(A)   Dilapidated, decayed buildings prohibited.  No person, owning or controlling any lot or land within the city, shall suffer or allow any building or structure to be or remain thereon in a condition of dilapidation or decay so as to be dangerous in any way, or in a condition of filthiness so as to be offensive or injurious on any account.
   (B)   Notice.
      (1)   Whenever the existence of any nuisance defined in this section, on any lots or parcels of real estate situated within the city, shall come to the knowledge of the Mayor or Safety and Service Director, it shall be his duty to cause a written notice identifying the property and the city’s intentions with respect to removal or repair, to be issued to the holders of legal or equitable liens of record and to the owners of record of the property.  The notice shall be by certified mail addressed to any such person at his post office address at least 30 days prior to the removal or repair of any insecure, unsafe, or structurally defective building.
      (2)   If any emergency exists, as determined by the Safety and Service Director, notice may be given other than by certified mail and less than 30 days prior to removal or repair.
   (C)   Abatement.
      (1)   In the event of the failure, refusal, or neglect of the owner or occupant of any premises or property to cause the nuisance to be removed or abated in the manner and within the time provided herein, it shall be the duty of the Safety and Service Director to cause the matter or condition constituting the nuisance to be promptly and similarly abated, in a reasonable and prudent manner, at the expense of the city.  The Safety and Service Director shall compile the cost of the work done and improvements made in abating the nuisance, and shall charge the same against the owner of the premises.  It is provided that the costs of inspections, locating the owners, issuing notices, engineering fees, and ordering work done shall be included in the total cost of abating the nuisance.
      (2)   The Clerk of Council shall certify the total costs, together with a proper description of the lands to the County Auditor who shall place the costs upon the tax duplicate.  The costs shall be collected as other taxes and returned to the city.
(‘65 Code, § 132.33)  (Ord. 1985-44, passed 11-4-85)  Penalty, see § 93.99
   Building code, see § 150.01
   Dangerous buildings, see § 150.05