SEC. 7-158.  ABATEMENT AND RELATED ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS AS LIEN.
   (A)   When the city abates a nuisance as defined in section 7-151 or an attractive nuisance as defined in section 7-152, the city manager or designee may impose a lien for recovery by the city of the costs for abatement and related administrative costs upon the property on which the nuisance or attractive nuisance was maintained.
   (B)   Prior to recording a lien, the city manager or designee shall prepare a nuisance abatement cost report containing the following information:
      (1)   The street address, legal description, and assessor's parcel number of the parcel on which the lien is to be imposed;
      (2)   The name and address of the owner of the property;
      (3)   The name of the city as the agency on whose behalf the lien is imposed;
      (4)   The date of the abatement order; and
      (5)   The amount of the lien.
   (C)   The city manager or designee shall notify each property owner of the time, date, and location that the city council shall consider any cost report imposing a lien on the owner's property. The city manager or designee shall serve the notice in the same manner as a summons in a civil action pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with section 415.10) of Chapter 4 of Title 5 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
   (D)   If the property owner cannot be located after diligent search, the city manager or designee may serve the notice by posting a copy of the notice upon the subject property in a conspicuous place for a period of ten days. The city manager or designee shall also publish the notice pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 6062 in a newspaper of general circulation that is published in Ventura County.
   (E)   At a public hearing, the city council shall consider the cost report with any objections of any property owner liable to be assessed for the costs stated in the report. The city council may modify the cost report as appropriate.
   (F)   Upon approval by the city council, the city manager or designee shall file a certified copy of the cost report with the county auditor. The city manager or designee request that the county auditor process and record the lien.
(Ord. No. 2768)