[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck 9-26-1978 by L.L. No. 5-1978 (Ch. 98 of the 1976 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the provisions of § 124 of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck hereby provides for the maintenance and inspection of elevators within the Village.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A hoisting or lowering mechanism equipped with a car or platform which moves in guides in a substantially vertical direction and which serves two or more floors or levels of a building or structure.
All elevators installed in buildings or structures within the Village of Great Neck shall be maintained in good operating condition and shall meet the minimum standards set forth in the New York State Building Code with respect to the installation, operation and maintenance of building elevators as supplemented by Subsection B hereof, hereinafter referred to as the "minimum standards."
All elevators installed in buildings or structures shall at all times be equipped with a mirror or mirrors in the rear thereof so as to make the interior of the elevator visible prior to entering it.
The owner of any building or structure of the Village which contains an elevator is hereby required to have said elevator inspected twice in each calendar year to determine whether it is in proper working condition and whether it meets the minimum standards. One of said inspections shall be made during the first three weeks of January and the other inspection shall be made during the first three weeks of July. In addition, the Building Inspector shall have the power to order such additional inspections as he deems necessary. Said inspection shall include all moving and electrical and mechanical parts of the elevator, including but not limited to the cab, controller brakes, cables, hatches, cab and hatch doors and their interlocks.
The inspection that is required herein shall be made by a person duly licensed by the Village. To qualify for a license a person shall have had at least five years' experience as an elevator inspector, constructor or field elevator maintenance man or shall be licensed to make elevator inspections by a city or town in New York State. A person so licensed by the Village is referred to herein as an "Elevator Inspector."
If the Elevator Inspector determines that said elevator is not in good working condition and does not meet the minimum standards, then the owner shall submit a written report prepared by the Elevator Inspector to the Village, which report shall itemize any defects which exist in the elevator. The owner shall thereafter be required to cure any such defect within seven business days after receiving said written report or, in the event that said defect is of a nature which cannot be cured within seven business days, then the owner shall commence to repair said defect within said seven-day period and shall complete said work as quickly as possible, but in no event later than the date established by the Building Inspector for the completion of said work.
Each elevator shall have posted, where designated by the Building Inspector, an inspection card furnished by the Village. This card shall at all times be kept in full view and mounted in a glass covered frame. The Elevator Inspector shall sign said card after making the physical inspection required herein, but only if said elevator is found to be in good working condition and to meet the minimum standards.
In the event that an elevator is not inspected as required herein or, in the event that an elevator is inspected and the Elevator Inspector determines that said elevator is not in good working condition, then the Building Inspector shall have the power to issue a written order requiring the owner to cease the use of said elevator until such time as said elevator is inspected or until such time as the elevator is in good working condition, as the case may be. The Building Inspector shall issue said order only in the event that he has a reasonable basis for believing that the elevator is not in good working condition and that the defect in said elevator creates a danger of personal injury to persons using said elevator. Any such order shall be directed to the address of the owner, the owner's managing agent or to such other person as has been designated by the owner by a writing delivered to the Village.
Mirrors shall be placed in the rear of all elevators so as to make the interiors thereof visible prior to entering such elevators.
All buildings with elevators shall post signs on each floor serviced by the elevator directing persons to use stairways during a fire emergency. The signs shall be located on a wall adjacent to the exterior call button for the elevator not less than 48 inches nor more than 60 inches above the floor and shall carry the following legend in at least one-half-inch-high lettering: "In case of fire, use stairways."
Any person who knowingly and willfully violates any provision of this chapter or who violates or fails to comply with any order or requirement of the Building Inspector or other officer charged with the duty of inspecting elevators shall be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine or by imprisonment as more particularly provided for in § 124 of the General Municipal Law.