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Words, terms and phrases defined in a title of the Monroe Municipal Code shall apply to enforcement of that title by the city. In addition, as used in this chapter, unless a different meaning is plainly required:

A. “Abate” means to repair, replace, remove, destroy, correct or otherwise remedy a condition which constitutes a violation of the Monroe Municipal Code, in such a manner and to such an extent as the department director determines is necessary in the interest of the general health, safety and welfare of the community.

B. “Code enforcement officer” means any city employee taking enforcement action as provided in this chapter.

C. “Department director” means the mayor, the department director or the director’s designee, who is generally responsible for enforcement of the Monroe Municipal Code provision which is the subject of a violation.

D. “Enforcement action” means the use of administrative and/or judicial process to achieve compliance with code provisions, including but not limited to nuisance abatement, notice and order of code violation, imposition of penalties, citation for an infraction and/or citation for a criminal offense.

E. “Emergency” means a situation which, in the determination of the department director, requires immediate action to prevent or eliminate an immediate threat to the health or safety of persons or property.

F. “Public nuisance” means:

1. A violation of any city ordinance;

2. Public nuisances as defined and identified in Chapter 6.04 MMC; or

3. Public nuisance as defined and identified in Chapter 7.48 RCW.

G. “Person” means an individual, corporation, partnership, entity or any other group acting as a unit.

H. “Repeat offender” means the responsible party who has previously received a civil infraction or notice and order of code violation within the last 24 months for a violation of the same or similar code provision.

I. “Responsible party” means any person who has committed or permitted a violation of this code and/or a person who has an interest in or resides on property that is the location of a violation of this code, whether as owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or otherwise, or who by act of commission or omission procures, aids or abets a violation of this code.

J. “Voluntary compliance” means the time allowed for the responsible party to correct violations before penalties are assessed. The allowed time stated within a notice and order of code violation is established by the department director. (Ord. 017/2020 § 1 (Exh. A))