[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Clairton 11-26-1996 by Ord. No. 1621. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vacant Property Review and Economic Development Authority — See Ch. 125.
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 159.
Building construction — See Ch. 163.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 171.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 199.
Nuisances — See Ch. 247.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 274.
All structures and properties which are subject to proceedings of the Clairton Vacant Property Review Committee shall be subject to forcible inspection by the City Manager or the Community Development Director of the City of Clairton, to be accompanied by City of Clairton police officers, and any prospective vacant property program applicant for the purposes of obtaining a rehabilitation work write-up and cost estimates for said structures and properties, and to determine whether there is any interest in the purchase of said structures and properties by the prospective vacant property program applicant.
Prior to commencing such forcible inspection of said structures or properties, the following procedure shall be implemented and followed by officials of the City of Clairton:
At least 15 days prior to the intended forcible inspection or entry of said structure or property by City of Clairton officials, the owner or occupant of said structure or property shall be notified, by both first class mail and certified mail, return receipt requested, that the City of Clairton intends to visit and inspect said structure and property at a particular day and at a particular time for purposes of obtaining a rehabilitation work write-up and cost estimates for said structure under the vacant property review program and to have the property inspected by any prospective vacant property program applicant. Such notice shall be mailed to the last known address of the owner or occupant, as listed on the real estate tax records of the City of Clairton or any other more up-to-date or accurate address listing maintained by the City of Clairton.
At the same time that such notice of intended visit and inspection is provided by mail to such owner or occupant of said structure or property, the property shall be posted with the same notice of intended visit and inspection. The posting shall be done by representatives of the City of Clairton who, at the same time as posting, shall knock or announce their presence to any occupant or owner of said structure or property. If an occupant answers the knock, a duplicate copy of the notice of posting shall be given to said occupant by the City of Clairton official responsible for posting.
Within a reasonable period of time of mailing of such notice, and posting of such notice, the person mailing or posting such notice shall file a certificate of mailing and/or posting with the office of the City Manager and shall include with such certification the date and time of said notice of mailing or posting.
At the designated date and time of the intended inspection of the subject structure or property, the City Manager or Community Development Director, along with one or more representatives of the Clairton Police Department, and any other persons the City Manager deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, any prospective vacant property program applicant or purchaser, shall knock on the main door of said structure to announce their presence. If the knock is answered by any owner or occupant of such structure, the City Manager shall obtain the permission of any occupant for such inspection. If permission is refused, then the City Manager shall not be permitted to enter said premises. If, however, there is no response to the knock of the City Manager at the door for the inspection, after the City manager waits a minimum of two minutes, and makes at least three separate knocks on the door, the main door of the subject premises, or any other door determined more appropriate by the City Manager or Community Development Director, shall be forcibly opened, if necessary, and the City Manager or Community Development Director, along with other persons present, shall be permitted to enter such structure.
Upon entering such structure or property, the City Manager or Community Development Director shall proceed to have the premises inspected for purposes of complying with the requirements of the vacant property review program, including, but not limited to, the obtaining of a rehabilitation work write-up and cost estimates, and the inspection of said premises by any prospective vacant property program applicant. At the conclusion of the inspection, the City Manager or Community Development Director shall make certain that all persons who entered the premises remove themselves and that the premises are again secured if there was any manner of forcible breaking and entering by the City Manager or Community Development Director. The City Manager or Community Development Director shall thereafter depart the premises and file a written report of the date, time and results of the inspection with the office of the City Manager. During such inspection, neither the City Manager, nor any persons present or in his company, shall be permitted to remove any items whatsoever from the subject structure or property.