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19-26,116. Board of county commissioners orders; notice, hearing and appeal procedures; authority to abate nuisance; costs on tax rolls. (a) Whenever the board of county commissioners or other agency designated by the board files with the Sedgwick county clerk a statement in writing describing a nuisance and declaring that such nuisance is a menace and dangerous to the health of the inhabitants of the county, the board of county commissioners, by resolution, may make such determination and issue an order requiring the nuisance be removed or abated.

(b) Except as provided by subsection (c), the board of county commissioners shall order the owner of the property to remove and abate the nuisance within not less than 10 days, to be specified in the order. The board or its designated representative may grant extensions of the time period indicated in the order. The order shall state that before the expiration of the waiting period or any extension, the recipient may request a hearing before the board or its designated representative. The order shall be served on the owner by personal service in accordance with K.S.A. 60-303, and amendments thereto.

(c) If the owner of the property has failed to accept delivery or otherwise failed to effectuate receipt of a notice sent pursuant to this section during the preceding 24-month period, the board of county commissioners may provide notice of the issuance of any further orders to abate or remove a nuisance from the property in the manner provided by subsection (d) or as provided in this subsection. The board may provide notice of the order by such methods including, but not limited to, door hangers conspicuously posting notice of the order on the property, personal notification, telephone communication or first class mail. If the property is unoccupied and the owner is a nonresident, notice provided by this section shall be given by telephone communication or first class mail.

(d) If the owner of the property fails to comply with the order for a period longer than that named in the order or any extensions of such time period, the board of county commissioners may proceed to order the repair or demolition of any structure and have the items described in the order removed and abated from the lot or parcel of ground. If the county abates or removes the nuisance, the county shall give notice to the owner by certified mail, return receipt requested, of the total cost of the abatement or removal incurred by the county. The notice also shall state that payment of the cost is due and payable within 60 days following the mailing of the notice.

(e) If the cost of the removal or abatement is not paid within the 60-day period, the cost shall be assessed and charged against the lot or parcel of land on which the nuisance was located. If the cost is to be assessed, the county clerk, at the time of certifying other county taxes, shall certify the costs, and the county clerk shall extend the cost on the tax roll of the county against the lot or parcel of land. Such cost shall be collected by the county treasurer.

(f) In assessing the cost of removal and abatement of a nuisance, the county shall subtract from the total cost of the abatement or removal incurred by the county the value of the property removed or abated. If the value of the property removed or abated is greater than the cost of the removal or abatement incurred by the county, the county shall pay the owner the difference. If the value of the property is contested, the property owner may request a hearing before the board or its designated representative prior to the 60 days following receipt of notice of costs due and payable under subsection (d).

(g) All orders and notices shall be served on the owner of record or, if there is more than one owner of record, then on at least one such owner.

(h) Any decision of the board of county commissioners or its designated representative is subject to review in accordance with the Kansas judicial review act.

History: L. 2021, ch. 30, § 2; July 1.



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