§ 151.02  INTENT AND FINDINGS OF THE CITY COUNCIL.
   (A)   It is hereby found and declared that the existence and occupation of dwellings in this city's jurisdiction that are unfit for human habitation are inimical to the welfare and dangerous and injurious to the health, safety and morals of the people of this city and county, and that a public necessity exists for the repair, closing or demolition of such dwellings. Whenever this city finds that there exists in the city dwellings that are unfit for human habitation due to dilapidation, defects increasing the hazards of fire, accidents or other calamities, lack of ventilation, light or sanitary facilities, or due to other conditions rendering the dwellings unsafe or unsanitary, or dangerous or detrimental to the health, safety, morals, or otherwise inimical to the welfare of the residents of the city; and
   (B)   It is hereby found that when there exists within the city's jurisdiction structures which the city Council find to be hazardous to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the city due to the attraction of insects and/or snakes and/or rodents or conditions creating a fire hazard, dangerous conditions constituting a threat to children or conditions creating a fire hazard, dangerous conditions constituting a threat to children or conditions creating frequent use by vagrants as living quarters in the absence of sanitary facilities.
   (C)    The City Council is authorized by state law to exercise its police powers to repair, close or demolish the dwellings in the manner herein provided; and pursuant to the authority granted by G.S. § 160A-193, it is the further intent of this ordinance to provide for the repair, closing or demolition of any such unsafe or unsanitary dwellings, and abandoned structures in accordance with the provisions as are set forth in this chapter for the repair, closing or demolition of dwellings and/or structures, and to establish minimum standards of fitness for the initial and continued occupancy of all buildings used for human habitation.
(Ord. passed 12-12-17)