[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Schodack 5-9-1996 as L.L. No. 4-1996. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building Official — See Ch. 9.
Building construction — See Ch. 90.
Mobile homes — See Ch. 147.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 188.
Zoning — See Ch. 219.
Editor's Note: This local law repealed former Ch. 99, Buildings, Unsafe, adopted 2-13-1969 as L.L. No. 1-1969.
Pursuant to Town Law § 130, the town desires to regulate unsafe buildings and collapsed structures for the health, welfare and safety of its citizens and hereby enacts a new Chapter 99 to be known as the "Unsafe Buildings and Collapsed Structure Law for the Town of Schodack."
The town may order the removal or repair of buildings or structures that, from any cause, may now be or shall hereafter become dangerous or unsafe to the public.
Upon an inspection and report by an official or other person duly appointed by the Town Board, including but not limited to the building inspector that a building or structure shall be repaired or removed, the Town Board shall order a hearing be held relating thereto.
A notice shall be served on the owner or some one of the owner's executors, legal representatives, agents, lessees or any other person having a vested or contingent interest in the same, either personally or by registered mail, addressed to the last known address, if any, of the owner or some one of the owner's executors, legal representatives, agents, lessees or other person having a vested or contingent interest in the same, as shown by the records of the receiver of taxes and/or in the office of the County Clerk, containing a description of the premises, a statement of the particulars in which the building or structure is unsafe or dangerous and an order requiring the same to be made safe and secure or removed and, if such service be made by registered mail, for a copy of such notice to be posted on the premises.
A person or entity served with such notice shall commence the securing or removal of buildings or structures, as specified in said notice, within 30 days of the service of said notice, which shall be completed within 60 days thereafter unless otherwise provided by the Town Board.
A copy of such notice shall be filed in the office of the Rensselaer County Clerk, which notice shall be filed by such Clerk in the same manner as a notice of pendency pursuant to Article 65 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules and shall have the same effect as a notice of pendency as therein provided, except as otherwise hereinafter provided in this subsection. A notice so filed shall be effective for a period of one year from the date of filing; provided, however, that it may be vacated upon the order of a Judge or Justice of a court of record or upon the consent of the Town Attorney. The Rensselaer County Clerk shall mark such notice and any record or docket thereof as canceled of record upon the presentation and filing of such consent or of a certified copy of such order.
A hearing shall be held before the Town Board, notice of which and the time and place thereof to be specified in the notice to repair or demolish the building or structure as served upon the owner; the Schodack Historic Preservation Commission, if the subject property is designated or is in a designated district; and such other persons having an interest in the property or structure as is herein prescribed.
The Town Board may order the removal or repair of such building or structure by the town in the event that such owner fails or refuses to repair or remove the same within the time provided.
The town shall assess all costs and expense incurred by the town in connection with the proceedings to remove or secure, including the cost of actually removing said building or structure, against the land on which said buildings or structures are located; and such charges shall be levied and collected in the same manner as provided by law for the levy and collection of taxes.