Division 5. Buildings or Premises Damaged

5.04.440 Notice of removal.

Whenever any building or structure is found by the building official or fire chief of the city to be damaged by fire, decay or other cause to the extent of fifty percent of its value, the city manager or an official designated by him shall cause written notice to be served upon the owner thereof and upon the occupant thereof, if any, by certified mail or by personal service. Such notice shall state that it has been found that the building has or may be damaged by fire, decay or other cause to the extent of fifty percent of its value, that it should be torn down and removed within thirty days from the receipt of such notice and that, in the event the owner decided to contest such finding, a board of three members will be appointed for the purpose of verifying the extent of the damage.

(Ord. O-10-93 ยง 4 (part), 1993; Ord. 7-87 (part), 1987)

5.04.450 Selection of board to determine damage.

If the owner of such building notifies the city administrator in writing of his desire to have a board of three members determine the question of damage to the building, the owner shall, with such request, designate one person to be a member of the board. Thereafter, the city council shall designate one member, and these two members shall select a third member.

(Ord. 7-87 (part), 1987)

5.04.460 Owner to remove upon verification.

If such board determines, by a majority vote, that the building in question has been damaged to the extent of fifty percent of its value, it shall be the duty of the owner to tear down or remove such building within twenty days after the finding of the board, and it shall be unlawful to occupy or permit such building to be occupied after such finding.

(Ord. 7-87 (part), 1987)

5.04.470 Vacation of premises.

If the fire official determines that the condition of any building presents an imminent danger to the public health or safety, he may order the immediate vacation of the unsafe premises as well as endangered adjacent premises, and may divert traffic from streets and sidewalks.

(Ord. 7-87 (part), 1987)