[Amended 6-24-1996 by L.L. No. 5-1996]
Removal or repair.
Any building or structure that may be or shall at any time hereafter become dangerous or unsafe, structurally or as a fire hazard, shall, unless made safe and secure, be taken down and removed when and as ordered by the Building Inspector. A vacant building unguarded or open at door or window shall be deemed dangerous or unsafe as a fire hazard within the meaning of this section.
A building or structure damaged by fire, explosion, collision, act of God or act of public enemy may, pursuant to a permit issued within three months after such event, be reconstructed as it previously existed, and a building or structure declared unsafe by duly constituted authority may be restored to safe condition, provided that if the damage or cost of reconstruction or restoration is in excess of 50% of the value of the building or structure if reconstructed or restored, it shall be made to conform to the requirements for new buildings and structures as to materials and forms of construction.
Any building or structure or premises that may be or shall at any time fall into a state of disrepair shall be repaired as may be directed by the Building Inspector. In the event that the owner or occupant of such property shall not comply with such direction, the Board of Trustees, after reasonable notice to the property owner and occupant and an opportunity for them to be heard, may direct that such work as may reasonably be required to comply with such direction be performed at the expense of the property owner.
Emergency work. Where, in the opinion of the Building Inspector, there is actual immediate danger of the collapse or falling of a building or structure so as to endanger life or property, the Building Inspector may direct or cause the necessary work to be done, at the expense of the owner, to render such building or structure temporarily safe, whether or not steps to abate the unsafe conditions have been instituted.
Vacating buildings and closing streets. When a building or structure is in an unsafe condition so that life is endangered thereby, the Building Inspector may order and require the occupants to vacate the same forthwith. When necessary for public safety, the Building Inspector may temporarily close sidewalks, streets, buildings, structures and places adjacent thereto and prohibit the same from being used. Any Chief of Police, police officer, and any Fire Chief, when called upon by the Building Inspector to cooperate, shall assist in the enforcement of such orders or requirements.
Contractors, laborers and materials. For the purposes of this chapter, the Building Inspector may employ such contractors and/or laborers and purchase such supplies as may be necessary to perform said work as speedily as practicable, provided that the same complies with all applicable legal requirements.
Recovery of costs. Wherever it is provided in this chapter that work may be done at the expense of the owner of property, such costs may be recovered by assessment of a lien upon such property in the same manner as provided for real property taxes levied by the Village, or by action instituted by the Village Attorney, on behalf of the Village, against the owner of such premises.
Editor's Note: Former § 44-24, Report of violation; notice to owner, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 6-24-1996 by L.L. No. 5-1996.