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(A) Any person or entity violating any provision of this code, or any code adopted pursuant thereto, within the corporate limits of the town may be issued a uniform ordinance summons. Issuance of the uniform ordinance summons shall vest jurisdiction in the Town Municipal Court to hear and dispose of the charge for which the uniform ordinance summons was issued and served. The uniform ordinance summons may be issued by any town law enforcement officer or any other town employee designated as a code enforcement officer pursuant to this Code or by Town Council or the Town Administrator. The bond amount for violations shall be prescribed by a Municipal Court Judge. Town law enforcement or code enforcement officers are prohibited from accepting bonds. The uniform ordinance summons shall not be used to perform a custodial arrest.
(B) This section does not apply to any ordinance which regulates the use of motor vehicles on the public roads.
(C) An ordinance summons must cite only one violation per summons and must contain at least the following information:
(1) The name and address of the person or entity charged;
(2) The name and title of the issuing officer;
(3) The time, date, and location of the hearing;
(4) A description of the ordinance the person or entity is charged with violating;
(5) The procedure to post bond; and
(6) Any other notice or warning otherwise required by law.
(D) The ordinance summonses must be consecutively and discretely numbered. The ordinance summonses must be audited as part of the annual independent audit required in S.C. Code § 5-7-240, 1976 as amended and a separate copy of each audit must be furnished to the chief administrative officer of the municipality.
(E) Any law enforcement officer or code enforcement officer who serves an ordinance summons must allow the person served to proceed without first having to post bond or to appear before a Municipal Judge. Acceptance of an ordinance summons constitutes a person’s recognizance to comply with the terms of the summons.
(F) This statute does not prohibit the municipality from enforcing ordinances by means otherwise authorized by law.
(G) The form set out in the appendix following this chapter is adopted as the Town Uniform Ordinance Summons.
('81 Code, § 35.11) (Ord. passed 12-8-92) Penalty, see § 35.99