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(a) To the extent not otherwise authorized by state law, all notices of violation or correction for violations that fall within one of the categories defined in Section 1730.02(d)(1), (2), (4) or (10) shall be served in accordance with the process set forth in the State Building Code.
(b) Any violation of this article may be prosecuted by the Town consistent with state and local laws. Unless otherwise authorized by state law, prosecution of a violation shall be initiated by a complaint presented to and sworn or affirmed before the Municipal Judge. Unless otherwise provided by statute, the presentation and oath or affirmation shall be made by a Code Enforcement Agency Official or Town Attorney showing reason to have reliable information and belief. If from the facts stated in the complaint the Municipal Judge finds probable cause, the complaint becomes the charging instrument initiating a criminal proceeding. A complaint lawfully authorized by this subsection along with a summons setting forth the date, time and place of appearance before the Municipal Judge shall be served in accordance with the law of the State of West Virginia concerning the service of process in civil actions, except that personal service of a summons and complaint may be made by a Code Enforcement Agency Official. If service is made by certified mail under Rule 4(d)(1)(D) of the West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure and delivery of the summons and complaint is refused, the Code Enforcement Agency Official, promptly upon receipt of the notice of the refusal, shall mail to the person or entity being noticed, by first class mail, postage prepaid, a copy of the summons and complaint. If the first class mailing is not returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service, service of the summons and complaint is presumed to have been effectuated. Upon service of the summons and complaint consistent with this subsection, the violation may be prosecuted consistent with state and local law.
(Ord. 2018-1. Passed 2-1-18.)