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(A) Establishment and composition. A Nuisance Board which shall be comprised of 3 members, all of whom shall be residents of the city and shall serve staggered 3-year terms, is hereby established. The members of the initial Nuisance Board shall serve 1, 2, and 3-year terms respectively. All appointments for a full term or to fill a vacancy for an unexpired term shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of the Council and a member may be removed in the same manner for misconduct or neglect. No more than 1 Council member shall be a member of the Board. Members shall receive no compensation for their services, but may be reimbursed for actual and necessary travel expenses incurred in the discharge of Board duties and activities.
(B) Officer and proceedings. The Board shall elect 1 of its members as Chairperson. The nuisance official's office shall keep an accurate record of its proceedings. Meetings will be held at the call of the nuisance official after an owner of real estate in the city requests a hearing to determine if a nuisance exists on the owner's real estate.
(C) Duties. The Nuisance Board shall conduct a hearing, as soon as practicable, whenever an owner of real estate wants to contest that a nuisance exists on his or her real estate. The Board may also decide on matters of enforcement conditions, which includes but is not limited to the amount of time that an individual will be given to become compliant.
(D) The Board shall consider both written and oral testimony at the hearing. Following the close of the hearing, the Board shall mail its decision to the owner within 10 business days following the hearing.
(E) If the Nuisance Board determines that a nuisance exists, the Board shall inform the owner by written notice of what is required to abate the nuisance and the amount of time the owner has to abate the nuisance. The notice shall also inform the owner that if the nuisance is not abated within the time specified, the city has the right to abate the nuisance and recover all costs, including, administrative costs, to abate the nuisance in the manner provided in § 95.10 or proceed to obtain a Summary Enforcement Order from the District Court.
(Ord. 336, passed 6-6-2016)