[Adopted 1-2-1996 by L.L. No. 1-1996]
Editor's Note: This local law also repealed former Art. III, Snow and Ice Removal, adopted 12-26-1978 by L.L. No. 2-1978, as amended.
The purpose of this article is to control and regulate the deposit of snow, ice, dirt and other obstructions upon Village streets, sidewalks and fire hydrants within the Village of Camillus by other than Village employees.
The owner of premises, whether such premises are vacant or have been improved, abutting on any street where a sidewalk has been laid shall keep the sidewalk in front of such premises free and clear from slippery snow, ice, dirt and other substances, materials and obstructions. The owner shall remove the snow, ice, dirt or other obstruction from the sidewalk sufficiently to create a safe pedestrian path.
In case snow and ice on any sidewalks shall be frozen so hard that it cannot be removed without injury to the sidewalk, it shall be strewn and kept strewn with ashes, sand, sawdust or other suitable material so as to be passable to pedestrians and not dangerous to life and limb. As soon as practicable thereafter, the sidewalks shall be cleared of snow, ice and other material as set forth hereinabove.
Whenever the owner of any parcel of real estate adjoining a public sidewalk fails to remove the snow and ice or other obstructions from such sidewalk adjoining such property within a reasonable time after written notice by the Village of Camillus to remove the same, the Village may remove or cause to be removed said snow and ice or other obstructions from said sidewalk and notify the Village Clerk of the expense incurred by the amount of labor, equipment and materials used.
The Village Clerk shall promptly present to the owner of each parcel a bill for the removal of snow, ice or obstruction as certified by the Village Board of Trustees. If not paid within 30 days, the cost thereof shall be assessed against the property and become a lien thereon collectible in the same manner as delinquent Village taxes.
No person, firm or corporation or agent or employee thereof, other than Village public works personnel, shall plow, shovel or blow snow or ice during snow removal operations upon a Village street or sidewalk or obstruct a Village fire hydrant with ice or snow.
Notice of violation; time limit for compliance. Any person, firm, corporation, agent or employee thereof violating any provision of § 94-5 of this article shall be served by the Village Mayor or the Village Code Enforcement Officer or the Village Superintendent of Public Works with a written notice stating the nature of the violation and providing a period of not less than four hours for the removal of the snow and ice so deposited upon a Village sidewalk, street or fire hydrant. The offenders shall, within the period of time stated in such notice, comply therewith.
Penalty provisions. Any person, firm, corporation, agent or employee thereof who shall continue any violation beyond the time limit established by the notice provided in Subsection A shall be guilty of a violation and, on conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a maximum fine of $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both. Each day in which any such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
Liability. Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall become liable to the Village for any expense, loss or damage occasioned by the Village by reason of such violation, including removal of said snow and ice by Village personnel.
No civil action shall be maintained against the Village for damages or injuries to person or property sustained in consequence of the existence of snow or ice on any street, highway, bridge, culvert or sidewalk or crosswalk, unless it appears that written notice of the existence of the snow or ice was actually given to the Village Clerk or to the Mayor or to the Foreman of the Highway Department of the Village and there was a failure or neglect within a reasonable time after the giving of such notice to cause the snow or ice to be removed or the place made reasonably safe.