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(A) The Police Department has primary responsibility for enforcement of this chapter. The Police Department is authorized to take any and all other actions reasonable and necessary to enforce this chapter, including, but not limited to, investigating violations, issuing fines and entering the premises of any business establishment during business hours.
(B) If a police officer determines that a violation of this chapter has occurred, he/she will issue a written warning notice to the owner or operator of the business establishment that a violation has occurred and the potential penalties that will apply for future violations.
(C) Any business establishment that violates or fails to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter after a written warning notice has been issued for that violation shall be subject to a civil penalty that shall not exceed $200 for a first violation; $350 for a second violation within any 12-month period; and $500 for each additional violation within any 12- month period. Every 30 days that a violation continues will constitute a separate offense.
(D) In addition to the penalties set forth in this section, repeated violations of this chapter by a person who owns, manages, operates, is a business agent of, or otherwise controls a business establishment may result in the suspension or revocation of the business license issued to the premises on which the violations occurred. No town business license shall be issued or renewed until all fines outstanding against the applicant for violations of this chapter are paid in full.
(E) Violation of this chapter is hereby declared to be a public nuisance, which may be abated by the town by restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunction, or other means provided for by law, and the town may take action to recover the costs of the nuisance abatement.
(Ord. 18024, passed 4-16-18)