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(A) Upon request by the owner of the vehicle or owner of the land received by the Chief of Police within ten days after the mailing of the notices of intention to abate and remove, a public hearing shall be held by the Town Council on the question of abatement and removal of the vehicle or parts thereof as an abandoned, wrecked, dismantled or inoperative vehicle, and the assessment of the administrative costs and the cost of removal of the vehicle or parts thereof against the property on which it is located.
(B) (1) If the owner of the land submits a sworn written statement denying responsibility for the presence of the vehicle on his or her land within the ten-day period, the statement shall be construed as a request for a hearing which does not require his or her presence.
(2) Notice of the hearing shall be mailed, by registered mail, at least ten days before the hearing to the owner of the land and to the owner of the vehicle, unless the vehicle is in such condition that identification numbers are not available to determine ownership.
(3) If such a request for hearing is not received within ten days after mailing of the notice of intention to abate and remove, the town shall have the authority to abate and remove the vehicle or parts thereof as a public nuisance without holding a public hearing.
(Prior Code, § 10.16.090)