Civil penalties. In addition to those penalties prescribed by state law, any violation of any provision of the Uniform Code, the Energy Code, or the Code of the Town of New Hartford, or any term or condition of any building/site grading permit, certificate of occupancy, certificate of compliance, temporary certificate, stop-work order, operating permit or other notice or order issued by the Code Enforcement Officer pursuant to any provision of this chapter, shall be considered a civil offense punishable by a fine of not more than $250 and/or imprisonment for not more than 15 days for each such offense. The owner, general agent or contractor of a building premises, or part thereof, where such a violation has been committed or does exist and any agent, contractor, architect, builder, corporation or other person who commits, takes part in or assists in such violation shall be liable for such an offense. All such penalties shall be collectible by and in the name of the Town. Each and every week that any such violation continues after notification that such violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. Such notice shall be given in writing by the Code Enforcement Officer and shall be served by certified return mail or personal service.
Court action. The imposition of penalties herein prescribed shall not preclude the Town or any person from instituting appropriate legal action or proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent an unlawful erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, conversion, maintenance or use or to restrain by injunction, correct or abate a violation or to prevent the illegal occupancy of a building, land or premises.