Town of Glocester, RI
Providence County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Glocester 9-12-1958 (Ch. II, § 1, 2-01-05, of the 1991 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Drainage — See Ch. 162.
Earth removal — See Ch. 166.

§ 181-1 Open excavations, holes and wells as public nuisances.

Any open, unattended, unguarded or abandoned hole, excavation, well, cistern or cesspool on private property within the Town of Glocester which is dangerous to the health, safety and welfare of any person may be declared to be a public nuisance.

§ 181-2 Complaint; inspection of property; notice to owner.

Whenever a condition as described in § 181-1 of this chapter is complained of on any plot of land, lot, right-of-way or other private premises or place by any resident or property owner of the Town of Glocester, and the Building Official, acting upon such complaint or upon his/her own initiative, upon inspection of the premises, declares that the condition constitutes a public nuisance, the Town Clerk shall notify the owner and possessor of the land complained of, in writing, either personally or by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to take such steps as will effectively remove said complained-of nuisance within 10 days after receipt of notice.

§ 181-3 Reinspection of property.

The Building Official shall reinspect said land after the ten-day period has expired and shall report in writing to the Town Clerk whether or not the unlawful condition complained of has been abated or remedied.

§ 181-4 Abatement of dangerous condition by Town Council.

In the event that the owner or possessor of said land shall refuse or neglect to abate or remedy the condition complained of and which constitutes a violation of this chapter after said ten-day notice, the Town Council may cause the condition complained of to be abated.

§ 181-5 Certification of costs of abatement.

After said condition has been abated and remedied pursuant to the authorization conferred by § 181-4 of this chapter, the Town Council shall have a certificate of the costs thereof prepared by the Town Clerk and presented to it.

§ 181-6 Cost of abatement as lien upon property.

Upon approval of said certificate by the Town Council, the amount charged against said land shall forthwith become a lien upon said land, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes and to be enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes. A certified copy of the certification of cost shall be forwarded to the Tax Assessor after its approval by the Town Council.

§ 181-7 Violations and penalties.

Any person convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall, for each offense, either pay a fine as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, Penalties, or be imprisoned for a term not to exceed 30 days. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder.

§ 181-8 Enforcement.

The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Town Council through the Building Official.