[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont 11-14-1977 by L.L. No. 27-1977 as Ch. 39 of the 1977 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is hereby directed and found that unsafe buildings or collapsed structures within the Village constitute a hazard to life and property and consequently should be subject to supervision and administrative control for the purpose of safeguarding the health, safety and general welfare of the people of the Village.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- UNSAFE BUILDING OR STRUCTURE
- A building or structure in a collapsed or dilapidated condition involving substantial structural weakness or involving substantial violations of applicable Building and Fire Codes so as to constitute a hazard to persons or property in the Village.
No person shall maintain or suffer to be maintained within the limits of the Village of Piermont any unsafe building or collapsed structure.
The Building Inspector of the Village of Piermont shall make inspections of all unsafe buildings and collapsed structures within the Village of Piermont. The Building Inspector shall report to the Board of Trustees all unsafe buildings and collapsed structures which from time to time may be found within the limits of the Village of Piermont. When it shall be reported to the Board that a building is in an unsafe or dangerous condition or that it is a collapsed structure, the Board shall request the Building Inspector to inspect the same and to report the findings to the Board of Trustees with all convenient speed.
When the Building Inspector has reported to the Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont that any unsafe building or collapsed structure is located within the Village of Piermont and has reported the condition of such building to the Board, the Board shall cause a notice to be served upon the owner of the same, or upon some one of the owner's executors, legal representatives, agents, lessees or any other person having a vested or contingent interest in the building, either personally or by certified 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 persons having a vested or contingent interest in the same, as shown by the records of the Village Clerk-Treasurer or the office of the County Clerk of the County of Rockland. Such notice shall contain a description of the premises, a statement of the particulars in which the building or structure is unsafe or dangerous and an order requesting the same to be made safe and secure or removed. In the event that service of such notice is made by certified mail, a copy of such notice shall be posted on the premises involved. Said notice shall also provide for the time within which the person served with said notice shall commence and complete the securing or removal of the building or structure. In the event of the neglect or refusal of the person so served with said notice to comply with same within the allotted time, the Village of Piermont shall have the right to make an application to any court of competent jurisdiction for an order determining the building or other structure to be a public nuisance and directing that it shall be repaired and secured or taken down and removed by the Village.
Every person served with any such notice as aforesaid shall commence the securing or removal of the building or structure involved and shall obtain the necessary permit therefor from the Building Inspector of the Village of Piermont.
All costs and expenses incurred by the Village in connection with any and all of the above proceedings to remove or secure, including the cost of actually removing the said building or structure or securing the same, shall be assessed against the land on which the building or structure is located.
If such owner or person served by mail, as hereinabove provided, shall fail to pay the costs and expenses incurred by the Village within 10 days after being notified of the costs thereof by certified mail, the Village Clerk shall file with the assessing authority of the Village immediately preceding the time for making the annual assessment roll, a certificate of such actual cost and expense with a statement as to the property upon which such cost and expense were incurred and the buildings or other obstructions removed, as the case may be. The Assessor, in the preparation of the next assessment roll of the general Village taxes, shall assess such amount upon such property, and the same shall be levied, collected and enforced in the same manner, by the same proceedings, at the same time, under the same penalties and having the same lien upon the property assessed as the general Village tax and as a part thereof.