Town of Potsdam, NY
St. Lawrence County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Potsdam as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]

ARTICLE I
Adoption of Code (§ 1-1 — § 1-15) 

[Adopted 8-13-1986 by L.L. No. 1-1986]

§ 1-1
Legislative intent. 

§ 1-2
Distribution of local laws, ordinances and resolutions. 

§ 1-3
Repeal of local laws and ordinances. 

§ 1-4
Local laws and ordinances saved from repeal; matters not affected by repeal. 

§ 1-5
Meaning and intent of previously adopted legislation unchanged. 

§ 1-6
Copy of Code on file. 

§ 1-7
Changes or additions. 

§ 1-8
Amendments to Code. 

§ 1-9
Code book to be kept up-to-date. 

§ 1-10
Sale of Code book; supplementation. 

§ 1-11
Tampering with Code. 

§ 1-12
Penalties for offenses. 

§ 1-13
Severability. 

§ 1-14
Incorporation of provisions into Code. 

§ 1-15
When effective. 

§ 1-1 Legislative intent.

It is the intent of this local law to establish a codification of local laws, ordinances and certain resolutions of the Town of Potsdam for the purpose of increasing the effectiveness of town governmental administration, providing for greater public awareness of and access to town legislation and protecting the health, safety and welfare of town inhabitants. The local laws, ordinances and resolutions of the Town of Potsdam referred to in § 1-2 of this local law shall be known collectively as the "Code of the Town of Potsdam," and the various parts and sections of such local laws, ordinances and resolutions shall be distributed and designated as provided and set forth in § 1-2 of this local law.

§ 1-2 Distribution of local laws, ordinances and resolutions.

Derivation Table   [Section numbers with asterisks in the second column have not been repeated in the first column because they are section numbers which relate to titles, effective dates or severability clauses, which sections are not pertinent to the codification. For severability, refer to § 1-13 hereof.]

New Number (chapter, title, article, section) Old Number (source) Adoption or Amendment Date
Ch. 7, Defense of L.L. No. 3-1981 8-11-1981
Town Employees
§ 7-1 Section 1
§ 7-2 Section 2
§ 7-3 Section 3
§ 7-4 Section 4
§ 7-5 Section 5
§ 7-6 Section 6
§ 7-7 Section 7
§ 7-8 Section 8
Section 9*
Ch. 12, Ethics, Resolution 11-9-1970
Code of
Article I Article I
§ 12-1 Section 1
§ 12-2 Section 2
Article II Article II
§ 12-3 Section 1
§ 12-4 Section 2
§ 12-5 Section 3
§ 12-6 Section 4
Article III Article III
§ 12-7 Section 1
§ 12-8 Section 2
§ 12-9 Section 3
Article IV Article IV
§ 12-10 Section 1
§ 12-11 Section 2
§ 12-12 Section 3
Article V
Section 1*
Article VI
Section 1*
Ch. 16, Local Laws, L.L. No. 5-1985 12-30-1985
Publication of
§ 16-1 § 1
§ 16-2 § 2
§ 3*
Ch. 20, Notice of L.L. No. 1-1980 5-13-1980
Defects
§ 20-1 Section 1
§ 20-2 Section 2
§ 20-3 Section 3
§ 20-4 Section 4
§ 20-5 Section 5
Section 6*
Ch. 25, Officers and Employees
Article I, Term of L.L. No. 4-1981 7-14-1981
Office of Town Clerk
§ 25-1 Section 1
§ 25-2 Section 2
Article II, Term of L.L. No. 5-1981 7-14-1981
Office of Town Superintendent of Highways
§ 25-3 Section 1
§ 25-4 Section 2
Article III, Term of L.L. No. 6-1981 7-14-1981
Office of Town Supervisor
§ 25-5 Section 1
§ 25-6 Section 2
Ch. 30, Public Adopted at time of
Access to Records adoption of Code
§§ 30-1 through 30-6
Ch. 34, Recreation Ordinance 1-11-1977
Commission, Joint
§ 34-1 Section 1
§ 34-2 Section 2
§ 34-3 Section 3
§ 34-4 Section 4
§ 34-5 Section 5
§ 34-6 Section 6
§ 34-7 Section 7
§ 34-8 Section 8
§ 34-9 Section 9
Section 10*
Ch. 45, Bingo and
Games of Chance
Article I, Bingo Ordinance 11-3-1971
§ 45-1 (1)
§ 45-2 (2)
§ 45-3 (3) Amended 4-14-1981
§ 45-4 (4)
Article II, Games of Chance Ordinance 8-11-1981
§ 45-5 1
§ 45-6 2
§ 45-7 3
4*
Ch. 49, Buildings, Ordinance 10-9-1979
Unsafe
§ 49-1 § 1
§ 49-2 § 2
§ 49-3 § 3
§ 49-4 § 4 Amended at time of
adoption of Code
§ 49-5 § 5 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 49-6 § 6 Amended 12-9-1980
§ 49-7 § 7
§ 49-8 § 8 Amended 12-9-1980
§ 49-9 § 9 Amended 12-9-1980
§ 49-10 § 10 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 49-11 § 11
§ 49-12 § 12
§ 49-13 § 13 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 49-14 § 14 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 15*
§ 16*
Ch. 54, Dogs
Article I, Care and Ordinance 11-16-1976
Control
§ 54-1 (1) Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 54-2 (2)
§ 54-3 (3)
§ 54-4 (4)
§ 54-5 (5)
§ 54-6 (6) Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 54-7 (7)
(8)*
Article II, Fees L.L. No. 1-1981 1-19-1981
§ 54-8 Section 1(a)
§ 54-9 Section 2
Section 3*
Ch. 56, Electrical L.L. No. 7-1985 12-30-1985
Standards
§ 56-1 § 1
§ 56-2 § 2
§ 56-3 § 3 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 56-4 § 4
§ 56-5 § 5
§ 56-6 § 6
§ 7*
§ 8*
Ch. 58, L.L. No. 1-1984 3-13-1984
Environmental
Quality Review
Article I Article I
§ 58-1 Section 1.010
§ 58-2 Section 1.020
§ 58-3 Section 1.030
§ 58-4 Section 1.040
§ 58-5 Section 1.050
Section 1.060*
Article II Article II
§ 58-6 Section 2.010
§ 58-7 Section 2.020
§ 58-8 Section 2.030
§ 58-9 Section 2.040
§ 58-10 Section 2.050 Amended at time of adoption of Code
Article III Article III
§ 58-11 Section 3.010
§ 58-12 Section 3.020
§ 58-13 Section 3.030
§ 58-14 Section 3.040
Ch. 62, Fire L.L. No. 3-1984 10-18-1984
Prevention and
Building Code
Administration
§ 62-1 Sec. 1
§ 62-2 Added at time of adoption of Code
§ 62-3 Sec. 2
§ 62-4 Sec. 3
§ 62-5 Sec. 4 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 62-6 Sec. 5 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 62-7 Sec. 6
§ 62-8 Sec. 7
Sec. 8*
Sec. 9*
§ 62-9 Added at time of
adoption of Code
Ch. 65, Fires, Outdoor Ordinance 4-3-1942
§ 65-1 1 Subsection B added at time of adoption of Code
§ 65-2 2 Amended 6-10-1980
§ 65-3 3 Amended 6-10-1980
§ 65-4 4 Amended 6-10-1980
5*
Ch. 68, Flood Damage Prevention L.L. No. 1-1985 1-8-1985
§ 68-1 Section 1.0
§ 68-2 Section 2.0
§ 68-3 Section 3.0 Amended 12-30-1985 by L.L. No. 6-1985
3.4*
§ 68-4 Section 4.0 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 68-5 Section 5.0
§ 68-6 Section 6.0
Ch. 72, Garbage, Rubbish and Refuse Ordinance 3-8-1977
§ 72-1 Section 1
§ 72-2 Section 2
§ 72-3 Section 3
§ 72-4 Section 4
§ 72-5 Section 5
§ 72-6 Section 6
§ 72-7 Section 7 Amended at time of
adoption of Code
Ch. 79, Junk Shops Ordinance 6-30-1958
and Scrap Processors
§ 79-1 Section 1
§ 79-2 Section 2
§ 79-3 Section 3
§ 79-4 Section 4
§ 79-5 Section 5
§ 79-6 Section 6
§ 79-7 Section 7
§ 79-8 Section 8 Amended at time of
adoption of Code
§ 79-9 Section 9
§ 79-10 Section 10
§ 79-11 Section 11
§ 79-12 Section 12 Amended at time of
adoption of Code
Section 13*
§ 79-13 Section 14
Section 15*
§ 79-14 Section 16 Added 3-8-1977; amended at time of adoption of Code
Ch. 87, Sewers
Part 1, Sewer Use Ordinance 12-28-1970
Article I Article I
§ 87-1 Secs. 1 through Amended at time of adoption of Code
23
Article II Article II
§ 87-2 Sec. 1
§ 87-3 Sec. 2
§ 87-4 Sec. 3
§ 87-5 Sec. 4
Article III Article III
§ 87-6 Sec. 1
§ 87-7 Sec. 2 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-8 Sec. 3 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-9 Sec. 4
§ 87-10 Sec. 5
§ 87-11 Sec. 6
§ 87-12 Sec. 7
§ 87-13 Sec. 8
Article IV Article IV
§ 87-14 Sec. 1 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-15 Sec. 2 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-16 Sec. 3
§ 87-17 Sec. 4
§ 87-18 Sec. 5 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-19 Sec. 6
§ 87-20 Sec. 7
§ 87-21 Sec. 8
§ 87-22 Sec. 9 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-23 Sec. 10 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-24 Sec. 11
Article V Article V
§ 87-25 Sec. 1
§ 87-26 Sec. 2 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-27 Sec. 3
§ 87-28 Sec. 4 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-29 Sec. 5 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-30 Sec. 6 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-31 Sec. 7
§ 87-32 Sec. 8 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-33 Sec. 9
§ 87-34 Sec. 10
Article VI Article VI
§ 87-35 Sec. 1
Article VII Article VII
§ 87-36 Sec. 1 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-37 Sec. 2 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-38 Sec. 3 Amended at time of adoption of Code
Article VIII Article VIII
§ 87-39 Sec. 1 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-40 Sec. 2 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-41 Sec. 3 Amended at time of adoption of Code
Article IX
Sec. 1*
Sec. 2*
Article X
Sec. 1*
Part 2, Sewer Rents Ordinance 2-13-1974
Article IX
§ 87-42 Article 1
§ 87-43 Article 2 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-44 Article 3 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 87-45 Article 4
§ 87-46 Article 5
Article 6*
Ch. 90, Snowmobiles Ordinance 12-14-1971
§ 90-1 Section 1
§ 90-2 Section 2 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 90-3 Section 3 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 90-4 Section 4
§ 90-5 Section 5
§ 90-6 Section 6 Amended at time of adoption of Code
Section 7*
Ch. 93, Subdivision Part II of 3-13-1973
of Land L.L. No. 1-1973
Article I Article I
§ 93-1 Unnumbered
Article II
§ 93-2 Section 1
§ 93-3 Section 2
Article II
§ 93-4 Appendix B
Article III Article III
§ 93-5 Unnumbered
§ 93-6 Section 3
§ 93-7 Section 4
§ 93-8 Section 5
§ 93-9 Section 6
§ 93-10 Section 7
§ 93-11 Section 8
§ 93-12 Section 9
Article IV Article IV
§ 93-13 Unnumbered
§ 93-14 Section 10
§ 93-15 Section 11
§ 93-16 Section 12
§ 93-17 Section 13
§ 93-18 Section 14
§ 93-19 Section 15
§ 93-20 Section 16
Article V Article V
§ 93-21 Section 17
§ 93-22 Section 18
§ 93-23 Section 19
§ 93-24 Section 20
Article VI Article VI
§ 93-25 Section 21
§ 93-26 Section 22
§ 93-27 Section 23
§ 93-28 Section 24 Amended at time of adoption of Code
Section 25*
Section 26*
Section 27*
Ch. 97, Taxation
Article I, Partial Resolution 4-5-1967
Exemption for Aged Persons
§ 97-1 Section 1
§ 97-2 Section 2 Amended 3-9-1982; 11-13-1984 by L.L. No. 4-1984
Section 3*
Article II, L.L. No. 2-1984 4-10-1984
Improvements to Real Property of Disabled Persons
§ 97-3 Section 1
§ 97-4 Section 2
§ 97-5 Section 3
§ 97-6 Section 4
Section 5*
Ch. 102, Vehicles and Traffic
Article I, Parking in Fire Lanes Ordinance 6-13-1978
§ 102-1 Section 1
§ 102-2 Section 2
Section 3*
Article II, Truck Resolution 2-8-1983
Exclusions
§ 102-3 Unnumbered
§ 102-4 Unnumbered
Ch. 106, Water L.L. No. 1-1975 10-14-1975
Article I Article I
§ 106-1 Section 1
Article II Article II
§ 106-2 Section 1 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 106-3 Section 2
Article III Article III
§ 106-4 Section 1 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 106-5 Section 2
§ 106-6 Section 3
§ 106-7 Section 4
§ 106-8 Section 5
§ 106-9 Section 6 Amended at time of adoption of Code
§ 106-10 Section 7
§ 106-11 Section 8
§ 106-12 Section 9
§ 106-13 Section 10
§ 106-14 Section 11
§ 106-15 Section 12
§ 106-16 Section 13
Article IV Article IV
§ 106-17 Section 1
Article V Article V
§ 106-18 Section 1
§ 106-19 Section 2
§ 106-20 Section 3
§ 106-21 Section 4
§ 106-22 Section 5
§ 106-23 Added at time of adoption of Code
Article VI Article VI
§ 106-24 Section 1
Article VII
§ 106-25 Section 1
Section 2*
Section 3*
Ch. 110, Zoning Part III of L.L. No. 1-1973 3-13-1973
Saved from repeal pending adoption of revised standards

§ 1-3 Repeal of local laws and ordinances.

The local laws and ordinances of a general and permanent nature enacted or adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Potsdam and not included in the Code of the Town of Potsdam and in force on the date of the adoption of this local law are hereby repealed as of the effective date of this local law, except as hereinafter provided.

§ 1-4 Local laws and ordinances saved from repeal; matters not affected by repeal.

The repeal of local laws and ordinances provided for in § 1-3 of this local law shall not affect the following classes of local laws, ordinances, resolutions, rights and obligations, which are hereby expressly saved from repeal.

A. 

Any right or liability established, accrued or incurred under any legislative provision of the Town of Potsdam prior to the effective date of this local law, or any action or proceeding brought for the enforcement of such right or liability.

B. 

Any offense or act committed or done before the effective date of this local law in violation of any legislative provision of the Town of Potsdam, or any penalty, punishment or forfeiture which may result therefrom.

C. 

Any prosecution, indictment, action, suit or other proceeding pending or any judgment rendered prior to the effective date of this local law and brought pursuant to any legislative provision of the Town of Potsdam.

D. 

Any franchise, license, right, easement or privilege heretofore granted or conferred by the Town of Potsdam.

E. 

Any local law, ordinance or resolution of the Town of Potsdam providing for the laying out, opening, altering, widening, relocating, straightening, establishing of grade, changing of name, improvement, acceptance or vacation of any right-of-way, easement, street, road, highway, park or other public place within the Town of Potsdam or any portion thereof.

F. 

Any ordinance or resolution of the Town of Potsdam appropriating money or transferring funds, promising or guaranteeing the payment of money or authorizing the issuance and delivery of any bond of the Town of Potsdam or other instruments or evidence of the town's indebtedness.

G. 

Local laws, ordinances or resolutions authorizing the purchase, sale, lease or transfer of property or any lawful contract or obligation.

H. 

The levy or imposition of special assessments or charges.

I. 

The dedication of property.

J. 

A resolution adopted March 13, 1984, increasing the allowable income of aged persons applying for real property tax exemptions.

K. 

Any local laws, ordinances or resolutions relating to salaries.

L. 

Any local laws, ordinances or resolutions establishing or amending zoning regulations in the town.

M. 

Any local laws or ordinances adopted subsequent to December 30, 1985.

§ 1-5 Meaning and intent of previously adopted legislation unchanged.

In compiling and preparing the local laws, ordinances and resolutions of the town for publication as the Code of the Town of Potsdam, as distributed and designated in the table in § 1-2 hereof, no changes in the meaning or intent of such local laws, ordinances and resolutions have been made.

§ 1-6 Copy of Code on file.

A copy of the Code of the Town of Potsdam, in loose-leaf form, has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk of the Town of Potsdam and shall remain there for use and examination by the public until final action is taken on this local law; and if this local law shall be adopted, such copy shall be certified by the Town Clerk by impressing thereon the Seal of the Town of Potsdam, and such certified copy shall remain on file in the office of said Town Clerk, to be made available to persons desiring to examine the same during all times while said Code is in effect.

§ 1-7 Changes or additions.

A. 

In compiling and preparing the local laws, ordinances and resolutions for adoption and revision as part of the Code pursuant to the Municipal Home Rule Law § 20, Subdivision 3, certain grammatical changes and other minor changes were made in one or more of the local laws, ordinances or resolutions. It is the intention of the Town Board that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the provisions so changed had been previously formally amended to read as such.

B. 

In addition, certain changes, amendments and additions are enacted herewith, to become effective upon the effective date of this local law (chapter and section number references are to these materials as they are numbered and appear in the Code).

Editor's Note: Pursuant to § 1-7B, the following chapters or sections were added or amended: Ch. 30; §§ 49-4, 49-5, 49-10, 49-13, 49-14, 54-1, 54-6, 56-3C, 58-10, 62-2, 62-5B, 62-6A(6), 62-9, 65-1B, 68-4B and C, 72-7, 79-8, 79-12, 79-14F, 87-1A, 87-7, 87-8, 87-14, 87-15, 87-18, 97-22, 87-23, 87-26, 87-28, 87-29, 87-30, 87-32, 87-36, 87-37, 87-38, 87-39, 87-40, 87-41, 87-43B, 87-44, 90-2A, 90-3, 90-6, 93-28A, 97-6, 106-2C, 106-2G(2), 106-4, 106-9 and 106-23.

§ 1-8 Amendments to Code.

Any and all additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to any of the local laws, ordinances and resolutions known collectively as the "Code of the Town of Potsdam," or any new local laws, ordinances or resolutions, when enacted or adopted in such form as to indicate the intention of the Town Board to be a part thereof, shall be deemed to be incorporated into such Code so that reference to the Code of the Town of Potsdam shall be understood and intended to include such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements. Whenever such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to the Code of the Town of Potsdam shall be enacted or adopted, they shall thereafter be printed and, as provided hereunder, inserted in the loose-leaf book containing said Code, as amendments and supplements thereto.

§ 1-9 Code book to be kept up-to-date.

It shall be the duty of the Town Clerk to keep up-to-date the certified copy of the book containing the Code of the Town of Potsdam required to be filed in the office of the Town Clerk for use by the public. All changes in said Code and all local laws, ordinances and resolutions adopted by the Town Board subsequent to the enactment of this local law in such form as to indicate the intention of said Board to be a part of said Code shall, when finally enacted or adopted, be included therein by temporary attachment of copies of such changes or local laws, ordinances or resolutions until such changes or local laws, ordinances or resolutions are printed as supplements to said Code book, at which time such supplements shall be inserted therein.

§ 1-10 Sale of Code book; supplementation.

Copies of the Code book containing the Code of the Town of Potsdam may be purchased from the Town Clerk upon the payment of a fee to be set by resolution of the Town Board, which may also arrange by resolution for procedures for the periodic supplementation thereof.

§ 1-11 Tampering with Code.

Any person who, without authorization from the Town Clerk, changes or amends, by additions or deletions, any part or portion of the Code of the Town of Potsdam, or who alters or tampers with such Code in any manner whatsoever which will cause the legislation of the Town of Potsdam to be misrepresented thereby, or who violates any other provision of this local law, shall be guilty of an offense and shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for a term of not more than 15 days, or both.

§ 1-12 Penalties for offenses.

Any person committing an offense against any chapter or article of this Code for which a different penalty is not specifically provided shall be guilty of a violation under the Penal Law and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable for each offense by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that an offense continues shall constitute a separate violation.

§ 1-13 Severability.

If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section, article or part of this local law or of any local law or ordinance cited in the table in § 1-2 hereof shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, section, article or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.

§ 1-14 Incorporation of provisions into Code.

The provisions of this local law are hereby made Chapter 1 of the Code of the Town of Potsdam, to be entitled "General Provisions, Article I, Adoption of Code," and the sections of this local law shall be numbered §§ 1-1 to 1-15, inclusive.

§ 1-15 When effective.

This local law and the Code of the Town of Potsdam adopted hereby shall take effect immediately upon the filing with the Secretary of State of the State of New York of a copy of this local law.