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A. Generally. A person who has been served with a notice of violation must respond to the notice within fourteen (14) days of the date the notice is served. A person may respond to the notice of violation by:

1. Paying the amount of the monetary penalty as set forth in the notice of violation. Partial payment or payment using a check that is rejected for insufficient funds shall not be deemed payment under this subsection. Payment of the fine shall not relieve the person or entity responsible for the violation from the duty to correct or abate the violation. Additional notices of violation may be issued if the violation goes uncorrected.

2. Contesting the notice of violation by requesting a contested hearing in writing and sending the request and a $100 filing fee to the City as described in subsection (B) below.

3. Seeking to mitigate the monetary penalty by requesting a mitigation hearing to explain the circumstances surrounding the violation. The request to mitigate must be made in writing and sent to the City with a $100 filing fee as described in subsection (B) below. Requesting to mitigate the penalty shall not relieve the person responsible for the violation from the duty to correct or abate the violation. Additional notices of violation may be issued if the violation goes uncorrected.

B. Method of response. The person or entity to whom a notice of violation has been issued may respond by mailing or hand-delivering the response and the $100 filing fee to the City Clerk. Mailed responses must be postmarked no later than the fourteenth (14th) day from the date of service of the notice of violation; hand-delivered responses must be brought to the City Clerk no later than 4:30 p.m. on the fourteenth (14th) day after service; provided, where the fourteenth day falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline shall be extended to the next regular business day. Telephone, facsimile, or email responses shall not satisfy the requirements of this section.

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