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(a) Whenever the Director of Public Service determines that a public sidewalk is defective or dangerous to pedestrian traffic, the Director shall notify, in writing, the owner of the property abutting upon such sidewalk of such defective or dangerous conditions and order the owner to repair or replace such sidewalk within a period of time, not to exceed 60 days. Such notice shall be given in the same manner as service of summons in civil cases, or by certified mail addressed to such owner at his or her last known address or to the address to which tax bills are sent, or by a combination of the foregoing methods. The return of the person serving the notice or a certified copy thereof, or a returned receipt for notice forwarded by certified mail accepted by the addressee or anyone purporting to act for him, shall be prima facie evidence of the service of notice under this section.
(b) Such notice shall also set forth the place where the specifications governing the construction or repair of such sidewalks are on file; the time within which the owner of such lot or parcel of land may construct or repair such sidewalks; that in the event such owner does not construct or repair such sidewalks in accordance with such specifications and within such time, the City will construct or repair such sidewalks and assess the costs thereof against the lot or land of such owner; and unless, within ten days after receiving such notice, such owner of the property abutting upon such sidewalk delivers a response in writing to the Director of Public Service or presents himself or herself for a hearing before the Director.
(c) If the owner or the property responds or presents himself or herself before the Director of Public Service for a hearing, the Director shall consider any appropriate objections and rule thereof. The Director may permit such person additional time to repair or replace the sidewalk, order the repair or replacement of the sidewalk by the City or reverse or modify the earlier finding, as may be appropriate. The order of the Director shall be final.
(Ord. 88-2004. Passed 7-12-04.)