[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Chittenango 6-20-1989 by L.L. No. 2-1989. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any owner, lessee or occupant having control of any occupied or unoccupied lot or land or any part thereof in the Village to permit or maintain on any such lot or land or on or along the sidewalk, street or alley adjacent to the same between the property line and the curb or the middle of the alley, or for 10 feet outside the property line if there is no curb, any growth of weeds, grass or brush or other vegetation to a greater height than 10 inches in average.
[Amended 9-26-2006 by L.L. No. 5-2006]
If the foregoing provision is not complied with, the Village Clerk shall give notice by first-class mail to the owner and/or occupant of the premises. Such notice shall state that the grass, weeds, brush or other vegetation on the premises has reached a height greater than 10 inches in average. Such notice shall further advise that if the owner and/or occupant of the premises does not comply with the provisions of this chapter within seven days of mailing said notice, the Village will cause such weeds, grass, brush or other vegetation on such premises to be cut and removed. The first such notice mailed to the owner and/or occupant of a premises within a calendar year shall be without charge. The second such notice within a calendar year shall result in an administrative charge to the owner and/or occupant of $25, together with such other costs reasonably incurred in connection therewith; the third such notice and every subsequent notice within a calendar year shall result in an administrative fee of $50. Such notice shall further advise that owner and/or occupant of the premises that the actual cost of cutting and removing the weeds, grass, brush or other vegetation, plus administrative fees, must be paid to the Village Clerk, along with any other reasonable costs incurred in connection therewith.
[Added 9-26-2006 by L.L. No. 5-2006]
In the event that the Village is required to cut and remove the weeds, grass, brush or other vegetation due to the failure of the owner, occupant or lessees to complete the same within seven days of notice sent to said owner and/or occupant, an administrative fee of $25 shall be assessed to the premises, to cover the cost associated with supervision and inspection of the cutting and removal of weeds, grass, brush and other vegetation to bring the premises into compliance. The costs incurred in cutting and removal, plus all administrative fees, shall be certified by the Code Enforcement Officer to the Village Clerk and, if such are not paid immediately by the owner, occupant or lessee of the premises, shall thereupon become a lien upon such property and shall be added to and become part of the taxes to be assessed and levied upon such premises and shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes and shall be collected and enforced in the same manner and by the same tax collector.
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable for each offense by a fine of not more than $250.