Village of Hancock, NY
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Hancock 8-11-2003 by L.L. No. 3-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Defense and indemnification — See Ch. 5.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 96.

§ 78-1 Notice required for liability.

No civil action shall be maintained against the Village of Hancock (hereinafter referred to as "the Village") or the Superintendent of Public Works of the Village, or against any improvement district in the Village for damages or injuries to a person or property sustained by reason of any street, highway, bridge, culvert, highway marking, sidewalk, crosswalk, sign or device, or any other property owned, operated or maintained by any improvement district therein, being defective, out of repair, unsafe, dangerous or obstructed unless written notice of such defective, unsafe, dangerous or obstructed condition of such highway, bridge, culvert, highway marking sign or device, or any other property owned, operated or maintained by the Village, or any property owned, operated or maintained by any improvement district, was actually given to the Village Clerk or the Village Superintendent of Public Works and that there was a failure or neglect within a reasonable time after the giving of such notice to repair or remove the defect, danger or obstruction complained of; and no such action shall be maintained for damages or injuries to persons or property sustained solely in consequence of the existence of snow or ice upon any highway, bridge, culvert or any other property owned by the Village or any property owned by any improvement district in the Village unless written notice thereof specifying the particular place was actually given to the Village Clerk or the Superintendent of Public Works and there was a failure or neglect to cause such snow or ice to be removed or to make the place otherwise reasonably safe within a reasonable time after the receipt of such notice.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original § 78-2, Sidewalks, which previously followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 78-2 Transmission of notices to Clerk.

The Village or Superintendent of Public Works shall transmit, in writing, to the Village Clerk within five days after receipt thereof, all written notices received by him/her pursuant to this chapter, and he/she shall take any and all corrective action with respect thereto as soon as practicable.

§ 78-3 Record of notices.

The Village Clerk shall keep an index record, in a separate book, of all written notices which the Village Clerk shall receive of the existence of a defective, unsafe, dangerous or obstructed condition in or upon, or of any accumulation of ice and show upon any Village highway, bridge, culvert or a sidewalk, or any other property owned by the Village, or by any improvement district, which record shall state the date of the receipt of the notice, the nature and location of the condition stated to exist and the name and address of the person from whom the notice is received. The record of such notice shall be preserved for a period of five years from the date it is received. The Village Clerk, upon receipt of such written notice, shall immediately and in writing notify the Village Superintendent of Public Works of the receipt of such notice.

§ 78-4 Effect on other provisions; severability.

A. 
Nothing contained in this chapter shall be held to repeal or modify or waive any existing requirement or statute of limitations which is applicable to these causes of action, but, on the contrary, shall be held to be additional requirements to the rights to maintain such action, nor shall anything herein contained be held to modify any existing rule of law relative to the questions of contributor negligence, nor to impose upon the Village, its officers and employees, and/or any of its improvement districts any greater duty or obligations than that it shall keep its streets, sidewalks and public places in a reasonably safe condition for public use and travel.
B. 
If any clause, sentence, phrase, paragraph or any part of this chapter shall for any reason be adjudged finally be a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder of this chapter but shall be confined in its operation and effect to the clause, sentence, phrase, paragraph or part thereof directly involved in the controversy or action in which such judgment shall have been rendered. It is hereby declared to be the legislative intent that the remainder of this section would have been adopted had any such provisions not been included.