24—Amendment of section 118—Powers
Section 118—after subsection (4) insert:
(4a) If an officer of SASES, acting in relation to an emergency, engages a contractor to demolish, contain, neutralise, dispose of or remove any dangerous or hazardous structure, object, substance or materials, the costs of engaging the contractor are recoverable by SASES as a debt from the owner of the dangerous structure, object, substance or materials in a court of competent jurisdiction.
(4b) The Chief Officer may determine that the powers of an officer under subsection (4a)
may only be exercised by officers of or above a certain rank.
(4c) In any proceedings under subsection (4a)
, a certificate apparently signed by the Chief Officer certifying the costs of engaging the contractor is, in the absence of proof to the contrary, to be accepted as proof of the costs so certified.