[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Geneseo 12-3-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and cited as the "Nuisance Abatement Law" of the Village of Geneseo.
The regulations of the Nuisance Abatement Law shall apply to and affect real property and structures thereon that are permitted to be used for residential uses, including residential uses that are located in nonresidential zones.
The purpose of the Nuisance Abatement Law is for the protection and promotion of peace, public health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of and visitors to the Village of Geneseo, by eliminating or reducing persistent nuisance behaviors which the Board of Trustees has determined drain resources, often require police and/or emergency responses, and delay responses to other emergencies. This will allow the police, fire and code enforcement personnel to better preserve and protect the character and quality of life for all residents of the Village of Geneseo.
The following sections of local and state law shall be considered public nuisance violations:
Conviction and attempt. For purposes of this section, the term "conviction" shall be defined and applied in accordance with the provisions of § 1.20, Subdivision 13, of the Criminal Procedure Law. However, for purposes of this section, conviction of any attempt to commit a violation of any of these specified provisions shall be considered a conviction for a violation of the specified offense.
Defenses. The lack of knowledge, or lack of permission by the property owner, or violation of lease terms by the lessees, thereby resulting in conduct constituting a public nuisance hereunder, shall not be a defense by property owner(s) to a violation of this chapter. However, when a public nuisance conviction occurs that relates to a dwelling unit, that conviction shall not be included for the purposes of § 87-5 below if the tenant or tenants in the said dwelling unit are removed permanently within 45 days of the date of said conviction.
Three or more convictions of any of the above-defined public nuisance violations within § 87-4 in regard to one parcel of real property, within a twelve-month period, shall constitute a violation of this chapter. This provision shall not apply to a property if there is a change of tenants and none of the persons with convictions applicable under this section are successor tenants.
Any police officer, Village fire official or Village code officer, or their designee, may enforce this chapter. They shall complete a form, approved by the Board of Trustees, that will provide information for a list of all those convicted of public nuisance violations defined within § 87-4 above, which list shall be maintained at the Village Clerk's office.
[Amended 12-15-2008 by L.L. No. 2-2008; 2-26-2018 by L.L. No. 2-2018]
If there is or has been a violation of any code or statutory violations listed under § 87-4 or § 87-5 of this chapter, the Village Clerk, or designee, shall give notice of such violation and potential consequences to the person, persons or entities responsible under this chapter and, if separate, property owner(s). Such notice shall be in writing and shall include a concise statement of the reasons for its issuance and the potential consequences under this chapter. Such notice shall be deemed to be properly and sufficiently serviced if a copy thereof is sent by certified mail, with return receipt requested, to the person, persons or entities responsible, and if separate, the property owner(s).
Any person who violates this chapter shall be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to a fine of $500 to $1,000 for each offense.
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.
If any provision of this chapter or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of this chapter and the application of such provisions to other persons and circumstances shall not be rendered invalid thereby.