The Mayor or designee is hereby authorized to direct utility service shut-off before the meter for all properties determined to be vacant and unsafe structures:
   (a)   If at any time there is property within the City of Euclid that has been determined to be vacant and unsafe whereby the Mayor or designee shall contact the appropriate utility company and direct that utility service to that property be shut-off prior to the metering device, subject to utility requirements for notification to property owners of record as required by law.
   (b)   For purposes of this determination:
      (1)   "Unsafe" means all buildings or structures that are injurious to or a menace to the public health, safety or welfare, or are structurally unsafe, unsanitary or not provided with adequate safe egress, or constitute a fire hazard, or are vacant and open to public entry, or are otherwise dangerous to human life or injurious to the public, or in relation to existing use constitute a hazard to the public health, safety or welfare by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, obsolescence or abandonment. All unsafe structures or conditions are declared to be public nuisances.
      (2)   "Utility" means any company, in the business of providing electrical, water, gas, telephone, cable, or other utility service to a building or structure.
      (3)   "Vacant" means that no person actually and legally resides in any part of the structure or that no person conducts a lawful business in any part of the structure.
      (4)   "Shut-off' means to stop the flow of gas, electricity, water or other utility service from entering the premises prior to reaching a metering device.
(Ord. 70-2010.  Passed 5-3-10.)