[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lattingtown (Art. 15 of the 1998 General Ordinance Compilation). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Construction requirements — See Ch. 114.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- DANGEROUS BUILDINGS
- Is hereby defined to mean and include any building, shed, fence or other man-made structure:
- A. Which is dangerous to the public health because of its condition, and which may cause or aid in the spread of disease or injury to health of the occupants of it or neighboring structures;
- B. Which because of faulty construction, age, lack of proper repair or any other cause, is especially liable to fire and constitutes or creates a fire hazard;
- C. Which by reason of faulty construction or any other cause is liable to cause injury or damage by collapsing or by a collapse or fall of any part of the structure;
- D. Which because of its condition or because of lack of doors or windows is an attractive nuisance or is available to and frequented by malefactors or disorderly persons who are not lawful occupants of the structure.
Any building in the Village which, from any cause, may now be or shall hereafter become a dangerous building as defined herein or is unsafe to the public, to the occupants thereof, or to adjoining property or occupants, shall be removed or repaired as provided in this chapter.
Upon receipt by the Board of Trustees of a report of an inspection by the Building Inspector of a building shown in such report to be a dangerous building, the Village Clerk shall cause to be served on the owner, either personally or by registered mail, addressed to the last known address, if any, of the owner as shown by the tax records of the Village or in the records of the County Clerk of the County of Nassau, a notice 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 same to be made safe and secure or removed, and the time within which the person served with such notice shall commence and complete the securing or removal of such building; and if such service be made by registered mail, the Village Clerk shall cause a copy of such notice to be posted on the premises.
In the event of the neglect or refusal of the person served with the notice provided for in § 107-3 to comply with the same within the time therein specified, a survey shall be made by the Village Engineer and a practical builder, engineer or architect to be named by the Board of Trustees and a practical builder, engineer or architect appointed by the person notified as provided in § 107-3, and in the event of the refusal or neglect of the person so notified to appoint such surveyor, the surveyors named shall make the survey and report. The aforesaid notice shall state that in the event that the building or other structure shall be reported unsafe or dangerous under such survey, an application will be made at a Special Term of the Supreme Court in Nassau County, not less than five nor more than 10 days following the receipt of the said report of the surveyors by the Board of Trustees, for an order determining the building to be a public nuisance and directing that it shall be repaired and secured or taken down and removed by the Village at the sole expense of the owner of said building.
The surveyors appointed as provided in § 107-4 shall receive reasonable compensation for their services as such from the Village.
Within five days following the receipt of a report of surveyors by the Board of Trustees, the Village Clerk shall cause a signed copy of the report of survey to be posted on the building.
When, after obtaining the aforementioned Supreme Court order, the Village has effected the repairing, securing or removing of a dangerous or unsafe building or incurred costs and expenses for same, the actual costs and expenses incurred plus accrued interest at the rate of 6% per annum from the date of completion of the work, if not paid by such owner prior thereto, shall be assessed against the lots or parcel of land where such building is or was located, which assessment shall be included in the next succeeding annual bill for Village taxes for such property and shall become a lien thereon when such taxes become a lien.