[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Hornell as Art. I 1/2 of Ch. 13 of the 1970 Municipal Code. Section 115-3 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 6-18-1973; 5-9-1988]
Every occupant of real property or owner of unoccupied real property, whether the same is improved or unimproved, shall, on or before the 15th day of April and through the 15th day of October, both inclusive, of each calendar year, cut, mow, remove or cause such property to be cut, mowed or removed of all weeds, brush, briar or grass located thereon, except ornamental trees, shrubs, cultivated flowers, herbs or plants. The cutting of said weeds, brush, briar or grass shall be promptly disposed of by some safe and proper manner. The aforesaid property shall be maintained as not to create a public health nuisance.
Upon receiving complaints or by viewing uncut brush, grass and weeds, the City of Hornell Codes Department, the City of Hornell Superintendent of Public Works or his designee can order the cutting or removal of brush, grass and weeds. The owner or occupant of said property shall be notified in a written, hand-delivered notice, or verbally, that the brush, grass and/or weeds must be cut within 24 hours of receiving said notice. If the grass, brush and/or weeds are not cut or removed within that time frame, the Department of Public Works shall enter onto said property and cut or remove same. The owner or occupant will then be billed at a rate to be determined by the Superintendent of Public Works. If this bill remains unpaid after 60 days, the bill will then be forwarded to the city's collection agency.
Any person, persons, firm or association, partnership or corporation who himself or itself or by his or its agent or employee shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as provided in § 1-1 of this Code.