Section 11-67-23

Notice to owner of public hearing; contents; publication in newspaper; posting of signs and form thereof.

After the passage of the resolution, notice of a public hearing on the matter shall be given by certified mail, return receipt requested, mailed 30 days prior to the date of the hearing and shall inform the owner of the time, date, and place of the hearing and the reason for the hearing. The notice shall be mailed to the owner of the property as the information appears on record in the office of the tax assessor.

All notices shall carry a list of names of persons or private contractors, or both, who perform the work and are registered with the city clerk. The names shall not constitute a recommendation and the failure to include a list shall in no way affect the operation of this article.

Notice shall also be given by publication in a newspaper normally read by all segments of the population published in the county once a week for two consecutive weeks, or if no newspaper is published in the county, notice shall be given by radio or television. The first notice shall be published at least 14 days prior to the date of the scheduled hearing.

In addition, two signs shall be conspicuously posted on the property. The wording of the signs shall not be less than one inch in height and shall be in substantially the following form:

Notice is hereby given that on the ______ day of ______, 2__ at __ A.M./P.M. in the council chamber, the council of the City of _____ will consider a resolution regarding the weeds growing upon or in front of the property _____ Street, in the City of _____, and more particularly described in the resolution, a copy of which is on file in the office of the city clerk; and at that time and place will determine whether the weeds constitute a public nuisance which shall be abated by the removal of the noxious or dangerous weeds; and, if so, will order the abatement and removal of the nuisance, in which case the cost of abatement and removal shall be assessed upon the lots and lands from which or in front of which the weeds are removed, and the cost shall be added to the next regular bills for taxes levied against the respective lots and lands for municipal purposes. The amounts shall be collected at the same time and in the same manner as ordinary municipal taxes are collected. The amounts shall be subject to the same commissions and fees and the same procedure for foreclosure and sale in case of delinquency as provided for ordinary municipal taxes.

If no objections are filed with the city clerk at least five days before the meeting of the council and unless the person appears before the council in person or through his or her representative to show cause, if any, why his or her objection should be sustained, it shall be presumed that the person accepts the notice as fact and waives any rights he or she may have to contest the removal of the weeds and the action of the council shall be final unless good and sufficient cause can be otherwise shown.

Reference is hereby made to the resolution, on file in the office of the city clerk, for further particulars.

Dated this ______ day of _____, 2__.

Name of city
By: ________
City Clerk

The notice shall be posted at least seven days prior to the time for hearing objections by the governing body of the municipality.

(Acts 1988, No. 88-333, p. 502, §4; Acts 1995, No. 95-252, p. 421, §1.)