Township of White, PA
Indiana County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of White as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Outdoor burning — See Ch. 105.
Construction — See Ch. 120.
Rental property — See Ch. 221.
Solid waste; recycling — See Ch. 257.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 275.
Junked vehicles — See Ch. 299.
[Adopted 12-29-1980 by Ord. No. 870]

§ 210-1 Duty of property owner.

It shall be the duty of every owner of real estate within any residential area of the Township of White to at all times cut and mow the grass and weeds on their respective lots and in the space between the property line and the curbline and/or pavement line in front and in the rear and along the side thereof so that neither grass nor weeds shall rise above the height of six inches, and every such owner shall remove said cuttings or mowings and all accumulations of garbage and rubbish and other debris from the said premises.

§ 210-2 Nuisance.

The growth of grass or weeds above the height of six inches or the accumulation of garbage and rubbish and other debris for the nonremoval of the same from all real estate within residential sections of the Township of White is hereby declared to be a nuisance.

§ 210-3 Notice.

Whenever it shall be reported to the Supervisors of the Township of White that any owner of any real estate in any residential section of the Township of White has failed or neglected to comply with any of the terms of this article, the Supervisors shall cause a written notice to be served upon the owner directing the owner to comply with all of the terms and provisions of this article within five days.

§ 210-4 Removal.

In the event of the failure of the owner or holder of said real estate within any residential area of the Township of White to cut and destroy said weeds, or have the same cut and destroyed, or remove said rubbish and other debris within five days after being notified to do so, the Township of White shall have said weeds cut and destroyed and/or said garbage and rubbish and other debris removed from the said premises and bill the owner or holder for the cost thereof.

§ 210-5 Additional remedies.

In addition to other penalties provided by this article, the Township of White may institute proceedings in courts of equity to require the owners of real estate within residential areas of the Township of White to comply with the provisions of this article.

§ 210-6 Lien.

The costs of removal, fine and penalties hereinabove mentioned or hereinafter set forth, may be entered by the Township of White as a lien against such property in accordance with existing provisions of law.

§ 210-7 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 9-11-2013 by Ord. No. 1055]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article, or shall fail to comply therewith, or who shall fail to comply with or violate any order made thereunder, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this article continues or each section of this article which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense. The imposition of a penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation or permitted it to continue. All such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violation or defects within a reasonable time.
[Adopted 9-9-2015 by Ord. No. 1069]

§ 210-8 Purpose and intent.

The purpose of this article is to control the planting, cultivating, or growing of bamboo grasses in the Township of White, and to prevent the invasive spread of existing bamboo into other areas of the Township.

§ 210-9 Definitions.

As used in article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BAMBOO
Any grasses from the genera Bambusa including, but not limited to Bambusa, Phyllostachys, Fallopia and Pseudosasa as well as Common Bamboo, Golden Bamboo, Arrow Bamboo, and Japanese Bamboo.
BAMBOO OWNER
Any property owner who has planted and/or grows bamboo, or who maintains bamboo on his/her property, or who permits bamboo to grow or remain on the property even if the bamboo has spread from an adjoining property. Any property owner of a property on which bamboo is found will be considered a bamboo owner.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of White, Indiana County, Pennsylvania.

§ 210-10 General provisions.

A. 
For the purposes of this article, bamboo found growing upon a property shall constitute presumptive evidence that the bamboo was planted and/or grown by and/or with the consent of the property owner, tenant, or other individual entity or corporation having control of the property.
B. 
Prohibition. Except as provided in this article, upon the effective date of this article, the planting or growing of bamboo shall be prohibited within the Township and no persons, property owners, tenants, or other individuals, entities, or corporations having control of property within the Township shall plant, cultivate, or cause to grow, any bamboo on any lot or parcel of ground within the Township. Any person who thereafter plants or grows or causes or allows to be planted or grown, bamboo within the Township shall be deemed to be in violation of this article and shall be subject to such penalties as are set forth herein.
C. 
This article shall not be deemed to alter any rights at common law or otherwise that any property owner may have to recover the cost of removal of bamboo on their own property that has run over from a neighboring property.
D. 
Exceptions.
(1) 
The root system of such bamboo plants is entirely contained within an above-ground-level planter, barrel or other vessel of such design, material and location as to entirely prevent the spread of growth of the bamboo plants' root system beyond the container in which it is planted.
(2) 
Whether planted or growing in a container, as described herein, all bamboo plants shall be located, trimmed and maintained so that no part of the plant shall be closer than 10 feet from any property line, pavement, sidewalk or 40 feet from a public road within the Township.
E. 
Any bamboo that has been planted or otherwise permitted to grow on any property within the Township prior to the effective date of this article may remain on such a property subject to compliance with the following:
(1) 
The bamboo shall not be closer than 10 feet from any property line, pavement, sidewalk or 40 feet from a public road within the Township.
(2) 
Any bamboo owner whose property contains bamboo shall remove and abate the growth of the bamboo within 40 feet of the edge of the pavement or traveled portion of a public road in the Township.
(3) 
Each bamboo owner shall be responsible to ensure that the bamboo planted or growing on the property prior to the effective date of this article is maintained such that it does not encroach or grow upon any adjoining or neighboring property, including all public property and public rights-of-way.
F. 
Removal. In the event that the bamboo owner does not remove or contract for the removal of the bamboo from the property within 30 days from the date the Township first provided notice regarding removal of the bamboo, the Township, at its discretion, may take the appropriate steps to remove the bamboo from the property. The bamboo owner shall be liable and responsible to the Township for all costs incurred in removing the bamboo from the Township property, including reasonable attorneys' fees. Such costs may be assessed against the property of the bamboo owner and entered as a lien on the property. Nothing herein shall be construed to create any affirmative obligation on the part of the Township to abate or remove any bamboo within the Township.

§ 210-11 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation violating the provisions of this article shall, in addition to the other charges hereinbefore provided for each offense, upon summary conviction before any Magisterial District Justice, pay a fine not exceeding $1,000 and costs of prosecution; and in default of payment of the fines and costs, the violator may be sentenced to the county jail for a term of not more than 30 days. Each and every day in which any person, firm or corporation shall be in violation of this article shall constitute a separate offense.