Notwithstanding the abatement procedures set forth in the preceding sections, the city council may, by resolution, direct the city attorney to bring all necessary civil actions on behalf of the city to enjoin, abate or restrain the continued violation of any ordinance, rule or regulation enacted, adopted, or passed by the city council and having the effect of law, the violation of which is designated as a nuisance in such ordinance, rule or regulation. All such proceedings shall be under the control of the city council in the same manner as other suits to which the city is a party. No such proceedings shall be initiated by the city attorney without making request for authority to initiate the same. (1973 Code § 8.12.110)