7-5B-4: WEED COMPLAINTS:
A. The waste management services department shall be responsible for the administration of this article, and for said purpose may receive assistance from code enforcement in receiving, processing, and inspection of weed complaints on private property.
B. The superintendent of waste management services, with the approval of the public works committee of the city council, shall be authorized to prepare a form for the resolution of weed complaints. The documents contained in this form shall become known as the Waterloo weed complaint policies. A written weed complaint may be filed with the city by an individual complainant.
C. The implementation of the provisions of this article and the Waterloo weed complaint policies shall be the responsibility of the superintendent of waste management services, his designee, or code enforcement. The superintendent or his designee and code enforcement shall have concurrent authority to cause the standards and procedures of this article to be enforced and shall be authorized to direct the removal of any weeds, grasses or other herbaceous vegetation if such vegetation is located on private property and is declared a nuisance or hazard in accordance with this article. (Ord. 5155, 3-25-2013)
7-5B-5: NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNERS:
A. Upon receipt of a complaint or observation by the superintendent of waste management services, his/her designee, or code enforcement, a notice shall be issued to the owner (as shown by the official records of Black Hawk County), agent, and/or person in possession or control of said property, describing the nuisance or hazard on said property. The first notice issued in respect of a given property in a calendar year shall demand abatement of the nuisance or hazard within five (5) days from the date of conspicuous posting at listed address, or parcel, and service by regular mail. Notices issued in respect of the same property in the same calendar year shall be delivered by conspicuous posting on the property and by regular mail and shall demand abatement of the nuisance or hazard within three (3) days from the date of posting and mailing. Failure of the owner to abate the growth within the time frame set forth herein may result in the city's abating said growth and assessing all costs associated therewith against the affected property. For purposes of this section, days shall be measured in calendar days.
B. Notice required herein shall be given in the manner prescribed, stating that the property is in violation of this article, and that failure of the owner, agent, and/or person in possession of said property to abate the growth within the time frame set forth herein may result in the city's abating the growth and assessing costs of said action against the property. If the code enforcement department, or the fire or health departments declare the growth to be an emergency, the city may perform any action required to abate said growth without prior notice, and assess any and all costs of said action to the property as provided herein. An "emergency" shall be any act or omission of the property owner, agent, and/or person in possession which constitutes a health, safety, or fire hazard to anyone.
C. In addition to any other fees or charges provided for in this article, an administrative fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) shall be charged to a property owner who is issued more than one notice pursuant to this section for the same street address or assessor's parcel in the same calendar year. For each and every subsequent abatement action, a three hundred dollar ($300.00) administrative fee will be charged as provided in subsection 7-5B-6B of this article. A party to whom a notice is issued who wishes to contest the administrative fee may file an appeal pursuant to subsection 7-5B-6C of this article. (Ord. 5155, 3-25-2013)
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