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A. If, after inspecting the property on which the nuisance is reported, the building department declares the existence of a public nuisance, but the nature thereof is not such as to require the summary abatement of such nuisance, then regular abatement procedures shall be followed. Photographs and reports of the findings and inspections shall be made and filed with the building department.
B. The building department shall determine the individual, firm or corporation who, from the records in the county recorder's or assessor's office, appears to be the owner of record of the aforesaid property and immediately cause a written notice to be served on such individual, firm or corporation by personal service or by leaving a copy of the notice at the usual place of residence or business of such owner, or address of such owner shown in the county recorder's or assessor's records, or by copy mailed to such owner at such place or address by United States certified mail, return receipt requested. If service of such written notice is unable to be perfected by any of the methods described above, the building department shall cause a copy of the aforesaid notice to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the city, once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks, and shall further cause a copy of the aforesaid notice to be left with the individual, if any, in possession of such property on which it is alleged such public nuisance exists, or if there is no individual in possession thereof, the building department shall cause a copy of the notice to be posted at such structure, location or premises. The building department shall also determine from the recorder's office who may be a lien holder on the property, if any, as documented therein, and cause a written notice to be served on such lien holder by United States certified mail, return receipt requested.
C. The aforesaid notice to the owner, and lien holder, if any, of the property shall state clearly and concisely the findings of the building department with respect to the existence of a public nuisance. The notice shall further state that unless the owner thereof shall cause the abatement of the public nuisance, pursuant to the orders contained in the building department's notice, the public nuisance shall be abated by the city at the expense of the owner.
D. Any person who is the record owner of the premises, location or structure at the time an order pursuant to this chapter is issued and served upon him, shall be responsible for complying with that order, and liable for any costs incurred by the city therewith, notwithstanding the fact that he conveys his interest in the property to another after such order was issued and served.
E. It shall not be a defense to the determination that a public nuisance exists that the property is boarded up or otherwise enclosed. (Ord. 1343, 7-23-2001)