City of Olean, NY
Cattaraugus County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
STATE LAW REFERENCES
General Construction Law § 12.
General Construction Law § 13-a.
General Construction Law § 14.
General Construction Law §§ 13, 41.
General Construction Law § 15.
General Construction Law § 19.
General Construction Law § 20.
General Construction Law § 22.
General Construction Law § 23.
General Construction Law § 24.
General Construction Law § 25-a.
General Construction Law § 30.
General Construction Law § 31.
General Construction Law § 32.
General Construction Law § 33.
General Construction Law § 34.
General Construction Law § 35.
General Construction Law § 36.
General Construction Law § 37.
General Construction Law § 39.
General Construction Law § 40.
General Construction Law § 46.
General Construction Law § 51.
General Construction Law § 56.
General Construction Law § 58.
General Construction Law § 60.
General Construction Law § 80.
General Construction Law §§ 90-96.
Power of city to provide penalties, forfeitures and imprisonment to punish violations of ordinances, General City Law § 20(22).

Sec. 1-1 Designation and citation of Code.

[Code 1971, § 1-1]
The ordinances embraced in this part III shall constitute and be designated the "Code of Ordinances of the City of Olean, New York," and may be so cited.

Sec. 1-2 Definitions and general rules of construction.

[Code 1971, § 1-3]
As used in all ordinances unless the context requires otherwise:
GENERALLY
Provisions shall be liberally construed to effect the purposes expressed therein or implied from the expression thereof. In case of doubt or ambiguity in the meaning of such provisions, the general shall yield to the particular. Reference for interpretation and construction shall tend to further the accomplishment of the elimination of the particular mischiefs for which the provisions were enacted.
AFFIDAVIT
When an affidavit is authorized or required, it may be sworn to before any officer authorized by law to take the acknowledgment of deeds in this state unless a particular officer is specified before whom it is to be taken.
ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES
The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, including all components of such forces, and the National Guard when in the service of the United States pursuant to call as provided by law. Pursuant to this definition, no person shall be considered a member or veteran of the armed forces of the United States unless service in an armed force is or was on a full-time active duty basis other than active duty for training.
BOND AND UNDERTAKING
A provision authorizing or requiring a bond to be given shall be deemed to have been complied with by the execution of an undertaking to the same effect.
CALENDAR DAY
A calendar day includes the time from midnight to midnight. Sunday or any day of the week specifically mentioned means a calendar day.
CHARTER
The Charter of the City of Olean, New York.
CHATTELS
Includes goods and chattels. Where "chattels" appears and pertains to an action to recover the same, it includes all specific personal property such as, but not limited to, certificates of stock, bonds, notes or other securities or obligations.
CITY
The City of Olean, New York.
CODE
The Code of Ordinances of the City of Olean, New York, as established and designated in section 1-1.
COMMON COUNCIL
The common council of the city.
COMPUTATION OF DAYS
A number of days specified as a period from a certain day within which or after which or before which an act is authorized or required to be done means the number of calendar days exclusive of the calendar day from which the reckoning is made. If the period is a period of two days, Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday must be excluded from the reckoning if it is an intervening day between the day from which the reckoning is made and the last day of the period. In computing any specified period of time from a specified event, the day upon which the event happens is deemed the day from which the reckoning is made. The day from which any specified period of time is reckoned shall be excluded in making the reckoning.
COMPUTATION OF MONTHS
A number of months after or before a certain day shall be computed by counting such number of calendar months from such day, exclusive of the calendar month in which the day occurs, and shall include the day of the month in the last month so counted having the same numerical order in days of the month as the day from which the computation is made, unless there are not so many days in the last month so counted, in which case the period computed shall expire with the last day of the month so counted.
CONFLICTING OR OVERLAPPING PROVISIONS
Ordinances are the minimum requirements adopted for the promotion of the public health, safety, comfort, convenience and general welfare. Where an ordinance imposes greater restrictions upon the subject matter than the other provisions the provision imposing the greater restriction or regulation controls. Ordinances prevail over resolutions.
CORPORATE LIMITS, CORPORATION LIMITS
Or "city limits" means the legal boundaries of the city.
COUNTY
Cattaraugus County, New York.
DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY
A provision that requires a city officer or city employee to do an act authorizes the officer or employee to delegate and authorize subordinates to perform the required act.
EFFECT OF HOLIDAYS
When any period of time, computed from a certain day, within which or after which or before which an act is authorized or required to be done ends on a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday, the act may be done on the next succeeding business day, and, if the period ends at a specified hour, the act may be done at or before the same hour of the next succeeding business day. Where time is extended by virtue of the provisions of this paragraph, the extended time shall not be included in the computation of interest, except that when the period is specified as a number of months, the extended time shall be included in the computation of interest.
GENDER
Whenever words of the masculine or feminine gender appear, unless the sense of the sentence requires otherwise, they shall be deemed to refer to both male or female persons. This construction shall apply to gender-indicative suffixes or prefixes as well as to gender-indicative words. Whenever the reference is to a corporation, board, body, group, organization or entity comprising more than one person or to an assemblage of persons or to an inanimate object, the reference shall be construed to be neuter in gender.
HERETOFORE OR HEREAFTER
When used in any provision, relates to the time the provision takes effect.
KEEPER OR PROPRIETOR
Includes persons, whether acting by themselves or through servants, agents or employees.
MAY
Is to be construed as permissive.
MAYOR
The mayor of the city.
MONTH
A calendar month.
MUNICIPAL OFFICERS
A reference to several officers of the city holding the same office or to a board of such officers shall refer to the single officer holding the office, when but one person is chosen to fill the office in pursuance of law.
MUST
Is to be construed as mandatory.
NEWSPAPERS
"Daily newspaper" or "newspaper published each business day" means a newspaper customarily published on each business day of the year, whether or not the newspaper is published on any other day. In this paragraph "business day" does not include a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday.
NIGHTTIME
Includes the time from sunset to sunrise.
NONTECHNICAL AND TECHNICAL WORDS
Words and phrases shall be construed according to the common and approved usage of the language, but technical words and phrases and such others as may have acquired a peculiar and appropriate meaning in law shall be construed and understood according to such meaning.
NOTICE
When a notice is required to be given to a board or body, service of the notice upon the clerk or chairperson of the board or body is sufficient.
NOW
In any provision referring to other ordinances or local laws in force or to a person in office or to any facts or circumstances as existing, relates to the local laws or ordinances in force or to the person in office or to the facts or circumstances existing, respectively, immediately before the taking effect of the provision.
NUMBER
Words in the singular number include the plural and in the plural number include the singular.
OATH, AFFIDAVIT, AND SWEAR
Includes every mode authorized by law of attesting the truth of that which is stated. "Swear" includes every mode authorized by law for administering an oath.
OR, AND
May be read "and," and "and" may be read "or" if the sense requires it.
OWNER
As applied to a building or land, includes any part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, tenant in partnership, joint tenant, or tenant by the entirety, of the whole or of a part of the building or land.
PERSON
Includes a corporation and a joint-stock association. When used to designate a party whose property may be the subject of any offense, "person" includes the state or any other state, government, or country which may lawfully own property in the state.
PERSONAL PROPERTY
Includes chattels, money, things in action, and all written instruments themselves, as distinguished from the rights or interests to which they relate, by which any right, interest, lien or incumbrance in, to or upon property or any debt or financial obligation is created, acknowledged, evidenced, transferred, discharged or defeated, wholly or in part, and everything, except real property, which may be the subject of ownership. Oil wells and all fixtures connected with oil wells, situated on lands leased for oil purposes and oil interests, and rights held under and by virtue of any lease or contract or other right or license to operate for or produce petroleum oil, are deemed personal property for all purposes except taxation.
PRECEDING, FOLLOWING
Next before and next after, respectively.
PROPERTY
Includes real property and personal property.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS DESIGNATED
Includes the following days in each year: January 1, known as New Year's Day; the third Monday in January known as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day; February 12, known as Lincoln's Birthday; the third Monday in February, known as Washington's Birthday; the last Monday in May, known as Memorial Day; the second Sunday in June, known as Flag Day; July 4, known as Independence Day; the first Monday in September known as Labor Day; the second Monday in October, known as Columbus Day; November 11, known as Veterans Day; the fourth Thursday in November, known as Thanksgiving Day; and December 25, known as Christmas Day and, if any of such day except Flag Day is Sunday, the next day thereafter, and each general election day and each day appointed by the president of the United States or by the governor of this state as a day of general thanksgiving, general fasting and prayer or other general religious observances. "Half-holiday" includes the period from noon to midnight of each Saturday which is not a public holiday.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any park, cemetery, schoolyard or open space adjacent thereto, and all beaches, canals and other waterways.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR, ETC.
The terms "public works department" and "department of public works" are synonymous. The terms "public works director," "director of public works" and "director of the department of public works" are synonymous.
QUORUM AND MAJORITY
Whenever three or more public officers are given any power or authority or three or more persons are charged with any public duty to be performed or exercised by them jointly or as a board or similar body, a majority of the whole number of such persons or officers, at a meeting duly held at a time fixed by law or by any bylaw duly adopted by the board or body or at any duly adjourned meeting of the board or body or at any meeting duly held upon reasonable notice to all of them shall constitute a quorum. Not less than a majority of the whole number may perform and exercise such power, authority, or duty. In this paragraph "whole number" means the total number which the board, commission, body, or other group of persons or officers would have were there no vacancies and none of the persons disqualified from acting. Any meeting referred to in this paragraph may be adjourned by a less number than a quorum.
REAL PROPERTY
Includes real estate, lands, tenements and hereditaments, corporeal and incorporeal.
REFERENCES TO OFFICIALS, DEPARTMENTS, ETC.
References to officers, employees, boards, departments and commissions are to be interpreted as if followed by the words "of the city."
REFERENCES TO REPEALED PROVISIONS
If any legislation is repealed and, in substance, reenacted, a reference to the repealed provision shall be deemed a reference to the reenacted provision.
RESIDENCE
The place adopted by a person as the person's place of habitation, and to which, whenever the person is absent, the person has the intention of returning. When a person eats at one place and sleeps at another, the place where the person sleeps is the person's residence.
SEAL
The city or corporate seal.
SHALL
Is to be construed as mandatory.
SIDEWALK
Any portion of a street between the curbline and the adjacent property line intended for the use of pedestrians. "Sidewalk" does not include a parkway.
SIGNATURE
Includes any memorandum, mark or sign written, printed, stamped, photographed, engraved or otherwise placed upon any instrument or writing with intent to execute or authenticate the instrument or writing.
STATE
The State of New York.
STREET
Includes any street, avenue, boulevard, road, alley, lane, viaduct or other public highway in the city.
SUBWAY
That area of a city street lying between the vehicular traffic lane and the dedicated street limit.
TENANT, OCCUPANT
As applied to a building or land, includes any person holding a written or oral lease or who occupies the whole or a part of the building or land, either alone or with others.
TENSE
Words used in the past or present tense include the future as well as the past and present.
WEEK
Seven days.
WRITING AND WRITTEN
Includes every legible representation of letters upon a material substance, except when applied to the signature of an instrument.
YEAR
365 days, but the added day of a leap year and the day immediately preceding shall, for the purpose of such computation, be counted as one day. "Year" means 12 months. "Half year" means six months. "Quarter of a year" means three months.

Sec. 1-3 Catchlines of sections, subsections, etc.; effect of history notes, and cross references and state law references.

[Code 1971, § 1-2]
(a) 
Catchlines for sections, subsections, paragraphs, or other portions of this Code that are printed in boldface type are intended as mere catchwords to indicate the contents and are not titles or part of the law, nor shall they be so deemed when amended or reenacted.
(b) 
History or source notes appearing in parentheses after sections in this Code are not intended to have any legal effect but are merely intended to indicate the derivation of the matter contained in the section. Cross references and state law references which appear after sections or subsections of this Code or which otherwise appear in footnote form are provided for convenience and have no legal effect.
(c) 
All references to chapters, articles, divisions, subdivisions, or sections are to the chapters, articles, divisions, subdivisions, or sections of this Code unless otherwise specified.

Sec. 1-4 Effect of repeal of legislation.

[Code 1971, § 1-5]
(a) 
The repeal of legislation includes any legislation amendatory of the legislation repealed. The repeal of any provision which repeals any provision of prior legislation does not revive such prior provision. Provisions repealing prior legislation which are substantial reenactments of provisions of the prior legislation shall be construed as a continuation of the provisions of the prior legislation, modified or amended according to the language employed, and not as new enactments.
(b) 
The repeal of legislation or part thereof does not affect or impair any act done, offense committed, or right accruing, accrued, or acquired or any liability, penalty, forfeiture, or punishment incurred prior to the time the repeal takes effect, but the same may be enjoyed, asserted, enforced, prosecuted, or inflicted as fully and to the same extent as if the repeal had not been effected. Unless otherwise specifically provided by law, all actions and proceedings, civil or criminal, commenced under or by virtue of any legislation so repealed and pending immediately prior to the taking effect of the repeal may be prosecuted and defended to final effect in the same manner as they might if the provisions were not so repealed.
(c) 
When two numbers in a schedule of repeals are connected by a dash, both such numbers are included as well as all intermediate numbers.

Sec. 1-5 Amendments or additions to Code.

(a) 
Amendments to any of the provisions of this Code may be made by amending such provisions by specific reference to the section number of this Code in the following language: "Section _____ of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Olean, New York, is hereby amended to read as follows: . . ." The new provisions may then be set out in full as desired.
(b) 
If a new section not heretofore existing in the Code is to be added, the following language may be used: "The Code of Ordinances of the City of Olean, New York, is hereby amended by adding a section, to be numbered _____, which section reads as follows: . . ." The new section may then be set out in full as desired.
(c) 
All chapters, articles, sections, subsections, paragraphs, or provisions desired to be repealed should be specifically and expressly repealed by chapter, article, section, subsection, or paragraph number, as the case may be.

Sec. 1-6 Altering Code.

[Code 1971, § 1-6]
It shall be unlawful for any person in the city to change or amend by additions or deletions, any part or portion of this Code, or to insert or delete pages, or portions thereof, or to alter or tamper with such Code in any manner whatsoever which will cause the law of the city to be misrepresented thereby.

Sec. 1-7 Supplementation of Code.

(a) 
By contract or by city personnel, supplements to this Code shall be prepared and printed whenever authorized or directed by the city. A supplement to the Code shall include all substantive permanent and general parts of ordinances of a general and permanent nature adopted during the period covered by the supplement and all changes made thereby in the Code. The pages of a supplement shall be so numbered that they will fit properly into the Code and will, where necessary, replace pages which have become obsolete or partially obsolete. The new pages shall be so prepared that, when they have been inserted, the Code will be current through the date of the adoption of the latest legislation included in the supplement.
(b) 
In preparing a supplement to this Code, all portions of the Code which have been repealed shall be excluded from the Code by the omission thereof from reprinted pages.
(c) 
When preparing a supplement to this Code, the person authorized to prepare the supplement may make formal, nonsubstantive changes in ordinances and parts of ordinances included in the supplement, insofar as it is necessary to do so to embody them into a unified code. For example, the person may:
(1) 
Organize the material into appropriate subdivisions;
(2) 
Provide appropriate catchlines, headings, and titles for sections and other subdivisions of the Code printed in the supplement, and make changes in such catchlines, headings, and titles;
(3) 
Assign appropriate numbers to sections and other subdivisions to be inserted in the Code and, where necessary to accommodate new material, change existing section or other subdivision numbers;
(4) 
Change the words "this ordinance" or words of the same meaning to "this chapter," "this article," "this division," etc., as the case may be, or to "sections _____ to _____" (inserting section numbers to indicate the sections of the Code which embody the substantive sections of the ordinances incorporated into the Code); and
(5) 
Make other nonsubstantive changes necessary to preserve the original meaning of ordinances inserted into the Code; but, in no case, shall the codifier make any change in the meaning or effect of material included in the supplement or already embodied in the Code.

Sec. 1-8 General penalty; continuing violations.

[Code 1971, § 1-7]
(a) 
In this section, violation of this Code means:
(1) 
Doing an act that is prohibited or made or declared unlawful or an offense by ordinance or by rule or regulation authorized by ordinance;
(2) 
Failure to perform an act that is required to be performed by ordinance or by rule or regulation authorized by ordinance; or
(3) 
Failure to perform an act if the failure is declared an offense, a misdemeanor, or unlawful by ordinance or by rule or regulation authorized by ordinance.
(b) 
In this section, violation of this Code does not include the failure of a city officer or city employee to perform an official duty unless it is provided that failure to perform the duty is to be punished as provided in this section.
(c) 
Except as otherwise provided, a person convicted of a violation of this Code shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or any combination thereof. With respect to violations that are continuous with respect to time, each day the violation continues is a separate offense.
[Amended 10-27-2015 by Res. No. 95-15]
(d) 
The imposition of a penalty does not prevent revocation or suspension of a license, permit, or franchise.
(e) 
Violations of this Code that are continuous with respect to time are a public nuisance and may be abated by injunctive or other equitable relief. The imposition of a penalty does not prevent equitable relief.

Sec. 1-9 Prosecution where different penalties exist for same offense.

[Code 1971, § 1-8]
In all cases where the same offense may be made punishable, or shall be created by different clauses or sections of this Code, the prosecuting officer may elect under which to proceed; but not more than one recovery shall be had against the same person for the same offense.

Sec. 1-10 Severability of parts of Code.

[Code 1971, § 1-10]
The sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses, and phrases of this Code are severable, and if any phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph, or section of this Code shall be declared unconstitutional by the valid judgment or decree of the court of competent jurisdiction, such unconstitutionality shall not affect any of the remaining phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and sections of this Code.

Sec. 1-11 Provisions considered as continuation of existing legislation.

The provisions appearing in this Code, so far as they are the same as legislation existing at the time of the adoption of this Code, shall be considered as a continuation of this part of the Code and not as new enactments.

Sec. 1-12 Legislation not affected by Code.

Nothing in this Code or the legislation adopting this Code shall affect legislation:
(1) 
Promising or guaranteeing the payment of money by or to the city, authorizing the issuance of any bonds of the city or any evidence of the city's indebtedness, or any contract or obligation assumed by the city;
(2) 
Appropriating funds or establishing or relating to the annual budget;
(3) 
Imposing taxes which are not inconsistent with this Code;
(4) 
Establishing positions, classifying employees, or setting salaries not codified in this Code;
(5) 
Dedicating, naming, establishing, locating, relocating, opening, paving, widening, or vacating any street or public way;
(6) 
Establishing or prescribing street grades;
(7) 
Providing for local improvements and assessing taxes therefor;
(8) 
Which rezones specific property;
(9) 
Dedicating, accepting, or rejecting any plat or subdivision;
(10) 
Annexing or deannexing property;
(11) 
Whose purpose has been accomplished;
(12) 
Which is special although permanent in effect;
(13) 
Which is temporary although general in effect.

Sec. 1-13 Code does not affect prior offenses, rights, etc.

(a) 
Nothing in this Code or the legislation adopting this Code affects any offense or act committed or done, any penalty or forfeiture incurred, or any contract or right established or accruing before the effective date of this Code.
(b) 
The adoption of this Code does not authorize or allow any use or the continuance of any use of a structure or premises in violation of any legislation in effect on the date of adoption of this Code.