[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of DeWitt 12-10-2007 by L.L. No. 6-2007. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Littering — See Ch. 118.
Solid waste — See Ch. 158.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 161.
Editor's Note: This local law also repealed former Ch. 67, Brush, Grass and Weeds, adopted 4-10-1972.
For the purpose of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
- One or more natural persons, corporations, partnerships, associations, joint-stock companies, societies and all other entities of any kind.
It shall be unlawful for any person having control or ownership or any type of tenancy of any parcel of land located in the Town of DeWitt, New York, to permit or maintain on such land or portion thereof any growth of weeds, grass or other rank vegetation to a greater height than 12 inches on the average or any accumulation of dead weeds, grass or brush.
It shall be the duty of every owner, occupant, tenant or person in control of such aforesaid land or any portion thereof in the Town of DeWitt, New York, to cut and remove or cause to be cut and removed from said property all weeds, grass or other rank, poisonous or noxious vegetation as often as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of § 67-2 above.
Ten days after the mailing of a notice by certified mail to the last known address of the property owner, the Town Superintendent of Highways shall make an inspection, and if such inspection discloses that the owner or occupant has not complied with said notice, then the Superintendent shall cause weeds, grass and other vegetation on such lands or portions thereof to be cut and removed, together with the removal of any trash or materials that would otherwise prohibit cleaning of the entire property . If the topography of said land is such as to make it impossible or impractical to use machinery in the clearing and cutting, the Superintendent shall first grade the land in order that the cutting and removal may be done by machinery. The actual cost of such cutting and removal, and grading, if necessary, plus a twenty-percent fee for inspection and administrative overhead therewith, shall be certified by the Superintendent of Highways to the Town Clerk and 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 a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lot or land and shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes and shall be collected and enforced by the same officer and in the same manner as taxes levied and assessed against such property.
On any lot of more than one acre, cutting and removal of brush, grass or weeds greater than 12 inches tall shall be required for an area 30 feet in depth measured along all property lines that abut a public right-of-way and any abutting parcel that is developed or inhabited.
Any person who shall neglect to cut and remove weeds, grass or other vegetation, as directed in this chapter, or who shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with the provisions of any notices herein provided or who shall resist or obstruct the Superintendent of Highways or his employees in the cutting and removing of weeds, grass and other vegetation, or grading if necessary, shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $200, and each day on which such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.