[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Alexandria Bay 7-11-1972. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be applicable to all territory within the Village of Alexandria Bay.
The following individuals are designated as authorized to make inspections and reports as required in this chapter:
Building Inspector of Alexandria Bay.
Code Enforcement Officer of Alexandria Bay.
Jefferson County Code Enforcement Officer.
Any other individual as designated from time to time by the Village Board of the Village of Alexandria Bay, provided that such individual has experience and training in the field of inspection of buildings and/or an engineering or architectural background.
A notice containing a description of the premises and a statement of the particulars in which the building or structure or edifice is unsafe or dangerous or unsightly or a nuisance or in some other manner undesirable and an order requiring the same to be made safe and secure or removed is to be served personally or by registered mail, addressed to the last known address as shown by the records of the Village Treasurer and/or the Office of the County Clerk or the County Treasurer which contain a description of the premises. Such notice is to be served or mailed by registered mail, as aforesaid, on an 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. Such notice describing the property and stating the particulars in which the building or structure is unsafe or dangerous or unsightly or a nuisance, etc., as aforesaid, must also be posted on the premises.
Within the discretion of the person so designated in § 51-2 of this chapter, the person so served or notified shall have not less than 10 days nor more than 30 days within which to commence the securing, repairing, demolition or improving, as the case may require, of the building or structure, and the owner shall be given a specified time within which to complete the necessary work.
[Amended 12-15-1992 by L.L. No. 12-1992]
In the event that the person notified or served neglects or refuses to comply with said notice, an inspection/survey of the premises is to be made by the individual designated by the Village Board, pursuant to § 51-2, and a further person is designated by the Village Board or, in the event that the Village Board is not sitting on the date of the report, then by the person designated by the Mayor of the village, which second person shall be duly trained and qualified as an inspector and/or have sufficient engineering or architectural background to make such inspection. In making such inspection/survey, the village representative may be joined by the builder, engineer or architect so designated by the person notified as aforesaid. If the person notified refuses or neglects to appoint someone to accompany the village representatives on the inspection/survey, then the two persons so designated by the village shall make an inspection/survey of the premises and report. In the event that the report reveals that the structure is unsafe or in the event that it is reported to be dangerous, then the Village Board shall hold a public hearing to determine whether said building or structure is a public nuisance and, if found to be a public nuisance, directing that it be repaired and secured or taken down and removed as required. Such public hearing shall be held upon a minimum of 10 days' notice to the reported owners of the property, which notice shall be served as required under § 51-3 hereof.
After said survey and report have been made, a signed copy of such report, signed by the Mayor on behalf of the Village Board, shall be posted on the premises, and the aforesaid surveyors shall be paid a reasonable amount, to be fixed by the Village Board at the next regular meeting thereof, and said Board shall order payment of the reasonable compensation of said surveyors, to be made out of the proper funds of the village.
All costs and expenses incurred by the village in connection with the proceedings under this chapter, including the payment of inspectors, all court costs, including filing fees, the cost of removing, repairing or securing of the buildings or structures and any legal fees incurred by the village, shall be a special assessment against the property and then be added to the next tax bill and may thereafter be collected and enforced as any special assessment.
Any owner of a building which is, at the date of this chapter, unsafe, fire hazardous, unsightly, undesirable, collapsed and/or partially demolished shall have 60 days from the date of this chapter to repair, remove or demolish said unsafe, dangerous, unsightly, fire hazardous, undesirable, collapsed or partially demolished building.