Summary & Substantial Abatements
Summary abatement is the term the City uses to describe what is done when the City removes (or abates) a nuisance, when the owner has failed to do so. Summary abatements are used for:
- Trash, garbage, or other waste removal, if the owner does not remove it when ordered
- Cutting tall grass or weeds, again if the owner fails to do so
- Boarding vacant buildings which have broken windows, open doors, or holes, if the owner has failed to secure the building
- Broken sewer lines, which may happen during rodent or pest extermination
- Other property nuisances, such as hazards, hazardous wastes, graffiti, noxious substances, firewood, stagnant water, sanitary structures, snow shoveling, etc.
The City's action may be prompt after allowing the owner a reasonable time to remove the nuisance. The cost of a summary abatement is charged to the property owner as a special assessment (see Assessments).
Substantial abatements are used for:
- Demolition of vacant buildings, if the owner fails to rehabilitate or demolish the building within a reasonable time
- Major clean-up of garbage or other nuisance in excess of $3,000