A municipal corporation may fill or drain any lot or land within its limits on which water at any time becomes stagnant, remove all putrid substances from any lot, and remove all obstructions from culverts, covered drains, or private property, laid in any natural watercourse, creek, brook, or branch, which obstruct the water naturally flowing therein, causing it to flow back or become stagnant, in a way prejudicial to the health, comfort, or convenience of any of the citizens of the neighborhood. If such culverts or drains are of insufficient capacity, the municipal corporation may make them of such capacity as reasonably to accommodate the flow of such water at all times. The legislative authority of such municipal corporation may, by resolution, direct the owner to fill or drain such lot, remove such putrid substance or such obstructions, and if necessary, enlarge such culverts or covered drains to meet the requirements thereof.
After service of a copy of such resolution, or after a publication thereof, in a newspaper of general circulation in such municipal corporation or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code, for two consecutive weeks, such owner, or such owner's agent or attorney, shall comply with the directions of the resolution within the time therein specified.
In case of the failure or refusal of such owner to comply with the resolution, the work required thereby may be done at the expense of the municipal corporation, and the amount of money so expended shall be recovered from the owner before any court of competent jurisdiction. Such expense from the time of the adoption of the resolution shall be a lien on such lot, which may be enforced by suit in the court of common pleas, and like proceedings may be had as directed in relation to the improvement of streets.
The officers connected with the health department of every such municipal corporation shall see that this section is strictly and promptly enforced.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.
Effective Date: 01-10-1961