(a)   The purpose of this Article shall be to establish a system of registration and regulation of Vacant Buildings to aid the City in the verification and management of said Vacant Buildings in order to protect and promote the public health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City and to provide for the elimination of hazards to public health and safety.
   (b)    The provisions of this Article shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, methods or processes otherwise permitted or authorized in any ordinance or law of the City, County or the State of West Virginia. Nothing in this Article shall preclude the City from using any existing or later created legal remedy that might be available to it to protect the health, safety and welfare of its residents or to enforce the ordinances and statutes applicable within the City.
   (c)    The City is authorized to create and establish a vacant building registration program under West Virginia Code§ 8-12-16c.
   (d)    This Article shall be construed liberally, to the extent permitted under state law, in order to achieve the purposes and intent set forth herein.
   (e)    The City Council hereby authorizes the City, through its officers, to act, in conformity with the terms and conditions of this Article and with state law.
(Ord. 690. Passed 2-19-13.)