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MOTION: NOHE June 22, 2010 <br />Regular Meeting <br />SECOND: CADDIGAN Ord. No. 10 -27 <br />RE: ADOPT AMENDMENTS TO CHAPTER 5, ARTICLE VI OF THE <br />COUNTY CODE TO REVISE THE UNIFORM SCHEDULE OF <br />CIVIL PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF SPECIFIED <br />PROVISIONS OF THE VIRGINIA MAINTENANCE CODE TO BE <br />EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010 <br />ACTION: APPROVED <br />WHEREAS, Virginia State Code § 36 -105 allows the County to enforce <br />provisions of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code as it relates to existing <br />buildings and structures and Code § 36 -106 provides for both civil and criminal penalties <br />for violations thereof, and <br />WHEREAS, the Board of County Supervisors enacted certain provisions of <br />Prince William County Code Chapter 5 in accordance with said Virginia Code sections; and <br />WHEREAS, Virginia State Code § 36 -106 has recently been amended by <br />the 2010 General Assembly and the Governor of Virginia with an effective date of July 1, <br />2010; and <br />WHEREAS, on May 18, 2010, the Board of County Supervisors authorized <br />a public hearing for the purpose of considering the adoption of amendments to Prince <br />William County Code Chapter 5, Article VI, to revise the uniform schedule of civil <br />penalties for violations of specified provisions of the Part III of the Virginia Uniform <br />Statewide Building Code (the "Virginia Maintenance Code "); and <br />WHEREAS, the Board of County Supervisors conducted a public hearing <br />on June 22, 2010, which was duly advertised in a local newspaper for a period of two <br />weeks, and interested citizens were given an opportunity to be heard; and <br />WHEREAS, citizen satisfaction could be increased with the ability to <br />collect increased civil penalties for second or subsequent offenses of the Virginia <br />Maintenance Code and the ability to collect an increased total penalty for violations arising <br />from the same set of operative facts; and <br />WHEREAS, citizen satisfaction could be further improved with the ability <br />to obtain court- ordered abatement on non - residential properties; and <br />WHEREAS, citizen satisfaction would be further improved with increased <br />compliance on the part of property owners due to the reluctance to pay the higher penalty <br />amount; and <br />