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All costs associated with securing the property will be at the property owner’s expense. If necessary, the Town will send a cleanup or violation correction notice to the property owner. The property owner has at least five days to respond. If the clean up notice is not responded to in a timely manner, The Town will schedule a cleanup and bill the property owner for the associated costs. If not paid promptly, charges (including late penalties) will appear on the property owner’s next tax bill.
If the house is in need of board up and/or demolition or other measure that actually requires a handling of the structure, the process is more complex. For those violations, a Town Board resolution is passed and a legal notice sent to the property owner. The property owner has 30 days to comply with requirements of the notice. If compliance is not made in this period the Town can take appropriate (i.e. board up or demolition) action against the property in violation. This process can take several months while utilites are contacted for service turnoffs and markouts for undergound utility lines, pipes etc. are prepared. In some cases, depending on the legal and safety issues associated with the particular situation, interim measures may be initiated. This requires definition and approval by the Town Board and Town Attorney. Escalation will occur on a case-by-case basis.
If the clean up notice is not responded to in a timely manner, the Town will schedule a clean up or arrange to remove it and bill the property owner of record. If not paid promptly, charges will show up on the property owner’s next tax bill.
DPW includes the following divisions:
Repairs to traffic control and street signs are typically completed in two days from the time of notification. Stop signs and those that are in a dangerous condition are considered priorities. The Division oversees approximately 6,000 signs. Common service requests include: downed signs; signs in need of repair; faded signs; twisted signs; and graffiti on signs.
The Division processes many kinds of service requests including: installing new streetlights in an existing community; installing streetlights in a new development or where road improvement projects have occurred; drawing “mark-outs” where work is to occur by outside or private contractors in order to prevent the damaging of wires or pipes that might be near or involve underground utilities. Often, underground utilities are hidden in areas where construction is proposed. The Division also regularly monitors for light outages.
When the south shore experiences heavy rain, flooding is expected to occur. As the rainwater floods the bays and canals, salt water floods over the bulkheads and causes additional flooding damage on roads and properties. In addition to flooding above ground, the salt water is pushed back into the drainage pipes underground, causing a surge within the pipes and overflow. All of this surge of water, both rain and salt water, adds to the contamination of the Great South Bay.
FEMA has designated most of the area as an AE6 Flood Zone, which means that anything less than six feet above sea level is prone to flooding. To find out if you live in a flood zone in Suffolk County, check out the online map at Suffolk County Flood Maps.
Raising the grade in an entire area is impossible for any village, town or county to accomplish for budgetary reasons, but homeowners and business owners are encouraged to make grade and drainage improvements on their own properties.
Flapper valves were installed on the water side of several drainage pipes only to have them seal up in the closed position with marine life causing flooding during normal rain events. These valves require a lot of maintenance and, since there are potentially thousands of locations that these can be installed, this is not a feasible solution.
At one time, duckbill valves were mounted on the outside of Town controlled bulkheads to prevent contaminations due to the backflow of water. A duckbill valve is generally made out of rubber and shaped like the beak of a duck. They are more costly than flapper valves and boats tended to break them off when docking. In addition, they also had a tendency to freeze in the winter, which makes them non-viable solutions.
In certain areas, the Town built catch basins that serve to hold stormwater in rain events. However, because of the high water table, the catch basins are often ½ full most of the time causing a mosquito problem (so they don't work in every area).
The Town is committed to developing new and affordable solutions for the flooding problems along the shore line and will work with the residents and businesses in those areas.
If the graffiti is on personal or private property, the service request gets forwarded to Code Enforcement for an inspection and determination of a violation. If in violation, the property owner is given a warning and 20 days to remove the graffiti. If no action is taken by the property owner, a summons is issued and the Town will prosecute this violation to the fullest extent of the law.
The complaint can involve private, town, or other public agency-owned property. If the complaint involves town property, it will usually be cleaned up within a week of notification. If the complaint involves private property where there is debris or other material left on the curbside, the Town will attempt to contact the property owner to remove it immediately. If not taken care of, the Town will schedule a cleanup by Town staff and bill the property owner for the expenses.
The purpose of the program is to educate property owners as to the requirements of specific property responsibilities, not to issue summonses. The first effort is always to obtain code compliance.
Once a request is received, it is forwarded to Code Enforcement or the Office of Sanitation for investigation. If in violation, a Notice of Violation is placed on the door of the home, or if there is nowhere to leave the notice (such as with vacant property), it is mailed, registered mail, to the owner of the property. The property owner has a period of 5 days to cure the situation. A reinspection will be conducted just beyond the 5 day cure period. If the violation is not corrected, the Town will clean the property and bill the cost of this work to the property owner and if not paid will be transferred to the property’s tax bill. This is a legally binding lien (debt that stays with the property until paid).
Suffolk County is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all County properties. Constituents are encouraged to call (631) 853-5907 about neglected county lots.
The ultimate goal is to address all Town sumps by selecting them randomly in areas throughout the Town. Improvements include clean-ups, plantings and privacy fence treatments.
Sumps owned by the State, County or surrounding villages, are not part of the Town's Sump Beautification Program.
Many sumps are owned and maintained by other agencies including the State, County and Villages.
All disputes must be received within 60 days of the date of the initial bill. If a request for a hearing is not accomplished in this timeframe, the property owner loses the right to appeal or dispute a violation. The dispute is then scheduled for the next available Sanitation Commission meeting; attendance is mandatory. Hearing adjournments are rarely granted, unless a hardship is demonstrated. The purpose of presenting a dispute at the Sanitation Commission hearing is for the property owner to present their case and the reasons why the bill is in error. A decision will be rendered within 10 days and the owner notified by mail. Property owners have a one-time option of appealing a decision.
Highway Engineers determine which treatment to apply based on a survey of the condition of the pavement. The Town tries to micropave a roadway before overlay is necessary and tries to overlay before reconstruction is necessary. This is done to save taxpayer money. Reconstruction is approximately 30 times more expensive than micro-paving. With more than 535 miles of Town roads to maintain, it is critical to apply the right treatment at the right time, to each roadway, in order to keep taxes as low as possible.
The first step is to remove any obstacles to reconstruction including sidewalks, curbing, driveway aprons, telephone poles, and, in some cases, trees. During the reconstruction process, we may, unfortunately, be forced to remove some healthy trees. The Town of Babylon is very dedicated to the preservation of trees and will only remove a tree as a last resort. Trees will be removed for the following reasons:
Following this, the road itself is pulverized and recycled on site. The existing road is regraded and used as the sub-base for the new road. After regrading occurs, the road cannot be paved until the moisture levels drop below 2%. This usually takes 3 or 4 days.
The next step is to pave the road. The final step in the reconstruction process is the restoration work. This is another time-consuming phase as sidewalks, curbs and other items removed must be restored.
Although it is a long process, you will have access to your road throughout the entire reconstruction process, with limited exceptions. The end result of this work will be a brand new road for you and your neighbors.
Please do not leave any vehicles parked in the roadway during working hours. If possible, park on the nearest cross street not under improvement, a minimum of 100 feet from the corner. Please adjust your plans for deliveries and other daily functions. During non-working hours, you will have unlimited access to your street. Pre-construction photos have been taken of your driveways and Town right-of ways (shoulder areas) to assist the contractor in the restoration phase of the project. Please contact the Office of Citizen Services at (631) 957-TOWN (8696) to answer any inquiries you may have.
Your road has been selected for reconstruction due to the overall condition of the road as well as to upgrade the drainage system. Please be aware that the entire reconstruction process may take approximately two months, weather permitting, to complete. Although it is a long process, you will have access to your road throughout the entire reconstruction process, with limited exceptions. The end result of this work will be a brand new road for you and your neighbors.
The permit notes and acknowledges the agency's responsibility to conduct the construction work in accordance with the State and Federal requirements as called for in Town Code. Markouts are required for any work more than one foot below the surface. The Town does not inspect the work but does hold security in the form of a bond or cash for a period of two (2) years. This is only released upon inspection that the work has stood the test of two (2) years time.
If an agency works on a road located within the Town, but not owned by the Town (State or County roads) there is no requirement for a permit.
The Highway Division would confer with the Town Board if such a road would benefit a majority of Town residents. The Town Board, on its own motion, may adopt a resolution to accept such a road. It is also up to the Board to NOT have the expense of making such a public Town road be borne by ALL residents of the Town, but only by the property owners adjoining the proposed new Town road. In that case, the Town Board would respectfully decline the proposal.
By law, owners of real estate fronting on a private road may petition the Town Board to make necessary improvements to qualify the road to be accepted as town highway. If after a public hearing the Town Board agrees, then all costs for the improvement must be borne by the property owners on the basis of the benefit to their property.
Circled numbers on the Trash and Recycling Calendar correspond to Sweep Zones in the program. If a sweep day is missed for any reason, the makeup day is usually the Friday of that week.
There are two scheduled street sweeps for the Spring season, usually the first in April and the second in May.
All calls regarding damaged trees should be directed to Citizen Services, (631) 957-TOWN (8696). The Town's Department of Public Works will determine if it is a removal, trim, or if no action is needed.
In the event that the snow or ice on the sidewalk is frozen and unable to be removed, the person in charge of that property shall place either ashes, sand, sawdust or similar-like material on the frozen sidewalk. Furthermore, as soon as the weather permits, that said owner shall thoroughly clean the sidewalk of that additional debris.
The owner or person responsible for the sidewalk is also liable for any personal injury and property damage as a result of the failure to remove any snow, ice, dirt or any other object/material from the sidewalk.
In the event that the snow or ice on the sidewalk is frozen and can't be removed, the person in charge of that property shall place either ashes, sand, sawdust or similar-like material on the frozen sidewalk. Furthermore, as soon as the weather permits, the owner should thoroughly clean the sidewalk of that additional debris.
The person responsible for the sidewalk is also liable for any personal injury and property damage as a result of the failure to remove any snow, ice, dirt or any object from the sidewalk.
The Committee will then, if warranted, submit the application to Traffic Engineering. Traffic Engineering will then do a site study and make a recommendation on the request. This may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. The Traffic Safety Committee will make a decision based on a review of the original request application and the engineering site study.
The recommendation then goes to the Town Board and a hearing is scheduled. Once the hearing is held the Town will consider a resolution at the next Town Board meeting to finalize the process and effectuate the change.
This entire process may take several months before a final decision is rendered.
In other cases, the Town will alert other government agencies if it receives a request regarding a sign that is not in its jurisdiction of responsibility.
Reports of damaged or missing traffic signs are then sent to the Traffic Safety Division, (631) 957-3106 or the Traffic Sign Shop, (631) 957-3104. Reports should include the location of the missing or damaged sign such as the address and the cross street name and/or intersection. The Town is responsible for responding to such reports within two hours of receipt and then correcting the situation within 72 hours.
We encourage all residents who have lost a tree and want another one to apply for the Town's Tree Planting Program by filling out a Tree Replacement Application. You can obtain an application by contacting the Department of Environmental Control at (631) 422-7640 ext. 7645.
Trees of the following varieties should be planted:
During a storm/emergency response situation, LIPA will remove/trim the necessary portions of trees in order to conduct the associated LIPA work. These trees will be cut/trimmed and, depending on the location of the tree (rear yard or front yard), neatly stacked in a logistically appropriate area of the customer’s premises. It is the responsibility of either the homeowner or the municipality (Town or Village) in which they live to remove the tree debris.
If an electrical line is down, stay away and contact LIPA at 1-800-490 0075 or visit the LIPA website.
For specific questions you can contact your local Suffolk County Legislator:
For specific questions on location responsibilities, call the Department of Public Works or Citizen Services at (631) 957-TOWN (8696).