Local Law #1 2017 Notice of Highway Defects
Local Law No. 1 of the Year 2017
A local law providing for written notification of defects and obstructions on town highways, bridges, streets, sidewalks, crosswalks, and culverts in the Town of Franklin.
Be it enacted by the Town Board of the Town of Franklin.
Section 1. No civil action shall be maintained against the Town or Town Superintendent of Highways for damages or injuries to person or property sustained by reason of any highway, bridge, street, sidewalk, crosswalk, or culvert being defective, out of repair, unsafe, dangerous, or obstructed unless written notice of such defective, unsafe, dangerous, or obstructed condition of such highway, bridge, street, sidewalk, crosswalk, or culvert was actually given to the Town Clerk or Town Superintendent of Highways, and there was a failure or neglect within a reasonable time after giving such notice to repair or remove the defect, danger or obstruction complained of.
No such action shall be maintained for damages or injuries to person or property sustained solely in consequence of the existence of snow or ice upon any highway, bridge, street, sidewalk, crosswalk, or culvert, unless written notice thereof, specifying the particular place, was actually given via US Postal Mail or in person to the Town Clerk or Town Superintendent of Highways and there was failure or neglect to cause such snow or ice to be removed, or to make the place otherwise reasonable safe within a reasonable time after the receipt of such notice.
Section 2. The Town Superintendent of Highways shall transmit in writing to the Town Clerk within five days after the receipt thereof all written notices pursuant to the local law and subdivision 2 of section 65-a of the Town Law. The Town Clerk shall cause all written notices received pursuant to this local law and subdivisions 2 of section 65-a of the Town Law, to be presented to the Town Board within five days of the receipt thereof or at the next succeeding Town Board meeting, whichever shall be sooner.
Section 3. This local law shall supersede in its application to the Town of Franklin subdivisions 1 and 3 of section 65-a, of the Town Law.
Section 4. This local law shall take effect immediately upon its filing in the office of the Secretary of State.