Town of Ithaca, NY
Tompkins County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Ithaca 7-7-1960. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction and fire prevention — See Ch. 125.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 205.
[Amended 9-14-1987 by L.L. No. 13-1987]
Any buildings or structures within the Town of Ithaca which are now or should hereafter become dangerous or unsafe to the public, or shall have collapsed or be in danger of collapsing, shall be either removed, and the ground in the area of such building filled and leveled to the natural grade, or repaired to meet the standards of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
The following shall be provided:
A. 
An inspection and report by the Town Building Inspector.
B. 
Notice to be served on the owner or some one of the owner's executors, legal representatives, agents, lessees or any other person having a vested or contingent interest in the property, either personally or by registered mail addressed to the last known address, if any, of the owner or some one of the owner's executors, legal representatives, agents, lessees or other person having a vested or contingent interest in same, as shown by the records of the receiver of taxes and/or in the office of the County Clerk or County Register, 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 if such service be made by registered mail, for a copy of such notice to be posted on the premises.
C. 
After notice has been served as provided under Subsection B above, work on removal or repair of the building or structure in question shall be begun within 60 days and such work shall thereafter proceed to completion within a reasonable period of time.
D. 
In event of neglect or refusal of person served with notice to comply with same, a survey of premises shall be made by an inspector and architect to be named by the Town Board and a practical builder, engineer or architect appointed by person notified as above and in event of refusal or neglect of person so notified to appoint such surveyor the two surveyors named shall make the survey and report. The notice shall state that in the event the building or other structure shall be reported unsafe or dangerous under such survey, that an application will be made at a Special Term of the Supreme Court in the judicial district in which the property is located for an order determining the building or other structure to be a public nuisance and directing that it shall be repaired and secured or taken down and removed.
E. 
A signed copy of the report shall be posted on the premises upon completion of the report of survey on the building. Such notice shall state the compensation of the surveyors.
F. 
All costs and expenses incurred by the Town in connection with the proceedings to remove or secure, including the cost of actually removing said building or structure, shall be assessed against the land on which said buildings or structures are located.