Chapter 85, BRUSH, GRASS AND WEEDS [HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Geddes 7-15-1986 by L.L. No. 1-1986 (Ch. 23 of the 1974 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 85-1. Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated: PERSON — Includes one or more natural persons, corporations, partnerships, associations, joint-stock companies, societies and all other entities of any kind.

§ 85-2. Excessive growth prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person having control or ownership of any type of tenancy of occupied or unoccupied land or any part thereof in the Town of Geddes, New York, to permit or maintain on any such land or portion thereof or along the street, road, sidewalk or alley adjacent to the land or portion thereof between the property line and the pavement of the road or middle of an alley any growth of weeds, grass or other rank vegetation to a greater height than 12 inches on the average or any accumulation of dead weeds, grass or brush.

§ 85-3. Duty of owner or occupant. It shall be the duty of every owner, occupant, tenant or person in control of land or any portion thereof in the Town of Geddes, New York, to cut and remove or cause to be cut or removed from said property all weeds, grass or other rank, poisonous or noxious vegetation as often as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of 85-2.

§ 85-4. Inspection; removal by town. Within 15 days after the certified mailing of written notice, the Town Code Enforcement Officer shall make an inspection and shall cause weeds, grass and other vegetation on such lands or portion thereof to be cut and removed. The actual cost of cutting and removal, plus a twenty-percent fee for inspection and administrative overhead therewith, shall be certified by the Town Code Enforcement Officer to the Town Clerk and shall thereupon become and be a lien upon the property on which said weeds, grass and other vegetation were located and shall be added to and become and form a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lot or land and shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes and shall be collected and enforced by the same officer and in the same manner as taxes levied and assessed against such property.

§ 85-5. Exceptions.EN The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to land being used for agrarian purposes.

§ 85-6. Penalties for offenses.EN Any such person who shall neglect to cut and remove weeds, grass or other vegetation as directed in this chapter or who shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with the provisions of any notice herein provided or who shall resist or obstruct the removing of weeds, grass and other vegetation shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not less than $250, imprisonment for not to exceed 15 days, or both, and each day on which such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.