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Title: 15 - Utilities

Chapter: 04 - Underground Utility District

Section: 90 - Responsibility of property owners

A.  Every person owning, operating, leasing, occupying or renting a building or structure within a district shall construct and provide that portion of the service connection on his property between the facilities referred to in Section 15.04.080 and the termination facility on or within the building or structure being served. If the above is not accomplished by any person within the time provided for in the resolution enacted pursuant to Section 15.04.030, the director of public works shall give notice in writing to the person in possession of such premises, and a notice in writing to the owner thereof as shown on the last equalized assessment roll.

B.  The notice given by the director of public works shall particularly specify what work is required to be done, and shall state that the work shall be completed within twenty days. The notice shall further state that if the work is not completed within thirty days after receipt of such notice, the director of public works will provide such required facilities, in which case the cost and expense thereof will be assessed against the property benefited and become a lien upon such property.

C.  The written notice to provide the required underground facilities may be given either by personal service or by mail. In case of service by mail on either of such persons, the notice must be deposited in the United States mail in a sealed envelope with postage prepaid, addressed to the person in possession of such premises at such premises, and the notice must be addressed to such owner\'s last known address as the same appears on the last equalized assessment roll. If notice is given by mail, such notice shall be deemed to have been received by the person to whom it has been sent within forty-eight hours after the mailing thereof. If notice is given by mail to either the owner or occupant of such premises, the director of public works shall further, within forty-eight hours after the mailing thereof, cause a copy thereof to be posted in a conspicuous place on the premises.

D.  If upon the expiration of the thirty day period the required underground facilities have not been provided, the director of public works shall proceed to do the work provided, however, if such premises are unoccupied and no electric or communications services are being furnished thereto, the director of public works shall, in lieu of providing the required underground facilities, have the authority to order the disconnection and removal of any and all overhead service wires and associated facilities supplying utility service to the property. Upon completion of the work by the director of public works, he shall file a written report with the board of supervisors setting forth the fact that the required underground facilities have been provided and the cost thereof, together with a legal description of the property against which such cost is to be assessed. The board shall thereupon fix a time and place for hearing protests against the assessment of the cost of such work upon such premises, which time shall not be less than ten days thereafter.

E.  The director of public works shall, upon the time for hearing such protests having been fixed, give a notice in writing to the person in possession of such premises, and a notice in writing to the owner thereof, in the matter hereinabove provided for the giving of the notice to provide the required underground facilities, of the time and place that the board will pass upon Such report and will hear protests against such assessment. Such notice shall also set forth the amount of the proposed assessment.

F.  Upon the date and hour set for the hearing of protests, the board shall hear and consider the report and all protests, if there are any, and then proceed to affirm, modify or reject the assessment.

G.  If any assessment is not paid within five days after its confirmation by the board, the amount of the assessment shall become a lien upon the property against which the assessment is made by the director of public works, and the director of public works is directed to turn over to the assessor and tax collector a notice of lien on each of the properties on which the assessment has not been paid, and the assessor and tax collector shall add the amount of the assessment to the next regular bill for taxes levied against the property upon which the assessment was not paid. The assessment shall be due and payable at the same time as the property taxes are due and payable, and if not paid when due and payable shall bear interest at the rate of one percent per month.

 

(Ord. 73-15 § 9, 1973.)