Township of Upper Gwynedd, PA
Montgomery County
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[Adopted 12-27-1983 as Ord. No. 83-25]

§ 127-1 Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
NUISANCE
That which is set up, maintained or continued so as to be injurious to health or that which is an obstruction to the use of property by interfering with the health, safety, comfort or repose of the public.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, association or corporation, as well as all officers, agents, servants, employees or others acting for any of the same, and shall be taken as applying in the singular or plural as the case may require.

§ 127-2 Creation or maintenance of public nuisance.

Any person who creates, continues or maintains any public nuisance within the township shall be deemed guilty of a violation of this Article and shall be liable for the expense and abatement and remedy thereof as well as such fines and penalties as may be imposed.

§ 127-3 Declaration of nuisances.

Without in any manner intending to limit or restrict the generality of the above definition of and prohibition against a nuisance, the following are hereby declared to constitute nuisances:
A. 
Dumping. It shall be unlawful to throw, deposit or dump any paper, building material, construction material, trash, rubbish, ashes, junk, waste or discarded materials of any kind on any street, highway or any public place or on any private property within the limit of the Township of Upper Gwynedd.
[Amended 4-22-1985 by Ord. No. 85-6]
B. 
Lot maintenance. It shall be unlawful for any owner or occupant upon any property within the Township of Upper Gwynedd to permit or suffer the accumulation thereon of any water that stagnates, paper, trash, rubbish, ashes, junk, waste or discarded materials of any kind.

§ 127-4 Notice of violation; time limit for remedial action.

A. 
The violation of any of the foregoing sections shall be deemed to be and constitute a nuisance.
B. 
Whenever it is found that any person maintains such nuisance or nuisances, as prohibited in § 127-3 of this Article, within the township, the township shall serve notice upon the person maintaining such nuisance. The notice shall sufficiently describe the condition complained of and shall require the nuisance to be made safe or corrected or to be removed within 10 days of the mailing of the notice.

§ 127-5 Township action upon failure to remedy.

In the event that such person should fail, neglect or refuse to make such conditions safe or to correct or remove such conditions to the satisfaction of the township, then the township may abate or cause to be abated said nuisance, and the expense of such abatement shall be paid by the responsible person.

§ 127-6 Reimbursement of township expenses.

All costs and expenses incurred by the township in the abatement of such condition shall be a lien upon the premises, and whenever a bill therefor remains unpaid for a period of 60 days after it has been rendered, the Township Solicitor shall file a municipal claim or an action of assumpsit for such cost and expenses, together with a penalty of 10%, in the manner provided by law for the collection of municipal claims.

§ 127-7 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any person or persons, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this Article, upon conviction thereof, shall be liable to pay a fine or penalty not to exceed $1,000 for each and every offense. All fines and penalties imposed by this section are recoverable by summary proceedings before the District Justice, and all suits or actions at law instituted for the recovery thereof are to be in the name and for the use of Upper Gwynedd Township, against which the offenses are committed. In default of payment of any fine or penalty imposed by any District Justice under the provisions of this Article, the person or persons so offending may be committed to the Montgomery County Prison for a period not exceeding 30 days.
[Amended 11-23-1992 by Ord. No. 92-15]
B. 
Each day a violation is committed shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder.
C. 
This section shall not preclude the township from any other remedy it may have at law or equity.