Town of Highland, NY
Sullivan County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Highland as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building and energy code administration and enforcement — See Ch. 34.
Subdivisions — See Ch. 160.
Unsafe buildings — See Ch. 180.
Zoning — See Ch. 190.
[Adopted 7-12-2005 by L.L. No. 5-2005[1]]
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Editor's Note: This local law was adopted as Ch. 191, §§ 191-80 through 191-86, but was renumbered to maintain the alphabetical organization of the Code.
Sullivan County, New York has implemented an enhanced 911 telephone system whereby an individual is able to dial a 911 telephone number in the event of an emergency. A Townwide uniform numbering system of all buildings will assist emergency personnel in responding efficiently and quickly to an emergency. It is, therefore, in the best interest of the public health, safety and welfare of the Town of Highland to enact this chapter of the Code of the Town of Highland.
All buildings and structures shall be identified by their 911 number and not their postal numbers.
In the event that a dwelling or any other building or structure that is to be identified by such a number is set back more than 50 feet from the roadway or is otherwise not visible from the road, the property owner shall post his/her number at the road end of the driveway, a minimum of three feet to the bottom of the lowest number to a maximum of six feet to the top of the highest number, above the ground.
911 numbers shall be a minimum of three inches and not more than six inches in height with at least a half-inch stroke and made of reflective materials visible from both sides if the road access to the building can be from either direction. 911 numbers posted on buildings shall not be posted on doors or in locations where the number would be obstructed if the door were left in an open position. 911 numbers are to be continuously displayed, maintained and/or replaced as and if the need arises.
[Amended 7-14-2009 by L.L. No. 4-2009]
A. 
Noncompliance deemed a violation. Any person, corporation, partnership, or other entity owning a building within the Town of Highland failing for 60 days after the initial notice from the Code Enforcement Officer to place the proper designated number on said building shall be deemed in violation of this chapter.
B. 
Nonmaintenance deemed a violation. Any person, corporation, partnership, or other entity owning a building within the Town of Highland who or which fails to maintain building numbers as provided herein shall be deemed in violation of this chapter.
C. 
Service of notice. The notice provided for herein may be given personal service or by certified mailing to the last known address of the owner as shown on the last assessment roll on file in the Assessor's office of the Town of Highland.
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Defense against complaint. It shall be a defense in any prosecution of this chapter that the building owner, after service of the first complaint alleging a violation of this chapter, brought the premises into compliance with this chapter, provided such building owner obtained from the Code Enforcement Officer prior to the return date a certificate attesting to such compliance, and upon presentation of such certificate to the court, the court shall dismiss the complaint, but the defense of compliance with this chapter shall not be available if:
(1) 
Code Enforcement Officer shall have served a second or subsequent notice of violation upon such building owner prior to return date; or
(2) 
Notwithstanding such dismissal pursuant to this subsection, the building owner shall further violate this chapter with respect to the same building and the same violation of this chapter.
No emergency service providers or other authorized individuals or agencies shall be held liable for failing to find or locate a particular premises because no 911 number has been posted and/or because said number is or was otherwise obscured from their vision in responding to emergency calls, and they shall be held harmless by the subdivider, developer, homeowners' association and/or individual private homeowner.
[Amended 7-14-2009 by L.L. No. 4-2009]
Any person, corporation, partnership or other entity in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. Each calendar week or portion thereof that said violation continues shall be deemed a separate violation.
[Adopted 4-12-2011 by L.L. No. 3-2011[1]]
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Editor’s Note: This local law was adopted as Ch. 38 but was renumbered to maintain the alphabetical organization of the Code.
Sullivan County, New York, has implemented an enhanced 911 telephone system whereby an individual is able to dial a 911 telephone number in the event of an emergency. A town-wide uniform signing system of all private roads will assist emergency personnel in responding efficiently and quickly to an emergency along a private road. It is therefore, in the best interest of the public health, safety and welfare of the Town of Highland to enact this article of the Code of the Town of Highland.
All private roads shall be identified by their official 911 road name.
A private road sign conforming to the requirements of this article shall be erected off the road shoulder at the private road's intersection with a public road or at its intersection with another private road. The bottom of the sign shall be a minimum of six feet above the road shoulder, and the top of the sign shall be a maximum of eight feet above the road shoulder.
Private road sign letters shall be six inches in height with at least a half-inch stroke and made of white reflective material on both sides of a nine-inch-high metal sign coated on both sides with blue reflective material and attached to a metal post in such a way that the letters are not obscured and the lettering can be read when approaching the private road from either direction. Private road signs are to be continuously displayed, kept free of branches, maintained and/or replaced as and if the need arises.
A. 
Noncompliance deemed a violation. Any subdivider, developer, homeowner's association, private owner or other entity owning a private road within the Town of Highland failing for 60 days after the initial notice from the Code Enforcement Officer to place the proper designated private road sign at the private road intersection shall be deemed in violation of this article.
B. 
Non-maintenance deemed a violation. Any subdivider, developer, homeowners's association, private owner, or other entity owning a private road within the Town of Highland who or which fails to maintain a private road sign as provided herein shall be deemed in violation of this article.
C. 
Service of notice. The notice provided for herein may be given by personal service or by certified mailing to the last known address of the owner as shown on the last assessment roll on file in the Assessor's office in the Town of Highland.
D. 
Defense against complaint. It shall be a defense in any prosecution of this article that the private road owner, after service of the first complaint alleging a violation of this article, brought the private road into compliance with this article, provided such private road owner obtained from the Code Enforcement Officer prior to the return date, a certificate attesting to such compliance, and upon presentation of such certificate to the Court, the Court shall dismiss the complaint, but the defense of compliance with this article shall not be available if:
(1) 
The Code Enforcement Officer shall have served a second or subsequent notice of violation upon such private road owner prior to the return date; or
(2) 
Notwithstanding such dismissal pursuant to this subsection, the private road owner shall further violate this article with respect to the same private road and the same violation of this article.
No emergency services providers or other authorized individuals or agencies shall be held liable for failing to find or locate a particular premises because no private road sign has been posted or because said private road sign is or was otherwise obscured from their vision in responding to emergency calls, and they shall be held harmless by the subdivider, developer, homeowner's association, private owner, other entity and/or individual private homeowner.
Any subdivider, developer, homeowner's association, private owner or other entity in violation of any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. Each calendar week or portion thereof that said violation continues shall be deemed a separate violation.