City of Deer River Municipal Ordinances
any violations of this ordinance. If after investigation, they shall have reason to believe a violation has occurred, they may refer the matter to the City Attorney for criminal prosecution, initiate civil enforcement procedures as herein provided, or enter into a settlement agreement which, when approved by the City Council and affected persons, shall have the same force as an order of the Court.
Section 5. Statute of Limitations. No action may be brought for civil enforcement or criminal prosecution unless the charge of alleged discriminatory practice was filed with the City within l80 days from the occurrence of the practice.
Section 6. Civil Enforcement Procedure. Civil enforcement procedures shall be prosecuted by the City Attorney before the City Council in the following manner:
A. The City Attorney shall serve upon the respondent by certified mail a complaint, signed by him, which shall set forth a clear and concise statement of the facts constituting the violation, set a time and place for hearing, and advise the respondent of his right to file an answer to appear in person or by an attorney and to examine and cross-examine witnesses.
B. The hearing shall not be less than 20 days after service of the complaint. At any time prior to the hearing the respondent may file an answer. Facts not denied by answer shall be deemed admitted. If the answer sets out new matter, it shall be deemed denied by the City Council.
C. The complaint or answer may be amended at any given time prior to the hearing with the consent of the opposing party.
D. Hearings shall be before the City Council.
E. The City Council may obtain subpoenas from the District Court to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents at any hearing.
F. If, after hearing, the Council shall conclude that a violation has occurred, it shall prepare an order which may contain any provision deemed desirable to do justice to the complainant or to prevent further violations. It may include provisions which require the respondent to rent, sell, or lease particular housing to the complainant or to do any other thing as may be just. The Council's findings of fact and order shall be served on the respondent by mail, and shall become the findings and order of the City unless, within ten days after mailing of the findings and order, the Council shall revoke or amend the order, but any order of the Council may be modified by the Council at any time.
Section 7. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage