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Village of Whitefish Bay, WI
Milwaukee County
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[Adopted as Secs. 9.03 and 9.05 of the Codification]
A. 
Enforcement. It shall be the responsibility of the Chief of Police, Building Inspector and Health Officer to enforce those provisions of this chapter that come within the jurisdiction of their offices, and they shall make periodic inspections upon complaint to insure that such provisions are not violated. No action shall be taken under this section to abate a public nuisance unless the officer shall have inspected or caused to be inspected the premises where the nuisance is alleged to exist and have satisfied himself that a nuisance does in fact exist.
B. 
Summary abatement.
(1) 
Notice. If the inspecting officer determines that a public nuisance exists and that there is a great and immediate danger to the public health, safety, peace, morals or decency, he shall cause notice to be served in the manner provided for service of a summons in circuit court upon the person causing, permitting or maintaining the nuisance or upon the owner or occupant of the premises where such nuisance is caused, permitted or maintained, and shall cause a copy of the notice to be posted on the premises. Such notice shall direct the person causing, permitting or maintaining such nuisance or the owner or occupant of the premises to abate or remove such nuisance within 24 hours and shall state that, unless such nuisance is so abated, the Village will cause the same to be abated and will charge the cost thereof to the owner, occupant or person causing, permitting or maintaining the nuisance, as the case may be.
(2) 
Abatement by Village. If the nuisance is not abated within the time provided or if the owner, occupant or person causing the nuisance cannot be found, the officer having the duty of enforcement shall cause the abatement or removal of such public nuisance.
C. 
Abatement by court action. If the inspecting officer shall determine that a public nuisance exists on private premises but that the nature of such nuisance is not such as to threaten great and immediate danger to the public health, safety, peace, morals or decency, he shall file a written report of his findings with the Village Manager, who upon direction of the Village Board shall cause an action to abate such nuisance to be commenced in the name of the Village in the Circuit Court of Milwaukee County in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 823of the Wisconsin Statutes.
D. 
Other methods not excluded. Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting the abatement of public nuisances by the Village or its officials in accordance with the laws of the State of Wisconsin.
In addition to any other penalty imposed by this article for the erection, contrivance, creation, continuance or maintenance of a public nuisance, the cost of abating a public nuisance by the Village shall be collected as a debt from the owner, occupant or person causing, permitting or maintaining the nuisance, and if notice to abate the nuisance has been given to the owner, such cost shall be assessed against the real estate as a special charge.