[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Thompson 12-19-2000 by L.L. No. 5-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person having control or ownership of any type of tenancy of occupied or unoccupied land or any part thereof in the Town of Thompson, New York, to permit or maintain on any such land or portion thereof or along the street, road, sidewalk or alley adjacent to the land or portion thereof between the property line and the pavement of the road or middle of an alley any growth of weeds, grass or other rank vegetation to a greater height than 12 inches on the average or any accumulation of dead weeds, grass or brush.
It shall be unlawful for any person having control or ownership of any type of tenancy of occupied or unoccupied land or any part thereof in the Town of Thompson, New York, to permit or suffer a fence, hedge, wall or other type of property enclosure to become a hazard to the public by becoming or remaining after notice to correct such condition in which such fence, hedge, wall or other type of property enclosure has become loose from its moorings, tilted into or out of the perpendicular by more than 10% or otherwise imminently subject to collapse or to suffer or permit any sign on, over or near any street or sidewalk to be other than securely fastened to a post, pipe, wall, fence or other permanent fixture so as not be a hazard to the public.
It shall be the duty of every owner, occupant, tenant or person in control of land or any portion thereof in the Town of Thompson, New York, to cut and remove or cause to be cut or removed from said property all weeds, grass or other rank, poisonous or noxious vegetation as often as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of § 183-1 or to repair, maintain, remove or secure any fence, hedge, wall or other type of property enclosure or sign so that same shall not be a hazard to the public in such manner as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of § 183-2.
Within 15 days after the mailing by certified mail of a written notice to the owner of such property as shown on the last tax assessment roll and to the occupant or tenant of said premises, if known, the officers and employees of the Building Department shall make an inspection and shall cause weeds, grass and other vegetation on such lands or portion thereof to be cut and removed or remove any fence, hedge, wall or other type of property enclosure or sign that has become a hazard to the public. The actual cost of cutting and removal of such vegetation, fence, hedge, wall or other property enclosure or sign plus a charge equal to 20% of the cost of such cutting and removal or $100, whichever sum is greater, shall be imposed for inspection and administrative expense and shall be certified by the officers and employees of the Building Department to the Town Clerk, and such charges shall be assessed against such premises and shall be levied and collected in the same manner as provided in Article 15 of the Town Law for the levy and collection of a special ad valorem levy.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to:
Land being used for agrarian purposes;
A fence, hedge, wall or other type of property enclosure which is designed and certified by a licensed engineer or architect that its structural condition is not a hazard to the public; or
With respect to any lot or parcel of land exceeding two acres in area as shown on the most recent Tax Map plat of such parcel, on which is not built a residence or other commercial structure.