Portland code enforcement officer to review properties

The town of Portland is announcing the code enforcement and zoning officer will be reviewing properties within the town that have unlicensed and/or inoperable vehicles, rubbish, garbage or unsafe structures on the properties.

The town hopes voluntary compliance to the below mentioned sections of town zoning ordinance and New York state code will help ensure a safer, more attractive environment throughout the town of Portland.

The town zoning ordinance, section 814 amended on Jan. 4, 2003, and New York State Property Maintenance Code states that, except as provided for in statute or other regulations, two or more inoperative or unlicensed vehicles shall not be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and no vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair or in the process of being stripped or dismantled.

Painting, bodywork or a major overhaul of a vehicle is permitted provided that such work is performed inside a structure or similarly enclosed area designed and approved for such purposes.

The code also states the exterior of a structure shall be maintained in good repair, structurally sound and sanitary so as not to pose a threat to the public health, safety and welfare. All exterior property and premises and the interior of every structure shall be free from any accumulations of rubbish and garbage.

Vacant structures shall be maintained in a safe, secure and sanitary condition and accessory structures including detached garages, fences and walls shall be maintained structurally sound and in good repair.