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If any responsible person fails to comply with an order of a fire official, as finally affirmed or modified pursuant to Section 1602.07, within the time fixed in such order, then the Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention, upon the approval of the Director of Public Safety, may cause the building or premises to be repaired, torn down or demolished, materials to be removed, and all dangerous conditions to be remedied, if such was the mandate of the order, at the expense of the responsible person. At least thirty days prior to the repairing, tearing down or demolition of any building or premises, or the removal of materials, or the remedying of such conditions, the Chief of the Bureau shall give notice by certified mail of his or her intention with respect to such building or premises to the holders of liens of record upon the real property on which such building or premises are located and to owners of record of such property. The holders of liens of record upon such property may enter into an agreement with the fire official to perform the repair, tearing down, demolition, removal or other remedial action. If an emergency exists, as determined by the Chief of the Bureau, notice may be given other than by certified mail and less than thirty days prior to such repair, tearing down, demolition, removal or other remedial action. If for any reason notice is not given, the lien provided for in this section is subordinate to any liens of prior record. If the responsible person, within thirty days thereafter, fails, neglects or refuses to pay the expense incurred in enforcing the order of the Chief under this section, he or she shall, pursuant to Ohio R.C. 3737.45, certify the expenses, together with a twenty-five percent penalty thereon, to the County Auditor, and the Auditor shall enter such expenses on the tax duplicate of the County as a special charge against the real estate on which such building or premises are or were situated, and the same shall be collected as other taxes.
(Ord. 28-1987. Passed 5-11-87.)