[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of South Glens Falls 10-3-1984 by L.L. No. 8-1984. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Unsafe buildings — See Ch. 53.
Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code — See Ch. 69.
Littering — See Ch. 91.
Junked vehicles — See Ch. 143.
Editor's Note: This local law previously appeared as Ch. 70 of the 1977 Code of the Village of South Glens Falls.
The consolidated Board of Health of the Town of Moreau and the Village of South Glens Falls, in addition to any and all other powers delegated to said Board of Health by any other statutes or laws of the State of New York, is hereby authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter known as the "Sanitary Code of the Village of South Glens Falls."
Whenever any building or part thereof within the Village of South Glens Falls shall become insanitary or any dwelling shall become so insanitary as to be unfit for human habitation, or in the event that occupancy of a building or dwelling shall cause an insanitary condition thereon or adjacent to the premises thereof, and such condition shall be determined by the consolidated Board of Health by a finding of fact, after due notice to the owner or his agent and the occupant or lessee and a hearing thereon, to constitute a nuisance or condition detrimental to life and health, the consolidated Board of Health may issue an order requiring the owner or his agent and the occupant or lessee thereof to abate said nuisance or condition by placing said building or dwelling in a sanitary or habitable condition within a time of not less than 30 days, as specified in said order. Said order is to be served by personal service or by registered mail directed to the last known residence of said owner, or his agent, and the occupant or lessee. The time specified in the order shall run from the date of personal service of such order or receipt of same by registered mail by the owner or his agent and the occupant or lessee.
Upon failure of compliance with the aforementioned order, the consolidated Board of Health, in addition thereto, may issue a further order to be affixed conspicuously upon such building or dwelling and served upon the owner or his agent and the occupant or lessee thereof requiring all persons to vacate such building or dwelling and to discontinue its use within a period of not less than 10 days from the date of posting of said further order and the mailing of copies thereof to the owner or his agent and the occupant or lessee by registered mail at the last known addresses of such owner or his agent and the occupant or lessee. Until such time as the consolidated Board of Health shall find that such building or dwelling is in a sanitary or habitable condition and the nuisance abated and an order is issued to that effect, such building or dwelling shall not be occupied. The time for compliance with the further order shall commence to run from the time of personal service thereof upon the owner or his agent and the occupant or lessee or upon the receipt of such order by registered mail by such person.
The consolidated Board of Health is empowered to make inspections of the interior and exterior of all dwellings for possible cockroach and/or vermin infestation. Whenever the consolidated Board of Health or duly appointed health inspectors find that any dwelling constitutes a serious hazard to the health of the occupant or to the public because it is insanitary, cockroach- or vermin-infested, the consolidated Board of Health shall give written notice by personal service or by mail to the owner of said dwelling to abate such condition within five days by employment of a professional exterminator at the owner's expense to effectively eliminate said condition. In the event that such condition is not abated by the owner within that period, the consolidated Board of Health shall hire a professional exterminator to perform the services at the expense of the owner, and, upon failure of the owner to pay for such services, the cost shall become a lien on said property and be placed on the tax roll for collection.
Unsanitary conditions constituting health hazards shall include but not be limited to the following conditions existing at the time of inspection: unreasonable quantities of garbage stored inside and outside of a dwelling, human refuse and fecal matter in and around the dwelling, infestations of insects, cockroaches, flies, rats, mice and other vermin, inoperable plumbing fixtures and unreasonable amounts of trash of any sort which might cause an unhealthy condition or health hazard.
In emergency cases the consolidated Board of Health shall have authority to designate such dwelling unfit for human habitation, order the dwelling vacated and shall cause to be posted on the main entrance of any dwelling so closed a placard with the following words:"Use of this building for human habitation is prohibited and unlawful." If the owner fails to comply with an order issued by such health officer to bring the dwelling into compliance with the requirements of the health and sanitation code within a reasonable time, such health officer may order such dwelling to be removed or demolished, and the cost of such demolition shall be at the owner's expense and become a lien to be placed upon the tax roll against such property.
Any person committing an offense against this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not exceeding $250 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or to both such fine and imprisonment. A continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.
Should any section or portion of this chapter be in conflict with the laws of the State of New York applicable to the operation, registration, ownership or control of unlicensed motor vehicles, then, in that instance, said laws of the State of New York shall prevail.