[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Rhinebeck 11-1-1955 as Ord. No. 153. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes natural persons, corporations and all other entities of any kind capable of being sued.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, lessee or occupant having control of any occupied or unoccupied lot or land, or any part thereof, in the Village of Rhinebeck to permit or maintain on any such lot or land or on or along the sidewalk, street or alley adjacent to the same between the property line and the curb, or for 10 feet outside the property line if there is no curb, any growth of weeds, grass or other rank vegetation to a greater height than 10 inches on the average or any accumulation of dead weeds, grass or brush. This chapter shall not apply to farm or grazing land or land not within 300 feet of a neighbor's dwelling.
It shall be the duty of any owner, lessee or occupant of any lot or land to cut and remove or cause to be cut and removed all such weeds, grass or other rank vegetation as often as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of § 37-2 provided that the cutting and removing of such weeds, grass and vegetation at least once in every three weeks between May 15 and September 15 shall be deemed to be in compliance with this chapter.
If the provisions of the foregoing sections are not complied with, the Superintendent of Public Works shall serve written notice upon the owner, lessee or occupant or any person having the care or control of any such lot or land to comply with the provisions of this chapter. If the person upon whom the notice is served fails, neglects or refuses to cut and remove or to cause to be cut and removed such weeds, grass or other vegetation within five days after receipt of such notice, or if no person can be found in the Village of Rhinebeck who either is or claims to be the owner of such lot or land or who either represents or claims to represent such owner, the Superintendent of Public Works shall cause such weeds, grass or other vegetation on such lot or land to be cut and removed, and the actual cost of such cutting and removal, plus 5% for inspection and other additional costs in connection therewith, shall be certified by the Superintendent of Public Works to the Village Clerk and shall thereupon become and be a lien upon the property on which such weeds, grass and other vegetation were located and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lot or land and shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes and shall be collected and enforced by the same officer and in the same manner as taxes.