[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors (now County Legislature) of Tompkins County as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-22-1984 by L.L. No. 3-1984]
No civil action shall be maintained against the County of Tompkins or the County Commissioner of Public Works for damages or injuries to persons or property sustained in consequence of any county street, highway, road, bridge, culvert, sidewalk or crosswalk being out of repair, unsafe, dangerous or obstructed, or in consequence of the existence of snow or ice thereon, unless prior thereto written notice of the defective, unsafe, dangerous or obstructed condition, or of the existence of such snow or ice, was actually given to the Clerk of the County Legislature or the County Legislature and there was a failure or neglect within a reasonable time after the giving of such notice to repair or remove the defect, danger, or obstruction complained of, or to cause the snow or ice to be removed, or the place otherwise made reasonably safe.
The Clerk of the County Legislature or the County Legislature shall transmit to the County Commissioner of Public Works within three days after the receipt of such written notice a copy of such written notice.
The Clerk of the County Legislature or the County Legislature shall keep an indexed record, in a separate book, of all written notices which she shall receive of the existence of such defective, unsafe, dangerous or obstructed condition, or of such snow or ice, which record shall state the date of receipt of the notice, the nature and location of the condition stated to exist, and the name and addresses of the person from whom the notice is received.
Nothing herein contained shall be construed to relieve a claimant of the obligation to send a notice of claim as provided in § 50-e of the General Municipal Law. Further, nothing contained in this chapter shall be held to repeal or modify or waive any existing requirement or statute of limitations which is applicable to these classes of actions, but, on the contrary, shall be held to be additional requirements of the right to maintain such actions.