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A. In addition to and separate from possible abatement of the nuisance by the city as described in this chapter, after the date fixed for compliance described in this chapter, the city may pursue a civil or criminal action against a property owner who has committed a nuisance violation as determined by the nuisance inspector. A nuisance violation shall be a class C misdemeanor, subject to all penalties and enforcement measures described in title 1, chapter 4 of this code. If the city pursues criminal action against the property owner for any nuisance violation, the property owner may, upon conviction, be guilty of a class C misdemeanor, subject to penalty as provided in title 1, chapter 4 of this code, and for the additional penalty of one hundred twenty five dollars ($125.00) for each and every day the violation continues after the date fixed for compliance.
B. In respect to any amount owed the city for its abatement of the nuisance, the nuisance inspector may refer the same to the county treasurer for inclusion in the tax notice of the property owner. He shall do so by delivering three (3) copies of the itemized statement of all expenses incurred in the removal and destruction of the nuisance to the county treasurer within ten (10) days after the completion of the work of removal, after which the county treasurer shall have the responsibility to provide for collection of the same. Alternatively, the city may file suit against the property owner for collection of these costs, in which case reasonable attorney fees, interest and court costs shall be awarded the city upon obtaining a judgment in the suit, in addition to the costs of abatement.
C. Any property owner who has committed a nuisance violation as determined by the nuisance inspector to be a fire hazard and who fails to implement abatement procedures as requested shall, in addition to penalties and remedies set forth above, be required to reimburse the city for all costs of fire suppression in the event of a fire on the subject property. (Ord. 2005-35, 10-5-2005)