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Upon receiving the notice to repair or demolish the building, the owner of the building within the time stipulated may in writing to the Municipal Clerk request a hearing before the governing body, sitting as the Board of Appeals, to present reasons why the building should not be repaired or demolished. The governing body shall grant such hearing at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting, but in no case sooner than ten days from the date of receiving the request. A written notice of the governing body’s decision following the hearing shall be sent to the property owner by certified mail. If the governing body rejects the appeal, the owner shall have five days from the sending of the decision to begin repair or demolition and removal. If, after the five-day period, the owner has not begun work, the governing body shall proceed to cause such work to be done; provided, the property owner may appeal such decision to the appropriate court for adjudication during which proceedings the decision of the governing body shall be stayed. Where the municipality has not adopted a building code, the statutes of the state relating to bonded indebtedness and collection of delinquent taxes shall apply.
(Prior Code, § 9-704)