Village of Old Field, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Old Field 3-26-2014 by L.L. No. 1-2014.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Excavations — See Ch. 35.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 40.
Refuse collectors — See Ch. 89.
[1]
Editor’s Note: This local law also repealed former Chapter 80, Property Maintenance, adopted 7-22-1963 (derived from Ordinances 2.1 and 2.2 of Chapter 2 of the Unified Code of Ordinances), as amended.

§ 80-1 Purpose.

A. 
The purpose of this chapter is to provide a minimum standard for the maintenance of the exterior grounds and visible facades of all properties within the Village. This chapter is intended to help provide a stable and inviting neighborhood and to promote public health and safety by prohibiting certain deficiencies in exterior property maintenance which create or contribute to unhealthy, unsightly or hazardous conditions. This chapter is also intended to ensure that property owners or their delegated agents perform such repair and maintenance of properties as will prevent deficiencies that could become an attractive nuisance with regard to children, trespassers or household pets, or that may attract insect or animal pests.
B. 
The adoption and enforcement of this chapter is also intended to serve as a deterrence to substandard exterior property maintenance, and as a tool for protecting property investment, the tax base, and the health, safety and welfare of all Village residents.
C. 
The provisions of this chapter shall be in addition to, and in furtherance of, the New York State Property Maintenance Code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 19 NYCRR 1226.1 et seq.

§ 80-2 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
BAMBOO, CLUMPING
Any tropical or semitropical grasses with sympodial rhizome systems, including, but not limited to, the following plant genera: Bambusa, Dendrocalamus and Fargesia.
BAMBOO, RUNNING
Any tropical or semitropical grasses with monopodial rhizome systems, including, but not limited to, the following plant genera: Arundinaria, Chimonobambusa, Phyllostachys, Pleioblastus, Pseudosasa, Sasa, Sasaella and Semiarundinaria.
BLIGHT
Something that impairs or destroys; an impaired condition; to cause to deteriorate, ruin.
COMPOSTING MATERIALS
Yard trimmings, vegetable wastes and other organic matter managed for the purpose of natural transformation into compost and stored in a container or compact pile that:
A. 
Contains no sewage or sludge;
B. 
Contains no inorganic materials, such as metal, plastic or glass; and
C. 
Is maintained in a manner to minimize odors and the attraction of insect and animal pests.
CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS
Discarded building material, concrete, stones, earth from excavations or grading, and all other refuse resulting from the erection, repair, renovation, demolition or other improvement of property.
GARBAGE
Food wastes, food wrappers, containers, nonrecyclables or other materials resulting from the use, consumption and preparation of food or drink, as well as other expended, used or discarded materials, such as paper, plastic, metal, rags or glass, etc., or any other wastes generated from day-to-day activities of a household or public or quasi-public facility. The term "garbage" does not include properly prepared and stored recyclable materials or properly maintained compost areas.
GROUNDS and EXTERIOR
Any area of a structure or lot, excluding porch areas, not enclosed within the walls of a structure. These terms include any public rights-of-way which pass through or are adjacent to a property.
JUNK
Waste iron, or other metal or substance, glass, paper, discarded lumber, rags, machine parts, accessories, machinery, machines, used parts of motor vehicles and any material commonly known and generally referred to as "junk" in the ordinary and accepted meaning of the word.
OCCUPANT
The person in possession or control of the premises or using or occupying the premises.
OWNER
The record owner of the premises, as reflected in the Village tax records, the owner in fee or the owner of a lesser estate therein, a mortgagee or vendee in possession, assignee of rents, receiver, executor, trustee, lessee or other person, firm or corporation in control of a structure.
PROPERTY
A lot, plot or parcel of land located within the boundary of the Village of Old Field.
PUBLIC VIEW
Areas of property that are visible by pedestrian or vehicular traffic in the public right-of-way or visible from the exterior ground level of adjoining properties.
REFUSE
Putrescible and nonputrescible solid waste consisting of organic or nonorganic materials, but shall not include human or animal body waste.
RUBBISH
Useless waste or rejected matter; noncombustible waste material. The term shall include the residue from the burning of wood, and also tin cans, metals, mineral matter, glass, crockery and minerals.
SOLID WASTE
Includes materials or substances that are discarded or rejected as being spent, worthless, useless or in excess to the owners at the time of such discard or rejection, including, but not limited to, materials or substances such as garbage, refuse, industrial and commercial wastes, sludge from air or water treatment facilities, rubbish, tires, ashes, incinerator residue, construction and demolition debris, discarded motor vehicles, discarded household and commercial appliances and discarded furniture. An object shall be presumed to be discarded or rejected solid waste when the object is stored, placed or left on the grounds or exterior of the property in the view of neighbors or passersby under circumstances which meet any of the following criteria:
A. 
The object produces an offensive smell.
B. 
The object is of a type designed for interior use or made of materials which are suitable only for interior use and the object is left outside and exposed to precipitation.
C. 
The object has reached a degree of dilapidation or disrepair that can reasonably be presumed to render the material unsuitable for or incapable of being used for its original intended purpose or some other reasonable purpose.
D. 
The object is left, placed or stored in a manner which appears likely to cause injuries.
STRUCTURE
As defined in Chapter 121, § 121-5 of the Code of the Village of Old Field.
UNIMPROVED PROPERTY
A lot, plot or parcel of land located within the boundary of the Village of Old Field, which is not improved with a structure as defined above.

§ 80-3 Standards.

It shall be the duty and responsibility of the owner, tenant, occupant or other person having possession or charge of any structure, lot or property in the Village of Old Field to ensure that:
A. 
All grounds and exterior of the property are kept clean and free and clear of all composting materials, construction debris, garbage, junk, refuse, rubbish and/or solid waste all as defined in § 80-2 above, unless otherwise permitted by the Village of Old Field.
B. 
No unregistered motor vehicle, or a motor vehicle not suitable for operation as originally intended, shall be stored on the grounds and exterior of the property except within an enclosed garage or on an approved driveway. Lack of a license plate affixed to a motor vehicle shall be presumptive evidence that the vehicle is unregistered.
C. 
Lawns, trees and shrubbery located within the public view as defined in § 80-2 herein shall be maintained in a safe and attractive condition, free of nuisance, hazard, debris, litter and unsightly materials, and in a manner that does not pose an obstruction or danger to the passage of pedestrians or vehicles traveling the roadways. For the purposes of this provision, all lawns shall be trimmed to a height of no greater than eight inches. Dead or diseased trees, or any portion thereof, which present any hazard to life or property shall be removed. This standard shall not apply to unimproved property as defined herein unless an obstruction or danger to the passage of pedestrians or vehicles traveling the roadways shall exist.
D. 
Fences and walls are to be maintained in a safe and structurally sound condition. Broken fences and walls are to be repaired or replaced.
E. 
Steps, walks, driveways, private roads, and other similar paved and/or concrete areas are to be maintained and kept in a proper state of repair and maintained free from hazardous conditions.
F. 
Structures shall be maintained at all times in a safe and secure manner with appurtenant roofing, siding, chimneys, windows and doors. Broken or missing roofing, siding, chimneys, windows or doors shall be repaired or replaced.
G. 
All premises shall be graded and maintained to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water thereon or within any structure located thereon.
H. 
Roof drains, overflow pipes, air-conditioning drains and any other water runoff shall be maintained in a safe and operable condition and shall not drain onto a public right-of-way, street or adjoining property.

§ 80-4 Bamboo restricted.

A. 
No owner or occupant of property, or person, corporation or other entity, shall plant, install, or cause or permit the planting or installation, of plant species commonly classified as "running bamboo," upon any property located within the Village of Old Field.
B. 
Duty to confine bamboo. In the event any species commonly considered to be classified as "bamboo," either "running" or "clumping," hereinafter defined as any tropical or semitropical monopodial (leptomorph) or sympodial (pachymorph) grasses, including, but not limited to, Arundinaria, Bambusa, Chimonobambusa, Dendrocalamus, Fargesia, Phyllostachys, Pleioblastus, Pseudosasa, Sasa, Sasaella and Semiarundinaria, is existing on any property within the Village of Old Field at the time of the adoption of this chapter, the owner or occupant of said property shall confine such species to said property to prevent the encroachment, spread, invasion or intrusion of same onto any other property or right-of-way.
C. 
Presumption. In the event any species commonly classified as "bamboo" is found to have encroached, spread, invaded, or intruded upon any other property or right-of-way, said species shall be presumed to be classified as "running bamboo." This presumption shall be rebuttable.

§ 80-5 Public nuisances.

The failure by the owner, tenant or occupant of any property located within the Village of Old Field to repair, improve or maintain his property, including any structures and improvements thereon, in accordance with the standards set forth in § 80-3 or in violation of § 80-4 hereof shall be deemed a public nuisance.

§ 80-6 Enforcement and compliance; notice of violation.

A. 
Any owner, tenant or occupant of any property located within the Village of Old Field who is maintaining a public nuisance on his property shall abate the nuisance when ordered to do so by the Village's Code Enforcement Officer or Building Inspector and within the time prescribed in the written notice as provided herein.
B. 
All written notices under this section shall specify the name of the owner, tenant or occupant of the property, and the time period within which the public nuisance must be corrected, and may be served on the owner, tenant or occupant by posting a copy of such violation notice upon the front portion of the property or upon the main structure and by mailing a copy of such notice by certified mail to the last known address of the property owner as shown on the current assessment rolls of the Village.

§ 80-7 Penalties for offenses.

Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.

§ 80-8 Public hearing; abatement by the Village; assessment against property.

A. 
Upon the failure of an owner, tenant or occupant to comply with a notice to abate a public nuisance, the Village Board shall hold a public hearing. The public hearing shall be held upon notice posted conspicuously on the affected property and forwarded by certified mail to the last known address of the property owner, as it appears on the current assessment rolls of the Village. Posting and service of such notice shall not be less than 15 days prior to the date of such hearing.
B. 
The Village Board, after a public hearing as provided in Subsection A, may abate the public nuisance upon the failure of such owner, tenant or occupant to comply with the order of the Village Clerk or Building Inspector to do so. The Village Board shall ascertain the cost of the proceeding and the costs to abate the nuisance, and such costs shall be charged and assessed against the owner of the property. The costs so assessed shall constitute a lien and charge on the real property on which it is levied, until paid or otherwise satisfied or discharged, and shall be collected in the same manner and at the same time as other Village charges.