Surface and subsurface water shall be appropriately drained to protect buildings and structures and to prevent ponding.
Fences, walls, and other minor constructions shall be maintained in safe, good, and substantial condition.
Steps, walks, driveways, parking spaces, and similar paved areas shall be maintained to afford safe and convenient passage.
Yards, courts, and vacant lots shall be kept clean and free of hazards.
Ground cover shall be properly established to prevent undue soil erosion due to the elements.
Heavy undergrowth and accumulations of plant growth which are noxious or detrimental to health or safety shall be eliminated.
Open fires shall not be permitted, unless authorized and approved pursuant to local law and in conformity with state air pollution control regulations.
Exterior surfaces shall be maintained in good condition. Surfaces not inherently resistant to deterioration shall be treated with a protective coating of paint or other suitable preservative.
Floors, walls, including windows and doors, ceilings, and other interior surfaces shall be maintained in good, clean, and sanitary condition. Peeling paint, cracked or loose plaster, decayed wood, and other defective surface conditions shall be eliminated.
Paint containing more than 1/2 of 1% of metallic lead, based on the total nonvolatile content of the paint, shall not be used to paint any interior wall, ceiling, window, door, or other interior surface. Where such paint on interior surfaces is peeling or otherwise presents a health hazard, it shall be promptly removed and the surface safely and appropriately refinished or resurfaced. Walls and all interior surfaces shall be treated with a protective coat of paint or other suitable covering or preservative and maintained in such a manner that the appearance is attractive and not shabby.
Grounds, buildings, and structures shall be maintained free of insect, vermin, and rodent harborage and infestation.
Where rodent infestation exists, windows and other openings in basements and cellars shall be screened to prevent entrance of rodents.
From May 1 to October 1, entrances to residential buildings and structures shall be provided with self-closing doors, devices, or screens, and windows and other openings used for ventilation shall be appropriately screened, except that screens shall not be required in the upper stories of multiple dwellings which are free of mosquitoes, flies, and other flying insects.
Adequate sanitary facilities and methods shall be used for the collection, storage, handling, and disposal of garbage and refuse. Storage containers shall be of an approved flame-resistant waterproof type.
The accumulation or storage of garbage or refuse in public halls or stairways shall be prohibited.
[Amended 1-21-1999 by Ord. No. 1-1999]
Refrigerators, and similar equipment with locking mechanisms, shall not be discarded, abandoned, or stored on premises accessible to children without first removing the locking devices or the hinges of the doors.
Equipment and materials shall not be stored in open areas of premises.
It shall be unlawful to park, store or leave in the open or to abandon a junk vehicle upon private property except as permitted pursuant to General Municipal Law § 136, unless the same is necessary for the operation of a business enterprise lawfully upon said premises.
The Building Inspector and/or designee or any police officer may serve written ten-day notice upon the owner of such private property to remove or shelter such junk vehicle in a fully enclosed building. Such ten-day notice shall be served personally on such property owner or, if the owner cannot be found, by sending a certified letter to the owner of record of the real property as designated upon the assessment rolls of the City. A single notice shall be sufficient for any number of such vehicles on one parcel of property. In addition thereto, a notice shall be posted conspicuously on each junk vehicle on such property.
Upon expiration of a ten-day time period after notice, the Building Inspector and/or designee or any police officer shall cause such junk vehicle to be removed to such area as may be designated for storage and there held for a period of 10 days. Within such ten-day time period, the owner and/or agent may claim such junk vehicle upon payment of the towing or removal charges therefor. Such owner and/or agent shall immediately remove such junk vehicle at his own expense to a fully enclosed storage area. Upon the expiration of such ten-day time period, no claim having been made, ownership of said junk vehicle shall be deemed to be forfeited and such vehicle may be disposed of by the City in accordance with the procedures set forth in Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1224.
Nothing in this section shall prohibit an owner who occupies the property from retaining one unlicensed vehicle, provided that the vehicle is able to be moved under its own power and is in a condition which would render it roadworthy under the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Domestic animals and pets shall be kept in an appropriate manner, so as not to constitute a hazard or nuisance, and under control.
Purpose. It is the purpose of this section to encourage energy efficiency and conservation in the City of Auburn. The City finds that this enactment will encourage the conservation of a finite public resource; the quality of life for all residents by generating more affordable housing, more comfortable dwellings and a cleaner environment; and landlords to make energy improvements for utility-paying tenants and will reduce the flow of energy dollars out of the local economy.
Compliance. No certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance shall be issued for any dwelling unit six months after the effective date of this section unless there is full compliance with this section.
All dwelling units shall have two of the following:
Attic or roof insulation with a minimum R value of R-30;
Permanently or seasonally mounted storm windows, as a second covering, on all exterior primary windows of habitable spaces from November 1 to April 1 of each heating season. Windows with two or more layers of glazing are acceptable. Other acceptable alternatives are interior treatments, including polyethylene or acrylic systems. The use of LexanTM for storm windows is unacceptable; or
Heating system(s) with a verified minimum annualized fuel use efficiency (AFUE) of 65% or combustion efficiency of 75% as verified within the preceding two years. This alternative does not apply to any dwelling unit whose primary heating system is electrical; such units shall meet the requirement of Subsection C(1)(a) and (b) above.
Actions to meet the foregoing requirements must be consistent with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
Verification. Evidence of storm windows can be verified by visible inspection by the Housing Code Inspector or the owner's affidavit of compliance with this section. Other items can be verified by the public utility serving the City, or comparable audit report on building or dwelling unit, or receipts for completed tests, work or materials. In the absence of the foregoing verifications provided to the Housing Code Inspector, dwelling units will be assumed to be not in compliance.
Failure to comply; effect. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, failure to comply with this section shall be punishable only by the nonissuance of a certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance for the dwelling unit. This provision shall not remove or diminish any requirement for obtaining a certificate of occupancy or certificate of compliance or any penalty which can be imposed for failing to obtain a certificate of occupancy or a certificate of compliance.
Energy audit. The public utility serving this City or a similarly qualified agency shall, within six months after the effective date of this section, make an energy audit of all buildings subject to this chapter, and a copy of the same shall be filed forthwith with the Housing Code Inspector.