Borough of Chambersburg, PA
Franklin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Town Council of the Borough of Chambersburg 2-11-1976 by Ord. No. 76-34. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Health and sanitation — See Ch. 168.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 221.
Solid waste — See Ch. 248.

§ 109-1 Declaration of nuisance.

[Amended 8-23-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-11]
No person, firm or corporation owning or occupying any property within the Borough of Chambersburg shall permit or cause the following to occur:
A. 
Any grass or weeds, or any vegetation whatsoever (not edible or planted for some useful or ornamental purpose), to grow or remain upon such premises, or upon the grass plot along the street or sidewalk abutting such premises, so as to exceed a height of 10 inches, or to throw off any unpleasant or noxious odor, or to conceal any filthy deposit, or to create or produce pollen or seed.
B. 
Any grass clippings, tree trimmings, hedge clippings or tree leaves, hereinafter referred to as "yard waste," to be placed into a public street or alley along the curbline in such a manner that the yard waste covers or could cover or enter the stormwater drainage system of the Borough of Chambersburg. Tree leaves may be placed in the street between October 1 and December 31.
C. 
Dumping or hosing debris into the storm drain system.
D. 
Any violation of any provisions of this section is hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to the health, safety, cleanliness, comfort and welfare of the inhabitants of the Borough.

§ 109-2 Responsibility for removal, trimming or cutting.

The owner of any premises, as to vacant premises or premises occupied by the owner, and the occupant thereof, in case of premises occupied by other than the owner thereof, shall remove, trim or cut all grass, weeds or other vegetation growing or remaining upon such premises in violation of the provisions of § 109-1.

§ 109-3 Notice of violation; removal by Borough; recovery of costs.

The Town Council, or the Board of Health, or any officer or employee of the Borough designated for the purpose, is hereby authorized to give notice, by personal service or by mail, to the owner or occupant, as the case may be, of any premises whereon grass, weeds or other vegetation is growing or remaining in violation of the provisions of § 109-1, directing and requiring such owner or occupant to remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or vegetation so as to conform to the requirements of this chapter within five days after issuance of such notice. In case any person, firm or corporation shall neglect, fail or refuse to comply with such notice within the period of time stated therein, the Borough authorities or the Board of Health shall have the authority to remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or vegetation, and the cost thereof, together with 10% additional, may be collected from such person, firm or corporation in the manner provided by law.

§ 109-4 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate, fail, neglect or refuse to comply with the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $50 and costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than five days, provided that each day's violation shall constitute a separate offense, and notice to the offender shall not be necessary in order to constitute an offense.