Town of Pound Ridge, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Pound Ridge 2-14-1963. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 42.
This chapter shall be known and cited as the "Unsafe Building Ordinance."
Either upon his own motion or upon direction from a Town officer or upon the filing of a complaint, the Building Inspector is directed to investigate, inspect and report in regard to any building or buildings in the Town of Pound Ridge to determine whether the same is or are dangerous or unsafe to the public and to report his findings thereon to the Town Board and he is hereby designated and appointed the official to perform such function.
If the Town Board shall find from such report that there is ground to believe that such building or buildings is or are dangerous or unsafe to the public, the Town Board shall direct the Building Inspector to serve a notice on the owner of such building or buildings, or some one of the owner's executors, legal representatives, agents, lessees or any other person having a vested or contingent interest in the same, either personally or by registered mail addressed to the last known address, if any, of the owner or some one of the owner's executors, legal representatives, agents, lessees or other person having a vested or contingent interest in the same as shown by the records of the Receiver of Taxes and/or in the office of the County Clerk, Division of Land Records, and if such service be made by registered mail, a copy of such notice is to be posted on the premises. Said notice shall be substantially in the following form:
NOTICE TO OWNER
OF
UNSAFE BUILDING
  To _______________, owner of, or a person having an interest in the building or buildings, hereinafter mentioned.
  PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town Board of the Town of Pound Ridge, Westchester County, New York, has determined that the building or buildings hereinafter mentioned alleged to be owned by you is or are in a condition unsafe and dangerous to the public and has directed that you repair or remove the same as hereinafter stated and take further notice,
1.
That a description of the building or buildings to be found to be unsafe and dangerous is _____________________________
2.
That particulars in which said building or buildings is or are unsafe and dangerous are ____________________________
3.
Pursuant to the Unsafe Building Ordinance of the Town of Pound Ridge, you are hereby ordered and directed either to remove said building or put the same in a good state of repair; that you commence such removal or repair within five days after the service of this notice; and that you thereafter diligently continue with such removal or repair to the end that the same be completed within _______ days after the service of this notice.
4.
In the event of your neglect or refusal to comply with the foregoing, a survey of the premises shall be made by ________, and ________, respectively appointed as inspector and architect of the Town Board of the Town of Pound Ridge and by a practical builder, engineer or architect to be appointed by you and that in the event of your failure to appoint such person or in the event of failure of the person appointed by you to act, the survey shall be made by the persons first named: that the practical builder, engineer or architect to act for you shall be designated by you within _____ days after the receipt of this notice and you shall within such time notify the undersigned Building Inspector of the name of the person so appointed and he shall be expected at all times to cooperate with the inspector and architect named by the Town Board as aforesaid.
5.
The inspector and architect named as aforesaid and the builder, engineer and architect named by you, if named and acting, shall, upon completion of such survey, report in writing to the Building Inspector, and in the event that such building is reported unsafe and dangerous by such persons or a majority of them, an application will be made at a special term of the Supreme Court at a time and place later to be determined in the judicial district in which the property is located or at such adjourned date and place as may be set by the court, for an order determining that said building is a public nuisance and directing that it be repaired or secured or taken down or removed as the court may determine.
6.
That all costs and expense incurred by the Town in connection with the proceedings to remove or secure said building, including the compensation of the survey and the cost of repair or removal of said building or buildings, shall be assessed against the land on which the same stands.
  As to all of which you are given notice this ______ day of _____, 196___.
Building Inspector
TOWN OF POUND RIDGE
WESTCHESTER COUNTY,
NEW YORK
In the event of the neglect or refusal of the person served with the notice to comply with the same, a survey shall be made of the premises by an inspector and an architect to be appointed by the Town Board and a practical builder, engineer or architect to be appointed by the person notified as above, and in the event of the failure or refusal of the person so notified to appoint such a person to act in his behalf or in the event of the failure of the person appointed by him to act, the survey shall be made by the persons appointed as aforesaid by the Town Board: that the practical builder, engineer or architect to act for said person so notified shall be designed by the person so notified within 10 days after the expiration of the time given to complete said repairs or removal by the notice so served on him and such person so notified shall, within such time, notify the Building Inspector of the name of the person so designated and such person shall at all times be expected to cooperate with the inspector and architect named by the Town Board as aforesaid.
The survey aforesaid shall be completed and filed with the Building Inspector by the inspector and architect named by this Board and the party named by the person served with such notice within 10 days of the appointment of the final member of such Board of Survey or within 10 days of the expiration of the time to name a party to such Board by the person so served if the person so served fails to name such a party or the party so named fails to serve. In the event that such building or buildings are reported unsafe or dangerous by said Board of Survey or a majority of them, an application shall be made by the Building Inspector on behalf of the Town to the Supreme Court in the judicial district in which the property is located for an order determining that said building or buildings is or are a public nuisance and directing that it or they be repaired or secured or taken down or removed as the court may determine.
A report of the survey on said building or buildings signed by the persons making the report and setting forth in full their findings with respect to the building or buildings and the compensation of such surveyors shall be posted by the Building Inspector upon said building or buildings within five days after the filing of such report with the Building Inspector.
Notice of the application to the Supreme Court for an order determining that said building or buildings is or are a public nuisance shall be served upon the owner or upon such other party upon whom the first notice provided for in § 44-3 of this chapter was served, either personally or by registered mail as provided in said section and shall be so served within 15 days of the filing of the survey with the Building Inspector, and if such order is duly made, a certified copy thereof shall be served on the same party, either personally or by mall as provided in § 44-3 hereof.
All costs and expenses incurred by the Town in connection with the proceedings to remove or secure such building or buildings, including a reasonable compensation of the surveyors and the cost of repairing or removal shall be assessed upon the land upon which said building or buildings stand.