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A. If the Enforcement Officer has reason to believe that a property subject to the provisions of this chapter is posing a serious and immediate threat to the public health, safety, and welfare, the Code Enforcement Officer may temporarily secure the property at the expense of the mortgagee or owner, and may bring the violations before the Village Prosecutor or the Board of Trustees as soon as possible to address the conditions of the property. Nothing herein shall limit the Village from abating any nuisance or unsafe condition by any other legal means available to it.
B. The Village Police Department, Code Enforcement Officer, Board of Trustees or Village Prosecutor shall have the authority to require the mortgagee or owner affected by this section, to implement additional maintenance and/or security measures including, but not limited to, securing any and all doors, windows or other openings, employment of an on-site security guard or other measures as may be reasonably required to help prevent further decline of the property.
C. If there is a finding that the condition of the property is posing a serious and immediate threat to the public health, safety, and welfare, then the Village Police Department, Code Enforcement Officer, Board of Trustees or Village Prosecutor may direct the Village to abate the violations and charge the mortgagee or owner with the cost of the abatement.
D. If the mortgagee or owner does not reimburse the Village for the cost of temporarily securing the property, or of any abatement directed by the Village Police Department, Code Enforcement Officer, Board of Trustees or Village Prosecutor, within 30 days of the Village sending the mortgagee or owner the invoice then the Village may lien the property with such cost, along with an administrative fee of $500 to recover the administrative personnel services. In addition to filing a lien the Village may pursue financial penalties against the mortgagee or owner.
E. The Village may contract with an entity to implement this chapter, and, if so, any reference to the Code Enforcement Officer herein shall include the entity the Village contracts with for that purpose.
(Ord. 5548, 10-5-20)