Village of Lake George, NY
Warren County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lake George 1-10-1983 by L.L. No. 1-1983. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, weeds and debris — See Ch. 74.
Food- and drink-handling establishments — See Ch. 118.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 186.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 220, Art. XIX.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
GARBAGE
Organic waste of meat, bones, fish, fruit, vegetables or any animal or vegetable matter, including cans or containers and packages that have contained food materials.
[Amended 9-21-1998 by L.L. No. 9-1998]
LITTERING
The throwing or depositing on any public or private lands of any refuse, trash, garbage, rubbish, paper or other offensive materials.
PERMISSIBLE BURNING ITEMS
Cardboard, wood, tree branches or clippings.
REFUSE
Inorganic waste such as bottles, glass, crockery, metals or other noncombustible matter, including grass clippings and leaves.
RUBBISH
Paper, wood, leather, cloth, plastic or other combustible matter.
YARD WASTE
Grass clippings, leaves, cuttings and other debris from shrubs, hedges, tree branches less than three inches in diameter and four feet in length, and other vegetation. "Yard waste" shall not be construed to include garbage, recyclable material, construction and demolition debris, or sod or soil.
[Added 9-21-1998 by L.L. No. 9-1998]
It shall be unlawful for any person to litter or to dump, deposit or permit to be deposited upon any public or private property or upon any street, sidewalk, park or other public place in the Village of Lake George any garbage, rubbish or other objectionable waste, except as hereinafter provided.
No person or persons shall dump or deposit any garbage, rubbish or other objectionable waste elsewhere than at the municipal landfill site operated by the Town of Lake George.
[Amended 5-18-1992 by L.L. No. 4-1992; 9-21-1998 by L.L. No. 9-1998; 7-16-2001 by L.L. No. 6-2001]
A. 
Grass, leaves and other yard waste shall be placed in biodegradable paper bags approved for such use by the Village of Lake George. Such bags shall be placed at curbside during any appropriate days, except as otherwise noted: during annual designated cleanup days, at which time yard waste and wood branches no longer than three feet in length and one inch in diameter may be placed in bulk at curbside for pickup.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person other than authorized Village employees to disturb, remove or willfully and maliciously tip over and spill the contents of plastic bags, paper bags or waste receptacles.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to place any container holding any refuse, waste or garbage on the public right-of-way beyond the curbline of any street within the limits of the Village of Lake George except as specified in § 137-8.
[Added 11-20-2017 by L.L. No. 13-2017]
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit the dumping of dirt, sand, gravel, ashes, stones, slate, blacktop or other suitable fill material, provided that permission has been obtained from the Director of Public Works, who shall designate the disposal location.
A. 
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit the dumping of dirt, sand, gravel, ashes, stones, slate, blacktop or other suitable fill materials to be disposed of in places at the request of the owner or owners thereof.
B. 
It shall be unlawful to dispose of any organic materials, paper or paper by-products, plastic, wood, rubber tires or branches on private property.
C. 
Such private disposal must be properly leveled within seven days of the disposal date, and the owner or owners shall not permit same to become a nuisance or annoyance to adjoining owner or owners.
A. 
No mixed refuse, garbage, rubbish, bottles, cans, paper, slops, swill or accumulations of any substance, liquid or solid, or anything that is or may become a breeding place for flies or mosquitoes or that may in any way become a nuisance or that may be or become detrimental to health shall be thrown or deposited in any yard, garden or within or upon any structure within the limits of the Village of Lake George unless same is contained in a proper receptacle.
B. 
No garbage or refuse of any kind which is or may become a breeding place for flies or mosquitoes or which may become a nuisance or detrimental to health shall be allowed to accumulate for a period of more than seven days in or upon any structure or on any property, public or private, within the Village.
C. 
Where containers are stored within 25 feet of the public right-of-way, they shall be suitably fenced from public view or enclosed.
[Added 6-15-2009 by L.L. No. 5-2009]
[Amended 5-18-1992 by L.L. No. 4-1992]
At least once in each calendar year, the Village may designate a cleanup week and give notice thereof in the official newspaper to residents of the Village. At the time specified in said notice, it shall be the owner's or occupant's responsibility, as the case may be, to place acceptable items between the sidewalk and curb or in the front yard of the premises from which garbage, refuse and rubbish is being collected. Such acceptable items shall be neatly piled or stacked. Between the time when the owner or occupant places the acceptable items for collection and the actual collection, said owner shall be charged with the responsibility of discouraging scavenger operations of said volume to be collected.
A. 
All establishments selling food and/or drinks for consumption on or off the premises shall provide the following minimum facilities for storage of waste material:
(1) 
All organic waste shall be placed in waterproof containers and shall be covered at all times, except when inserting and dumping refuse.
(2) 
Such containers shall be kept and maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and in good repair with operating lids.
(3) 
Only bulk refuse, inorganic material and other items that cannot be placed in the container may be stored outside. These items must be stacked or stored within a screened enclosure and must be secure from wind, rain and other deteriorating elements.
B. 
No refuse is to remain in any container for a period of longer than five days.
C. 
Where containers are stored within 15 feet of a public right-of-way, they shall be suitably screened from public view or enclosed.
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Editor's Note: See also Ch. 118, Food- and Drink-Handling Establishments.
The Village shall have the right to order removal of offensive rubbish, garbage or debris stored or existing in violation of this chapter from the private property and to charge the property owner the costs for such removal upon the following:
A. 
Inspection report of the Building Inspector, in writing, noting violations.
B. 
Notification of the property owner, in writing, with three days' notice to correct violation of this chapter.
[Added 5-18-1992 by L.L. No. 4-1992[1]]
No garbage or refuse of any kind incidental to the operation of any residence or commercial establishment may be deposited in any trash receptacle placed upon the public street by the Village of Lake George.
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Editor's Note: This local law also provided for the renumbering of former § 137-11, Penalties for offenses, as § 137-12.
[Amended 5-18-1992 by L.L. No. 4-1992 ; 9-21-1998 by L.L. No. 9-1998]
Each violation of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500.