[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Franklin (now Council of the Municipality of Murrysville) 2-14-1967 by Ord. No. 21-67. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Whenever it shall be reported to the Chief of Police of the Municipality of Murrysville or whenever he or any member of the Council shall become advised upon information received or otherwise that any structure, completed or in process of construction, or any portion thereof, is in a dangerous condition, the Chief of Police or the Building Inspector shall immediately cause an investigation and examination to be made of such structure. If such investigation or examination indicates such structure to be dangerous or hazardous to health or safety in any respect, the Chief of Police or Building Inspector shall report, in writing, to the Council, specifying the exact condition of such structure, setting forth in such report whether and in what respect he considers such structure to be dangerous or hazardous and, if so, whether such structure is capable of being properly repaired or whether it should be razed or removed as a dangerous structure.
If any structure is reported by the Chief of Police or Building Inspector to the Council as provided in the first section of this chapter to be in a dangerous condition, the Chief Administrator or the Municipal Solicitor, upon request of the Chief Administrator, shall forthwith cause written notice to be served upon the owner of such structure. Such notice shall require the owner of such structure to commence the repair, razing or removal of such building within 30 days of such notice and to complete such repair or removal within 90 days thereof; provided, however, that in any case where the notice prescribes the repair of any structure, the owner thereof shall have the option to raze or remove such structure instead of making the repairs thereto, within said time limit.
The notice required by § 87-2 of this chapter shall be served personally upon the owner of a structure, if such owner resides in the Municipality, or upon the agent of such owner, if such agent has a residence or place of business within the Municipality. If neither the owner nor the agent thereof can be served within the Municipality as hereby provided, such notice shall be sent to the owner of such structure by registered or certified mail, at the last known address thereof, and a copy thereof will be posted in a conspicuous place on such premises.
[Amended 12-16-1991 by Ord. No. 305-91]
If the owner of any dangerous structure, to whom or which a notice to repair, raze or remove such structure shall be sent under the provisions of this chapter, fails to commence or to complete such repair or removal within the time limit prescribed by such notice, he shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter and, upon conviction thereof before a Municipal Justice in a summary proceeding, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 and costs of prosecution; provided, however, that each day's continuance of a violation shall constitute a separate offense.
If the owner of any dangerous structure, to whom or which a notice to repair or to remove such structure shall be sent under the provisions of this chapter, fails to commence or to complete such repair or removal within the time limit prescribed by such notice, the Chief Administrator shall be empowered to cause such work of repair, razing or removal to be commenced and/or completed by the Municipality, and the cost and expense thereof, with a penalty of 10%, shall be collected from the owner of such structure in the manner provided by law; provided, however, that the recovery of such cost and expense, together with the penalty, may be in addition to the penalty imposed, as provided in § 87-4 of this chapter.