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(A) Pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 7-148(c)(7)(H)(xv)(a), any person or entity who, after written notice and a reasonable opportunity to remediate blighted conditions as specified in § 150.64(B) of this code, willfully violates § 150.64(A) of this code, may be fined by the State of Connecticut not more than $250 for each day for which it can be shown, based upon an actual inspection of the property on each such day, the blighted conditions continued to exist after written notice to the owner or occupant, as provided in § 150.64(B) of this code. This section is designated as a violation pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-27.
(1) No person or entity shall be both found guilty of a violation pursuant to division (A) above, and assessed a civil penalty pursuant to division (A) above, for the same occurrence.
(2) Any person who is a new owner or occupant shall, upon request, be granted a 30-day extension of the notice and opportunity to remediate, provided pursuant to § 150.64(B) of this code, prior to imposition of a fine; if the blight is remediated during said extension, the case shall be dismissed. For purposes of this section, NEW OWNER means any person or entity who has taken title to a property within 30 days of the notice, and NEW OCCUPANT means any person who has taken occupancy of a property within 30 days of the notice.
(B) Any person or entity who fails to comply with § 150.64(A) of this code, and, thereafter, fails to remediate the blighted conditions within five days of the notice provided pursuant to § 150.64(B) of this code may be assessed a civil penalty for each building, structure or parcel of land in violation of § 150.64(A) of this code. The amount of the civil penalty shall be as set forth in the schedule of fees and charges attached to the annual budget of the city, pursuant to § 41.11 of this code, but in no event shall the civil penalty exceed the maximum amount provided in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 7-148(c)(7)(H)(xv). Each day a building, structure or parcel of land remains in violation of § 150.64(A) of this code shall constitute grounds for the assessment of a separate civil penalty. The issuing officer shall deliver notice of the civil penalty, either in hand or by mail, to the owner or occupant responsible for the blighted premises.
(1) Penalties assessed pursuant to division (B) above shall be enforceable by citation pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 7-152c.
(2) Persons or entities assessed a penalty pursuant to division (B) above shall remit fines for said violation within 30 days of the mailing of notice thereof. The fine imposed shall be payable to the City of Waterbury. Uncontested payments received pursuant to this division shall be inadmissible in any proceeding, civil or criminal, to establish the conduct of the person or entity making the payment.
(Ord. passed 10-22-2012; Ord. passed 9-23-2013)