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(a) Upon a receipt of an application for an annual license under this article, or for renewal thereof, the director shall make or cause to be made all investigations and inspections required by this article. Upon conclusion of all such investigations and inspections, the director shall either issue or renew such license or deny the application thereof within sixty (60) days from the date the application was filed, or as soon thereafter as practical. On renewal applications, where the director has neither approved nor disapproved the application before the current license expires, the current license shall remain in effect until the director either approves or disapproves the application for renewal.
(b) If, upon the completion of all investigations and inspections, the director finds that an institution for which a license under this article is requested is not in compliance with the requirements of this article, the director shall, within ten (10) days after making such a finding, cause to be served on the director or administrator of the institution concerned written notice of such fact and shall, in such notice, advise him of the necessary corrective measures to be taken before a license will be issued or renewed. If the applicant shall fail to take the corrective steps specified, the director shall refuse to issue or refuse to renew such license, as the case may be.
(c) All orders and notices issued by the director hereunder shall be served on the person to whom they are directed, either by registered mail or by personal delivery to such person. If such person cannot be found in the county, service by personal delivery shall be made on the next immediate subordinate of such person or upon the person who is at the time in charge of the institution. If no such person can be located, service shall be made by publishing such notice once in a newspaper of general circulation published within the county. (Mont. Co. Code 1965, § 89-16; 1972 L.M.C., ch. 16, § 13.)