[Adopted 2-25-2009 by Ord. No. 1248; amended 12-13-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-17]
When in the opinion of the construction official, or in their absence the designate of the construction official, there exists an emergency situation concerning the condition of a property which represents an immediate threat to the public safety, health or welfare, or in the opinion of the construction official, a building or structure is dangerous to human life or constitutes a fire hazard, requiring immediate action to avoid and mitigate the emergency situation, immediate notice, if practicable, shall be given to the property owner requesting that the situation be remedied. The construction official shall attempt to contact the property owner via telephone, fax, or email concerning the emergency situation, and the owner shall be provided 24 hours within which to rectify and remediate the emergency situation. In the event the construction official is unable to make contact with the property owner, or the property owner otherwise fails to respond within the twenty-four-hour period, the Borough may take all actions necessary and appropriate to remedy the situation, including but not limited to demolition of the property.
In addition to assessing the cost of any such removal or demolition as a municipal lien against the premises, the Borough may enforce the payment of such assessment, together with interest, as a debt of the owner of the premises and may authorize the institution of an action at law for the collection thereof. The Superior Court shall have jurisdiction over any such action.