Town of Mount Pleasant, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Mount Pleasant 11-25-1975. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Conservation Advisory Council — See Ch. 14, Art. II.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 108.
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 118.
Littering — See Ch. 133.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 162.
Fees — See Ch. A224.
This chapter shall be cited and may be referred to hereinafter as the "Stream Maintenance Ordinance."
[Amended 2-26-2019 by L.L. No. 7-2019]
It is hereby found and determined by the Town Board of the Town of Mount Pleasant that severe damage to persons and property has been sustained by residents of the Town of Mount Pleasant as a result of the flooding and the overflow of the natural streams and watercourses which traverse this Town. It is further found and determined that a contributing cause to this flooding has been the blockage of natural stream flow caused by improper or inconsistent maintenance and debris removal by the owners of real property abutting said streams. It is also found that like cause is found to occur with prior watercourses that have been piped or contained within man-made structures. It is further found and determined that concurrent with the right to enjoy and use these natural resources of the Town by some residents of the Town, it is their responsibility to maintain the streams and watercourses free of debris and blockage, deterioration of pipe or watercourse structures and/or pre-existing unpermitted or undersized pipe/structure which adversely affect the health, safety and welfare of other residents of the Town.
It is the intention of the Town Board of the Town of Mount Pleasant in adopting this chapter to preserve, protect and secure the public health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Town of Mount Pleasant.
[Amended 2-26-2019 by L.L. No. 7-2019]
Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall, for the purpose of this chapter, have the following meanings:
NATURAL STREAM OR WATERCOURSE
A body of water flowing in a defined bed or channel, with banks and sides, or a former body of water that has been closed up within a pipe, culvert or other structure, all having permanent sources of supply, uniform or interrupted.
A. 
It shall be the duty and obligation of every owner of real property abutting a natural stream or watercourse to keep and maintain, free and clear of any and all debris, trash, rubbish and similar substances which, by their nature, cause or tend to cause stoppage or blockage of natural stream flow, that portion of the real property which constitutes the shore or bank of the stream as well as that portion of the stream bed which abuts the real property within straight lines drawn at right angles between the side lines of the real property on the shore and the center line of the stream. Any construction or improvements done adjacent to or abutting a stream shall be done so as not to change the flow of water in the stream in such a manner as to be detrimental to the lands of others adjacent to or abutting the stream.
B. 
It shall also be the duty and obligation of every owner of real property having a piped or man-made structure containing a natural stream or watercourse to maintain the pipe and structures in sound conditions as to prevent damage or deterioration to real properties both upstream and downstream of such measures.
[Added 2-26-2019 by L.L. No. 7-2019]
[Amended 2-26-2019 by L.L. No. 7-2019]
Within 10 days after a notice to remove debris or to provide evidence of a sound piped or structure has been served upon an owner of real property by the Building Inspector of the Town of Mount Pleasant or his deputy, either personally or by certified mail, with return receipt requested, addressed to the name of the owner as it appears on the assessment roll of the Town, the owner shall comply with the provisions of same to the satisfaction of the Building Inspector or his deputy.
The failure to remove debris within 10 days after notice to do so has been served, as provided in § 185-6, shall be deemed a violation of this chapter.
[Amended 2-26-2019 by L.L. No. 7-2019]
If the provisions of this chapter are not complied with, and if the owner upon whom notice is served pursuant to § 185-6 fails or neglects to remove such debris, provide evidence (video inspection or certified engineers report) that the pipe or structure is in sound condition or upon determination that the pipe and/or structure requires repair or replacement within 10 days of the service thereof, the Building Inspector may cause the work to be completed as to meet the previsions of this chapter.
[Amended 3-13-2001 by L.L. No. 1-2001; 2-26-2019 by L.L. No. 7-2019]
The actual costs of removal as provided in § 185-8 hereof, plus an additional charge as set forth in Chapter A224, Fees, for the cost of inspection and other costs incidental to such removal or services associated with the inspection, repair and or replacement of the pipe and/or structure, shall be certified by the Building Inspector to the Town Clerk. The Town Clerk shall thereupon notify the owner of such real property, stating that an expenditure has been made, its purpose and amount, and that at a specified time and place the Town Board of the Town of Mount Pleasant will meet to make a determination of the amount of the expenditures. The Town Board shall meet at the time and place specified in such notice. It shall thereupon determine all objections that may be made to such assessment, including the amount thereof and whether or not the object to be removed was of such size or dimension that it would be an unnecessary hardship upon the property owner to require said property owner to employ outside labor to comply with the provisions hereof. The Town Board shall thereafter assess upon the real property the amount which it deems fair and reasonable, not exceeding, in case of default, the amount stated in the notice. The amount so determined shall thereupon become and be a lien upon the real property and shall be added to and become part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied on such real property to be collected and enforced in the same manner as taxes.
[Added 2-26-2019 by L.L. No. 7-2019]
The disturbance of a natural stream or brook that does not qualify for a NYSDEC Protection of Waters permit, but qualifies for a Town wetland permit, this permit shall remain within the Town Engineering Department and issued by the Town Engineer.
[Added 2-26-2019 by L.L. No. 7-2019]
No person, firm or corporation shall, by deliberate action or negligence, obstruct any stream or watercourse in the Town so as to block or significantly impede its flow. Any infraction of this provision shall constitute a violation. Any person who violates provision or fails to comply with any of its requirements shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined no more than $250 or imprisoned for not more than 15 days, or both. Each day of noncompliance shall be considered a separate offense.