[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Wolcott 1-19-1976 by L.L. No. 1-1976. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention — See Ch. 42.
To adequately protect the property, safety, health, comfort and general welfare of the inhabitants of the Village of Wolcott, the provisions of this chapter are hereby provided for the removal or repair of buildings in any portion of the Village of Wolcott that, from any cause, may now or shall hereafter become dangerous or unsafe to the public.
Upon complaint from any person, whether written or oral, that there exists within the Village of Wolcott a building which is unsafe or dangerous to the public, the following procedures shall be followed:
The Village Board shall appoint the Zoning Enforcement Officer or any other person to inspect the premises and submit a written report of his findings to said Village Board.
If such report shall find that the building or structure is not injurious to the safety, health, comfort and general welfare of the residents of the Village of Wolcott, no further action shall be taken. If the report does find that the condition of the building or structure is injurious to the safety, health, comfort and general welfare of the residents of the Village of Wolcott, then and in that event a written notice shall be served on the owner of said building or structure, or, if he is deceased, to his legal representative, and to any occupant of said building or structure, which notice shall be served by certified mail and which notice shall contain a description of the premises, a statement of the particulars in which the building or structure is unsafe or dangerous and a requirement that the same be made safe and secure or removed within a period of not less than 30 days from and after mailing of such notice.
In the event of the neglect or refusal of the person served with the notice to comply with the same, there shall be a survey of the premises, notice of same to the owner and occupant to be served by certified mail, such survey to be made by any one member of the Village Board, and a practical builder, engineer or architect to be named by the Village Board, and a practical builder, engineer or architect appointed by the person notified as above, and in the event of the refusal or neglect of the person so notified to appoint such surveyor, the two surveyors named shall make the survey and report. The notice shall state that in the event the building or other structure shall be reported unsafe or dangerous under such survey, an application will be made at a Special Term of the Supreme Court of the Judicial District in which the property is located not less than five nor more than 10 days thereafter, for an order determining the building or other structure to be a public nuisance, and directing that it shall be repaired and secured or taken down and removed. Such notice shall further state that the Village Board will request the assessment of all costs and expenses against the owner, incurred by the Village in connection with the proceedings to remove and secure said building or structure, including compensation for the surveyors, the cost of actually removing said building or structure and any other expense necessarily incurred in obtaining such order, including, but not by way of limitation, necessary attorney's fees.