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17.37.080 Program Enforcement

Any property whose downspouts have not been granted an exception and remain connected to the combined sewer system in violation of Subsection 17.37.030 B.3. is hereby declared a nuisance and subject to abatement or correction.  Whenever the Director believes such a nuisance exists, a notice shall be posted on the property directing that the nuisance be abated or corrected.  The City retains the right to take any or all of the following enforcement actions if the property owner or their agent fails to abate this nuisance:

A.    Summary abatement.  If the property owner or their agent continues to ignore or refuses to abate the declared nuisance, the City reserves the right to obtain an order from the City Code hearings officer to summarily abate the nuisance on subject property.  The City shall attempt to bill the property owner for the costs of disconnection from the combined sewer. 

B.    Civil Remedy.  The City shall have the right to obtain, in any court of competent jurisdiction, a judgment against the person or property failing to disconnect from the combined sewer in accordance with the provisions of Section 17.37.030.  In any such action, the measure of damages shall be the costs for abatement by the City, administrative costs, permit fees, overhead costs, penalties, and other charges as determined by the Director. 

C.    Court Action.  In addition to any other remedy provided in this Chapter, the City Attorney, acting in the name of the City, may maintain an action or proceeding in any court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with or restrain by injunction the violation of any provision of this Chapter. 

D.    Withholding of BES Services.  Except as provided elsewhere in this Title or when the public welfare is endangered; the Bureau of Environmental Services may at its discretion withhold from the owner(s) (or the owner’s agent) of disconnection delinquent property as defined in Section 17.37.030, any service that is provided by the Bureau.  This may include, but is not limited to:

1.    Refusal of acceptance of application for permits relating to development on any property of the said owner(s).

  This withholding may continue until the disconnection delinquency no longer exists

E.    Appeal.  Property owners or their agents may request an administrative review as described in the Downspout Disconnection Administrative Rules to contest the city’s declaration of a nuisance or to request an extension in the abatement time frame.  If the appellant is unsatisfied with the BES staff response they may appeal the request to the City Code Hearings Officer as specified in Title 22 and in the Downspout Disconnection Program Administrative Rules. 

1.    In the event that the City needs to enforce the terms of the Code Hearings Officer’s order referred to in Section 17.37.080, an administration fee of $300 for each occurrence and associated costs for each occurrence for enforcing the terms of the order shall be billed to the property owner of the property in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 22.06.  If the administrative fee remains unpaid after 90 days, the administrative fee shall be made a lien on the property in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 22.06.