[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Saugerties 1-2-1996 by L.L. No. 1-1996. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The owner or occupant of any real property, whether vacant or improved by any buildings, abutting any sidewalk in the Village of Saugerties shall keep such sidewalk free and clear of snow and ice at all times.
Within 24 hours after cessation of every fall of snow or the formation of any ice on the sidewalk abutting the premises, the owner or occupant shall remove or cause the same to be removed or cleared from the said sidewalk to a minimum width of 30 inches. If the snow or ice shall be frozen so hard that it cannot practicably be removed, the owner or occupant shall, within the time above specified, cause the sidewalk to be covered and strewn with salt, ashes, sand, or other dissolving or disintegrating material and shall, as soon thereafter as the weather will permit, thoroughly clean the sidewalk and remove the ice and snow therefrom.
Where a sidewalk has not been set aside along the margin of a street or highway adjoining that portion of business or commercial premises used for access and parking, including but not limited to individual stores, shopping centers, and gasoline service stations, the owner or occupant shall clear a path at least 30 inches in width throughout the length of the premises free from snow and ice for use by pedestrians as a walkway in compliance with the provisions of Subsections A and B of this section.
The owner or occupant of any real property, whether vacant or improved by any buildings, in front of which or adjacent to which property there is a fire hydrant shall cause snow to be removed for a distance of 30 inches around the hydrant and between the hydrant and the street and to keep the fire hydrant and access to the street free from snow throughout the winter.
The owner or occupant of any real property, whether vacant or improved by any buildings, located at an intersection of two streets shall clear a path at the intersection at least 30 inches in width through any piles of accumulation of snow or ice on the sidewalk or street so as to enable pedestrian access from the sidewalk at the corner to the cleared portion of the roadway.
If snow or ice shall remain on a sidewalk for more than 24 hours after the cessation of snowfall or the formation of ice, the Village may provide for the removal thereof at the expense of the owner or occupant of the abutting premises. The charge to be collected for the removal or snow or ice or for clearing the area around a fire hydrant or for covering the sidewalk with salt, ashes, sand or other dissolving or disintegrating material shall be $35 plus $0.50 per linear foot for the length of the sidewalk cleared or treated by the Village on each such occasion. The Village Clerk shall send a statement, by certified mail, return receipt, to the owner, lessee, tenant or occupant of the premises abutting the sidewalk from which the snow or ice shall have been removed. If the charge is not paid within 10 working days, it shall be a lien upon the premises abutting the sidewalk and shall be collected by the Village Treasurer as an assessment upon said premises on the real property tax statements issued by the Village Treasurer on the tax collection date next following as provided by law. The collection of this charge shall not preclude the Village from pursuing any other civil or criminal remedies which may be available to enforce the violation of this section.
Any person who fails to comply with this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not to exceed $250 or be imprisoned for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both.
Upon a violation of this chapter, an appearance ticket, as that term is defined in Criminal Procedure Law § 150, shall be issued. Service of the appearance ticket shall be made in any manner authorized by the New York State Civil Practice Laws and Rules. If the property in question is not occupied at the time of the violation, service of the appearance ticket shall be authorized by leaving a copy of the appearance ticket affixed to any structure found on the premises, if there are structures on the premises, and by mailing a copy of the appearance ticket to the address of the property owner as that address appears on the tax rolls. In the event that the property in question is not improved by a structure, service of the appearance ticket shall be authorized by mailing a copy of the appearance ticket to the owner at the owner's address as it appears on the tax rolls.
Violations of this chapter shall be considered violations and/or offenses and/or infractions, and not misdemeanors.