Town of Urbana, NY
Steuben County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Urbana 3-9-1964. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Property maintenance — See Ch. 78.
The Town Board of the Town of Urbana. County of Steuben, State of New York, does hereby ordain and enact the following Sanitation Ordinance pursuant to § 130 of the Town Law.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOARD OF HEALTH
The Town Board of the Town of Urbana convened as a Board of Health.
HUMAN EXCRETA
Feces, urine and other excretions commonly disposed of by the so-called dry system, as typified by the ordinary privy.
LINEAR DISTANCE FROM THE LAKE OR WATERCOURSE
The shortest horizontal distance from the nearest point of the structure or object to the high-water level of such watercourse.
SEWAGE
Waste liquids containing human excreta and decomposing matter flowing in or from a house drainage system or sewer.
WATERCOURSE
Every spring, stream, pond (other than Keuka Lake) or channel of any kind which flows or eventually may flow into Keuka Lake.
A. 
No human excreta shall be deposited, thrown, placed or allowed to escape into the lake or any watercourse.
B. 
No human excreta shall be placed or spread upon the surface of the ground at any point on the watershed of the lake.
C. 
No human excreta shall be buried in the soil on the watershed of the lake unless deposited in trenches or pits at a distance of not less than 100 feet from the lake or any watercourse and covered with not less than 12 inches of soil in such a manner as to effectually prevent its being washed over the surface of the ground by rain or melting snow.
A. 
No privy or receptacle of any kind for the storage or deposit of human excreta shall be constructed, placed, maintained or allowed to remain within 50 feet of the lake or any watercourse except as hereinafter provided in Subsections B and C.
B. 
Every privy or receptacle of any kind for the storage or deposit of human excreta built or to be built on property which is so located, bounded or otherwise placed that the distance named in Subsection A cannot be obtained shall be placed as far as possible from the lake or any watercourse and especially constructed of masonry, concrete or metal to form a watertight receptacle from which no outward percolation can take place. Where removable watertight containers are provided, they shall be located as far as practicable from the lake or any watercourse. All privies or receptacles referred to in this chapter shall be constructed or installed only with the approval and under the supervision of the Board of Health and in such a manner as to effectually prevent any pollution of Keuka Lake.
C. 
No privy or receptacle of any kind for the storage or deposit of human excreta that is not watertight shall be constructed, placed, maintained or allowed to remain within 100 feet of the lake or any watercourse.
D. 
Every privy or receptacle of any kind or place used for the temporary storage of human excreta located between the limiting distances prescribed by Subsections A and C shall be arranged in such a manner that all excreta shall be received into a suitable watertight receptacle or removable container which shall be emptied when filled within six inches of the top. The contents, if disposed of as set forth in § 104-3C, and the receptacle shall be thoroughly cleansed and deodorized as often as may be found necessary to maintain these receptacles in a proper sanitary condition and shall be so removed as to effectually prevent any overflow upon the soil or upon the foundation or floor of the privy.
E. 
In the case of properties occupied only during the summer, said receptacles shall be emptied when necessary and also at the end of the summer season, disinfected and left empty during the winter.
F. 
The work of emptying and disinfecting these receptacles shall be done in such a manner as to effectually prevent any pollution of the lake.
G. 
Whenever, in the opinion of the Board of Health, excremental matter from the aforesaid privy, receptacle, trench or place of disposal may be washed over the surface of the ground or through the soil in an imperfectly purified condition into the lake or any watercourse, said privy, receptacle, trench or place of disposal shall be removed, after due notice to the owner thereof, to such places as shall be considered safe and proper by the Board of Health.
No sewage shall be discharged or allowed to flow into the lake or any watercourse nor deposited on the surface of the ground nor deposited beneath the surface of the ground within 50 feet of the lake or any watercourse except into watertight receptacles, the contents of which shall be disposed of as provided for by § 104-3C. These restrictions and limiting distances shall not apply to sewage treatment plants installed under and in accordance with plans which first have been submitted to and approved by the New York State Department of Health.
No bath water, sink or laundry waste or polluted liquid of any kind shall be discharged or allowed to flow into the lake or any watercourse nor be deposited on or beneath the surface of the ground within the lake or any watercourse nor in such a manner that it can be washed by rain or melting snow or otherwise over the surface of the ground into the lake or a watercourse.
No garbage, refuse or putrescible matter shall be deposited in the lake or any watercourse nor on or beneath the surface of the ground within 25 feet of the lake or of any watercourse nor in such a manner that it can be washed by rain, melting snow or otherwise over the surface or through the ground into any reservoir or watercourse.
No manure pile shall be maintained or allowed within 25 feet of the lake or any watercourse nor in such a condition as to pollute the lake or watercourse.
No interment of a human body shall be made within a distance of 300 feet of the lake or any watercourse unless such interment shall be in a watertight vault.
[Added 8-14-1989 by resolution]
Upon the transfer of any property, the septic system shall be pumped out to ensure that the system is in working order. Upon completion and verification by the serviceman, the Watershed Inspector shall complete the necessary paperwork.
The Board of Health or such other person or persons as may be charged with the maintenance or supervision of the water supply or the duly appointed representative of the Board shall make regular and thorough inspections of the lake, watercourses and watersheds tributary thereto for the purpose of ascertaining whether the above rules and regulations are being complied with, and it shall be the duty of said Board to cause copies of any rules and regulations violated to be served upon the person violating the same, together with notices of such violation. If persons served do not immediately comply with the rules and regulations, it shall be the further duty of said Board to maintain an action or proceeding in the name of the Town in a court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with or to restrain by injunction the violation of any such rule or regulation, notwithstanding that the ordinance, rule or regulation may provide a penalty or other punishment for such violation.
[Amended 9-10-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990]
A. 
A violation of this chapter is hereby declared to be an offense, punishable by a fine not exceeding $350 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both, for conviction of a first offense; for conviction of a second offense, both of which were committed within a period of five years, punishable by a fine not less than $350 nor more than $700 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both; and, upon conviction for a third or subsequent offense, all of which were committed within a period of five years, punishable by a fine not less than $700 nor more than $1,000 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both.
B. 
However, for the purpose of conferring jurisdiction upon court and judicial officers generally, violations of this chapter shall be deemed misdemeanors and for such purpose only all provisions of law relating to misdemeanors shall apply to such violations.
C. 
Each week's continued violation shall constitute a separate additional violations.