Sec. 16-18. Removal of obstructions and encroachments; notice; failure of owner to act; removal by town.
   (a)   The notice of violation shall be sent to the property owner via first-class mail. The property owner will have fifteen (15) days upon receipt of violation letter to comply. If the property owner fails to comply within the fifteen (15) day period, the town will proceed to remove the obstruction(s) at the adjacent property owner's expense. If said violation letter is returned, the town will proceed to remove the obstruction at the adjacent property owner's expense.
   (b)   Any appeal to this violation should be made within the fifteen (15) day compliance period to the Code Enforcement Officer who will submit the appeal to the Staff Review Committee. The committee shall consist of, at minimum, the Town Manager, Director of Streets, and the Director of Utilities. This committee will consider all appeals as applications for encroachment and will make the final determination upon the conclusion of the Committee meeting. This meeting will be held once all citations for non-compliance are issued for the designated section.
   (c)   The requirements of this section and section 16-17 are intended to apply to any obstruction of any nature, kind and description upon any street, wharf or any other public place in the town.
(Code 1977, § 25-16; Ord. No. 2020-08, § I (part), 8-4-20; Ord. No. 2021-07, § 1 (part), 4-6-2021; Ord. No. 2022-03, § 1 (part), 3-1-2022; Ord. No. 2023-09, - -2023; Ord. No. 2024-02, § I (part), 3-5-2024)
State law reference— Obstructing highways and roads, G.S. 136-90, 136-91.