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(a) Snow and/or ice which accumulates on any public sidewalk shall be removed by the owner, as defined in Section 218.01(f) of this code, or occupant of the abutting premises within 24 hours after the same has accumulated. Such removal shall be accomplished in a manner which will allow safe and convenient pedestrian traffic on the abutting sidewalk.
(b) In the event that the owner or occupant fails to comply with this section, the City Manager or the City Manager's designee may, in addition to the penalty set forth in Section 202.99, declare the accumulation of snow and/or ice to be a nuisance, and after notice to the owner or occupant upon failure of the owner or occupant to abate the nuisance, may cause such snow and/or ice to be removed and charge the owner for the costs and expenses thereof.
(c) For purposes of this section, notice shall consist of annual publication of a notice in a newspaper of general circulation. The notice shall indicate: That snow and/or ice not removed within 24 hours after the same has accumulated will be removed by the city and the owner of the property charged with the costs and expenses thereof; and in the event the costs and expenses are not paid within 30 days from the date of mailing of the bill from the city to the property owner's last known address a lein for those costs and expenses, as well as attorney fees and a penalty charge of 30% of the sums of costs, expenses and administrative fees shall also be assessed and shall be placed on the tax rolls of the property.
(d) An additional notice shall be posted at the property or mailed to the owner or occupant of the property prior to the first removal of snow and/or ice at the property during a November to November annual timeframe. Subsequent violations during that timeframe may be abated without further posted or individually mailed notice.
(e) Billing of costs and expenses will be mailed to the owner of the property at their last known address. If the costs and expenses involved are not paid within 30 days from the date of mailing of the bill from the city to the property owner's last known address, the payment shall be delinquent. In the event of delinquency, the city shall have a lein upon such property for the costs, expenses and any administrative or attorney fees incurred, and the lien is enforceable as a tax lien in the manner prescribed by the general laws of the state against the property and collected as in the case of general property tax.
(Ord. 65. Passed 3-20-84; Ord. 2005-07. Passed 3-1-05; Ord. 2019-09. Passed 11-28-19.)