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(A) Any department of the city which receives a complaint regarding weeds and rank vegetation on any property within the city shall forward the complaint to the Department of Public Works. An authorized employee of the Department of Public Works shall visually inspect the property in question and prepare a written report. If the authorized employee has a probable belief that a violation of this chapter exists, the Director of the Department of Public Works shall issue a written notice of such violation to the landowner, allowing the landowner not less than ten days from the date of the notice to remove the weeds and rank vegetation. The penalty for violation of this chapter shall be as prescribed in the general penalty section of this code, § 1-1-2-3, which provides for a fine of not less than $50 for the first offense, or for each offense in the first continuous series of offenses, and a fine of not more than $2,500 for any second or subsequent offense or for each offense in any second or subsequent continuous series of offenses. Each violation shall constitute a separate offense and each day that a violation continues, after notice of the violation is given to the responsible party, shall constitute a separate offense.
(B) This notice shall be sent to the landowner at the last address of the owner for the property as indicated in the records of the Marion County Auditor on the date of the notice, by first class mail or an equivalent service permitted under I.C. 1-1-7-1, to the owner of record for real property with a single owner, or to at least one of the owners of real property with multiple owners. If another violation occurs within the same calendar year as a previous notice or notices, then further notification shall be made for continuing or additional abatement by the posting of notice at the property, as provided in I.C. 36-7-10.1-3(d).
(Am. Ord. 5, 2007, passed 6-4-2007; Am. Ord. 16, 2012, passed 9-19-2012; Am. Ord. 14, 2017, passed 10-2-2017)