Any building or structure found by the Building Inspector to be in an unsafe or dangerous condition shall be ordered removed or repaired pursuant to Article I of this chapter. The Building Inspector shall also cause said building or structure to be entered on the docket of unsafe buildings kept in the Code Compliance Bureau. The owner, executors, administrators, agents or any other person who may have a vested or contingent interest in the same shall be served with a written notice containing a description of the premises or structure deemed unsafe or dangerous, a statement of the particulars in which the building or structure is unsafe or dangerous and an order requiring the same to be made safe and secure or removed, as may be deemed necessary by the Building Inspector. Such notice shall require the person thus served to immediately certify to the Building Inspector his assent or refusal to secure or remove the same.
If the person served with a notice specified in § 129-9 of this article shall immediately certify his assent to the securing or removal of said unsafe or dangerous building, premises or structures, he shall be allowed 24 hours, unless a longer period shall be specified in said notice, after the service of such notice within which to commence the securing or removal of the same, and he shall employ sufficient labor and assistance to secure or remove the same as expeditiously as can be done.
[Amended 1-10-2011 by Ord. No. 2-2011]
In addition to any penalty provided for in this chapter of the Code, upon the refusal or neglect of the person served with the notice for which provision is made in §§ 129-9 and 129-10 to comply with any of the requirements thereof, the Building Inspector may take down, remove, make safe or secure said buildings or structures and assess a lien against the property for the costs of such abatement, together with an administrative fee of 15%, pursuant to the procedures set forth in Chapter 226 of the City Code. In the event of demolition, the Building Inspector shall additionally follow the procedures set forth in § 129-15 hereof.
[Amended 1-10-2011 by Ord. No. 2-2011]
In case there shall be, in the opinion of the Building Inspector, actual and immediate danger of the falling of any building or part thereof so as to endanger life or property, and such danger constitutes an emergency, the Building Inspector shall cause the necessary work to be done to render such building or part thereof temporarily safe and assess a lien against the property for the costs of such abatement, together with an administrative fee of 15%, pursuant to the procedures set forth in Chapter 226 of the City Code.
The Building Inspector shall have power in such cases and also where any building or part thereof has fallen and life is endangered by the occupancy thereof to order and require the inmates and occupants of such buildings or part thereof to vacate the same forthwith. The Building Inspector may, when necessary for the public safety, temporarily close sidewalks, streets, buildings, structures and places adjacent to such building or part thereof and prohibit the same from being used.
In case of the falling of any building or part thereof in the City, when persons are known or believed to be buried under the ruins, the Building Inspector or the Fire Chief shall cause an examination of the premises to be made for the recovery of the bodies of the killed and injured. Whenever, in making such examination, it shall be necessary to remove any debris from the premises, the Department of Public Works, when called upon, shall cooperate in carrying out the purposes of this section and shall provide suitable and convenient places for the deposit of such debris, or, if the Department of Public Works is unable to carry out the purposes of this section, then the Building Inspector or the Fire Chief may retain a private contractor to perform all work necessary to carry out the purposes of this section.