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(A) Premises found to be in violation of § 96.03 are hereby declared to constitute nuisances. Any city officer or employee shall, and any other responsible person may, upon determining that any premises stand in violation of § 96.03, report to the City Administrator the location or address of the premises and a description of the condition thereon which he or she considers to be a violation of § 96.03. Upon receiving any notice, the City Administrator shall cause the premises to be investigated without delay, and if he or she finds the premises to constitute a nuisance as provided in this section, he or she shall promptly notify the owner, occupant or person in charge of the premises to remove or abate the condition which constitutes the nuisance within that time, not more than ten days, as he or she shall specify in the notice. It shall be the duty of the owner, occupant or person in charge of the premises mentioned in the notice to comply with the directive contained in the notice.
(B) Nuisances not abated within ten days shall be reported by the City Administrator to the City Council at its next meeting; and the Council may proceed to cause the abatement of the nuisance by city personnel and equipment, or by private contractor, and all costs and expenses so incurred shall become a debt due the city by the owner of the premises and a special assessment against the premises, collectible as are other special assessments.
(C) Notices to owners, occupants and persons in charge of the premises shall be in writing and by personal service, except that when personal service is not reasonably possible, service may be by one publication in the official newspaper.
(1973 Code, § 13-4)