[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Augusta 12-2-2010 by Ord. No. 175 (Ch. 6, Art. IV, Div. 4, of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Sanitation Officer shall do the following:
Receive and examine into the nature of complaints and make inspections of nuisances dangerous to life and health, and order the suppression of the same. Among such conditions, but without being limited to such, he shall suppress dangerous health conditions arising out of sewers and drains, including private sewerage systems, plumbing and toilet facilities, dumps, the containing and disposal of garbage, refuse and rubbish, and presence of rodents.
Act on complaints and make inspections for health and sanitation conditions in eating establishments and places of public gathering, such inspection to be at least three times a year.
Cooperate with the state department in the inspection of milk under the state statutes.
Inspect promptly all premises for which a victualer's license is applied for and certify to the City Clerk that state and City health laws are complied with or promptly advise the City Clerk of his refusal to so certify.
Make and keep a record of all inspections and proceedings of his office and make a report thereof to the Health Officer.
When any source of filth or other cause of sickness is found on private property, in accordance with the state statutes, the owner or occupant thereof shall, within 24 hours after notice from the Sanitation Officer, at his own expense, remove or discontinue it; and if he neglects or unreasonably delays to do so, he forfeits an amount in accordance with Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty, of the City Code, and the Sanitation Officer shall cause the nuisance to be removed or discontinued; and all expenses thereof shall be repaid to the City by such occupant or owner, or by the person who caused or permitted it.
Whenever, in the opinion of the Sanitation Officer, any privy, vault, cesspool or septic tank shall become offensive to the safety, health, comfort or convenience of the public, he shall give notice requiring the owner or occupant of the premises to clean, remove or alter the same in a manner satisfactory to the officer within 10 days from the day of the notice.
Should the owner or occupant of premises fail to clean, remove or alter the privy, vault, cesspool or septic tank within the time specified, the Sanitation Officer shall cause the work to be done; and all expense thereof shall be repaid to the City by such owner or occupant.
The collection of refuse matter in or around the immediate vicinity of any dwelling house or place of business, such as swill, waste of meat, fish or shells, bones, decaying vegetables, dead carcasses, excrement or any kind of offal that may decompose and generate bacteria or unhealthy gases shall be considered a nuisance and shall be disposed of in such a manner as not to be offensive.