[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lancaster 9-8-1980 by L.L. No. 10-1980 (Ch. 143 of the 1976 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter shall be to ensure the safety of the citizens of the Village of Lancaster and to prevent the unnecessary disposal of refuse, landfill and other materials within the Village by prescribing a uniform grade level at which vacant lots shall be maintained.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- UNIFORM GRADE LEVEL
- A grade of land which is roughly level, allowing for slope deviations for drainage. Minor deviations to the grade caused by natural formations shall also be permitted.
- VACANT LOT
- Any parcel of land which is empty and devoid of any structure, which may include, however, land which adjoins or is part of a parcel of land which contains a structure or building.
All vacant lots within the Village of Lancaster shall be maintained at a uniform grade level so as not to endanger pedestrian traffic or to create a safety hazard.
If it is determined that a hazardous condition exists due to the dumping of landfill or other materials or of any other artificial variation in grade, the Building Inspector of the Village of Lancaster shall send notice to the owner of the property, by registered mail, describing the condition to be remedied and allowing the owner 10 days to remedy the condition.
If the owner does not comply with the notice, the Building Inspector shall have the lot leveled to a uniform grade with Village equipment.
If a vacant lot is leveled by order of the Building Inspector, pursuant to this chapter, the owner of the property shall be assessed a reasonable charge for the costs incurred.
Upon the failure of the owner and/or occupant of any premises subject to any charges pursuant to this section to pay to the Village of Lancaster the amount of said charges within 10 days after receiving a statement of said charges from the Village of Lancaster, the balance of such charges, together with interest, shall be added to the tax roll of the Village of Lancaster and shall become a lien against said premises in the same manner as regular Village property taxes and shall be subject to penalties and subsequent collection by the Village of Lancaster in the same manner as any other delinquent real property tax would be collected.
If any provision of this chapter is inconsistent with any federal or state statute, law, rule or regulation, then such statute, law, rule or regulation shall prevail.