(A)   The Planning and Development Department is hereby designated to enforce the provisions of this chapter and to exercise the duties and powers herein prescribed. The Planning and Development Department is authorized to exercise such powers as may be necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate the purpose and provisions of this chapter.
   (B)   The Planning and Development Department shall have the following powers and duties:
      (1)   To investigate the dwelling conditions and to inspect dwelling units located in the city, in order to determine which dwellings and dwelling units are unfit for human habitation, and for the purpose of carrying out the objectives of this chapter with respect to the repair, closing or demolition of such dwellings and dwelling units;
      (2)   To take such action, together with other appropriate departments and agencies, public and private, as may be necessary to effect rehabilitation of housing which is deteriorated;
      (3)   To keep a record of the results of inspections made under this chapter and an inventory of those dwellings that do not meet the minimum standards of fitness herein prescribed;
      (4)   To administer oaths and affirmations, examine witnesses and receive evidence;
      (5)   To enter upon premises for the purpose of making examinations and inspections; provided, such entries shall be made in accordance with § 152.09 and state law, and shall be made in such manner as to cause the least possible inconvenience to the persons in possession;
      (6)   To appoint and fix the duties of such officers, agents and employees as he deems necessary to assist in carrying out the purposes of this chapter, and to delegate any of his functions and powers to such officers, agents and employees; and
      (7)   To perform such other duties as may be prescribed herein or by the City Council.
(1997 Code, § 152.08) (Ord. passed - -1997; Ord. 2010-26, passed 12-14-2010)