September 17, 2013

North Hudson cracks down on unsafe buildings


---- — NORTH HUDSON — Unsafe structures are the subject of a new local law passed by the North Hudson Town Council.

The council approved the legislation unanimously then ordered three abandoned structures demolished, according to town minutes.

North Hudson Supervisor Ron Moore said the law allows the Town Council by resolution to order repair or demolition and removal of buildings found to be dangerous and unsafe to the public.

He said hearings will be held for the owners or their representatives to appear and state their cases as to why the law should not be applied. 

After a hearing, the Town Council can determine that the original order remains in full effect or it may amend or rescind the order. 

The three vacant buildings found to be unfit for human occupancy and ordered repaired or demolished and removed are at 2997 U.S. Route 9, 5 Lazy St. and 380 Frontier Town Rd.

Costs associated with demolition would be placed on the property taxes for the parcels. The law also provides for fines of not less than $100 nor more than $250 for each violation, and for continued violations, $100 a day or imprisonment for no more than 15 days, or both.

The town code enforcement officer or health officer makes the determination, subject to Town Council oversight.

In other business, the council:

Vandalism: Reported vandalism at the Town Park and Beach to State Police. Fences, doors and latticework were damaged.

Courthouse lot: Ordered the parking lot blacktopped at the Town Courthouse on Route 9.

Code officer hours: Allowed the town code enforcement officer to change his hours to 8 a.m. to noon Thursdays at the Town Hall. He had held hours on Tuesdays.

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