[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Woodridge 1-18-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994 (Ch. 105 of the 1992 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
In response to numerous complaints the Village of Woodridge has received from residents concerning the maintenance of buildings and properties within the Village, the Village has determined that it is appropriate to establish standards for general maintenance of properties, buildings and structures within the Village to contribute to the public welfare, safety and good order of its residents and prevent the creation of blighting conditions, and in order to protect and preserve the property within the Village of Woodridge.
Surface and subsurface water shall be appropriately drained to protect buildings and structures and to prevent the development of stagnant ponds.
No shopping baskets, carts or wagons shall be left unattended or standing, and such baskets, carts or wagons shall be regularly collected and removed to the interior of the building or buildings from which they were taken by the person responsible for such building or buildings.
All fences shall be maintained by the owner and/or occupant of the property. Such maintenance shall include but not be limited to the replacement and/or repair of fences which may become in disrepair.
All stairs, steps, walks, driveways, parking spaces and similarly paved areas shall be maintained so as to afford safe passage under normal use and weather conditions. The holes or other hazards that may exist shall be filled and necessary repairs or replacements carried out by the owner and/or occupant of the property.
Yards, courts and vacant lots shall be kept clean and free of physical hazards and rodent harborage and infestation by the owner and/or occupant of the property. Said property shall be maintained in a manner that will prevent rubbish from being blown about the neighborhood. Open wells, cesspools or cisterns shall be securely closed or barricaded from access to the public.
Buildings and structures.
All exterior exposed surfaces not inherently resistant to deterioration shall be repaired, coated, treated or sealed to protect them from deterioration or weathering.
Every exterior wall, roof and porch or appurtenance thereto shall be maintained in a manner so as to prevent collapse of the same or injury to the occupants of the building or to the public.
The foundation walls of every building shall be maintained in good repair and be structurally sound.
Exterior walls (including doors and windows), roofs and the areas around doors, windows, chimneys and other parts of a building shall be so maintained as to keep water from entering the buildings. Materials which have been damaged or show evidences of dry rot or other deterioration shall be repaired or replaced and refinished in a workmanlike manner within a reasonable amount of time. Exterior walls, roofs and other parts of the building shall be free from loose and unsecured objects and material. Such objects or materials shall be removed, repaired or replaced.
The owner of a vacated building shall take such steps and perform such acts as may be required of him or her from time to time to ensure that the building and its adjoining yards remain safe and secure and do not present a hazard to adjoining property or the public.
Buildings and structures shall be maintained free of insect, vermin and rodent harborage and infestation. Methods used for exterminating insects, vermin and rodents shall conform to generally accepted practices and be in conformance with all state and federal rules, regulations and ordinances applicable thereto.
Within the Village of Woodridge, the following regulations regarding to brush, grass and weeds shall be applicable:
It shall be unlawful for any owner, lessee or occupant, or any agent, servant, representative or employee thereof, having control of any occupied or unoccupied lot or land, or any part thereof in the Village:
To permit or maintain on any such lot or land any growth of weeds, grass or other rank vegetation to a greater height than six inches.
To permit any accumulation of dead weeds, grass or brush, or rotted or dead trees or brush which have fallen or in the opinion of the Village Code Enforcement Officer create a potential hazard of falling if not cut back or removed.
To permit or maintain on or along the sidewalks, street or alley adjacent to such lot, or land between the property line and the curb, or between the property line and the traveled parts of such street or alley where there is no curb, any growth of weeds, grass or other vegetation to a greater height than four inches.
It shall also be unlawful for any person to cause, suffer or allow poison ivy, ragweed or other poisonous plants or plants detrimental to health to grow on any such lot or land in such manner that any part of such ivy, ragweed or other poisonous or harmful weed or plant shall extend upon, overhang or border any public place or to allow seed, pollen or other poisonous particles or emanations therefrom to be carried through the air into any public place.
It shall be the duty of any and every owner, lessee or occupant of any lot or land to cut and remove or to kill by spraying, or to cause to be cut and removed or killed by spraying, all such weeds, grass or other rank, poisonous or harmful vegetation as often as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of Subsections A and B.
If the provisions of Subsections A, B and C are not complied with, the Village, through its Code Enforcement Officer, shall serve written notice, personally or by mail, upon the owner, occupant or any person having control of any such lot or land to comply with the provisions of this chapter. Mailing by regular mail to the owner's address on file in the Village Clerk's office shall be deemed sufficient notice seven days after mailing.
[Amended 11-21-2016 by L.L. No. 5-2016]
If the person upon whom the notice is served fails, neglects or refuses to cut and remove or cause to be cut and removed such weeds, grass or other vegetation within seven days after mailing by the Village Clerk of such notice, the Code Enforcement Officer shall cause such weeds, grass and other vegetation on such lot or land to be cut and removed, and the actual cost of such cutting and removal, plus a service charge of 50% thereof to cover the cost of supervision and administration, shall be certified by the Code Enforcement Officer to the Village Clerk, and such certified amount shall thereupon become and be a lien upon the property on which said weeds, grass and other vegetation were located and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lot or land and shall bear interest at the same rate as Village real estate taxes and shall be collected and enforced in the same manner as such taxes.
The owner, occupant or any person having control over any lot, land or property found in violation of this provision shall be notified in writing only once in any given six-month period for a particular violation. Subsequent violations of a similar nature at the same location during the same six-month period shall be corrected by the Village or its agent without notice to the owner, occupant or person having control of said property. After initial notification, such owner, occupant or person having control of said property will be presumed to have been given sufficient notice of a similar infraction for the entire six-month period.
The following rules and regulations as to closing of retail establishments shall apply to all retail establishments in the Village of Woodridge:
The retail establishment and surrounding area, i.e., garbage and dumpster area, shall be left broom clean.
Front windows shall be left clean; windows may be boarded up in accordance with the criteria hereinafter set forth.
If boarded up, all openings are to be covered with plywood having a minimum thickness of 3/8 inch. Plywood must be made to fit evenly in window and door openings. No overlapping of scrap pieces is to be used. All plywood is to be painted with tan or beige exterior paint. If blinds are chosen, they are to be pulled down to the window sill evenly. Blinds are to be in properly working order and acceptable in appearance.
Except for all permanent signs, all promotional signs and the tape used to hold these signs in place must be removed from all surfaces.
The owners/proprietors shall leave their telephone numbers and addresses with the Police and Building Departments of the Village of Woodridge so they might be promptly contacted if necessary.
The owners/proprietors shall make arrangements with the Code Enforcement Officer for a store closure inspection within 10 days of closing and receive the approval of the Department.
Any swimming pool located within the Village of Woodridge shall be maintained as required by the laws of the State of New York and rules and regulations of its agencies.
Any owner and/or operator of a swimming pool in the Village of Woodridge shall maintain the swimming pool in compliance with the rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Health, and, in particular, no water shall be permitted to remain in a swimming pool that is not in compliance with such rules and regulations.
No owner or operator of a swimming pool shall operate a swimming pool within the Village of Woodridge where the clarity of the water does not permit one observing the swimming pool to see the bottom of said pool.
When a swimming pool is permitted to deteriorate so that:
It is no longer usable for the purpose for which it is constructed;
It is no longer of capable of holding water;
Its water filter system or supply is no longer usable;
If a metal pool, it is rusting, rotting and becoming unsightly; or
In the case of a concrete swimming pool, the concrete is falling, broken, cracked and/or chipped.
Upon finding of the Village Code Enforcement Officer that any of the aforementioned conditions exist, the swimming pool must be repaired and brought to a usable condition within 30 days after written notice is delivered in person or mailed by certified mail to the owner's last known address as shown on the rolls of the Village Assessor of the Village of Woodridge.
Upon failure to make such repairs within the thirty-day period as provided above, a notice of hearing shall be served upon the owner in the manner in which the notice of repair was served as set forth above, returnable before the Village Board at least 10 days after service, at which time the Village Board shall conduct a hearing and make a determination whether or not the swimming pool is in such condition that it must be removed or repaired and issue an order to perform said repair work or removal within a reasonable time as determined by the Village Board.
Upon the failure of the owner to repair or remove the swimming pool, the Village shall fill said swimming pool with gravel or other appropriate material, cover it with topsoil and charge the cost against the owner, which cost shall be 1 1/2 times the direct cost incurred by the Village to cover the cost and expense of administration and supervision.
All unpaid delinquent charges and penalties shall constitute a lien on the real property upon which the swimming pool is located, and, upon failure of the landowner to pay the charges as set forth above, said charges shall be added to the next succeeding Village tax bill of the landowner and levied and enforced in the same manner and at the same time as may be provided by law for the collection and enforcement of Village taxes.
[Amended 4-4-1994 by L.L. No. 3-1994]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation, punishable by a maximum fine of $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both, for each violation. For purposes of this section, each day shall constitute a separate violation.
Whenever the Village Code Enforcement Officer shall find that a violation of this chapter exists which, in his opinion, requires immediate action to abate a direct hazard or immediate danger to the health, safety, morals or welfare of the occupants of a building or of the public, he may issue an order citing the violation and directing that such action be taken as is necessary to remove or abate the hazard or danger. Such order may include an order to vacate the premises in question. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, such an order shall be effective immediately upon service and shall be complied with immediately or as otherwise provided.
Whenever any violation of this chapter which, in the opinion of the Village Code Enforcement Officer, causes a direct hazard or immediate danger to the health, safety, morals or welfare of the occupants of a building or the public has not been corrected in the time specified by an order issued by the Village Code Enforcement Officer, the Code Enforcement Officer may take such direct action as is necessary to abate the hazard or danger. Expenses incurred in the execution of such order shall be recovered in the same manner as referred to in § 295-5B(5).