Borough of Green Tree, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Green Tree as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Grading and excavation — See Ch. 181.
Solid waste — See Ch. 282.
Trees — See Ch. 319.
[Adopted 11-4-1935 by Ord. No. 192 (Ch. 688 of the 1982 Code)]

§ 248-1 Vegetation in the public right-of-way.

A. 
An owner of real estate fronting or abutting on any street or highway of the Borough shall keep the same, from curb to property line, free from rubbish and the growth of vegetation, except grass, shade trees or ornamental shrubbery, such grass, trees or shrubbery to be so kept and maintained as to not interfere with the free use of the sidewalks.
B. 
An owner of a lot or ground or other real estate fronting or abutting on any street or highway of the Borough shall keep the same, for a distance of 15 feet from the line of any such street or highway, free from briars, weeds or other vegetable growth, except fruit, shade or ornamental trees, ornamental plants, shrubbery, flowers, grass or vegetable gardens, and shall also keep the same free from rubbish of any kind.

§ 248-2 Prohibited growth.

[Added 9-11-1995 by Ord. No. 1288]
No person owning or occupying any property within the Borough shall permit:
A. 
Any grass, weeds or other vegetation not edible or planted for some useful or ornamental purpose to grow or remain upon such premises so as to exceed a height of eight inches;
B. 
Any grass, weeds or other vegetation to give off, emit or discharge any unpleasant or noxious odor;
C. 
Any grass, weeds or other vegetation to conceal an infestation of insects, rodents or vermin or debris, garbage or other such deposits;
D. 
Any poison ivy, poison oak or other toxic vegetation or growth of any nature or variety;
E. 
Any dead, dying or diseased trees, or parts thereof, whose existence poses a hazard to persons or property in their vicinity; and
F. 
Any tree, shrub or vegetation or any part of such trees, shrub or vegetation, or ornamental grasses, from projecting into the public right-of-way or any public sidewalk so as to interfere with the normal use of said right-of-way or sidewalk.

§ 248-3 Declaration of nuisance.

[Added 9-11-1995 by Ord. No. 1288]
Any grass, weeds or other vegetation located in or growing upon any property within the Borough in violation of §§ 248-1 and 248-2 is hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to the health, safety, welfare, cleanliness and comfort of the Borough and its residents.

§ 248-4 Noncompliance; remedy of Borough.

[Added 9-11-1995 by Ord. No. 1288]
If any owner or occupant of real estate located in the Borough neglects or refuses to remove, cut, trim or otherwise destroy any prohibited growth of vegetation, grass, weeds, trees, poisonous and toxic vegetation or dead, dying or diseased trees, or any tree, shrub or vegetation interfering with the right-of-way or sidewalk, as set forth in this article, then Borough authorities shall serve notice upon such owner or occupant, in writing, of such violation, ordering him or her to comply with § 248-1 and/or 248-2 within 10 days after service of such notice. If such owner or occupant fails to comply with such notice, then, in addition to the penalty provided in § 248-5, such prohibited growth shall be removed, trimmed, cut and/or destroyed by the Borough, and the costs of such work, together with a penalty of 10% thereof, shall be a lien against the real estate in question, which shall be collected according to law and/or may be collected from the owner and/or occupant of the premises in the manner provided by law.

§ 248-5 Violations and penalties.

See Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-2, for the general penalty provisions of this Code.
[Adopted 5-11-1964 by Ord. No. 687 (Ch. 672 of the 1982 Code)]

§ 248-6 Definitions.

A. 
As used in this article, unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
OCCUPANT
A tenant, lessee, agent, holder or squatter.
PERSON
A person, copartnership, association or private corporation.
WATERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH
Any and all streams, creeks, rivulets, lakes, dammed water, ponds, springs and all other bodies of surface and underground water, or parts thereof, whether natural or artificial, within or on the boundaries of the Borough.
B. 
Words and phrases used in the singular include the plural, and vice versa, and the present tense includes the future.

§ 248-7 Deposit of debris on public and private property.

A. 
No person shall dump or cause to be dumped, deposit or cause to be deposited, or throw or cause to be thrown any rubbish, waste material, paper, cardboard, dead animal, garbage, ashes, trash, or any combination of the same, upon any private or public property, road or sidewalk, or in or upon any appurtenance thereto, or in any waters of the commonwealth located in the Borough, or permit the same to accumulate thereon or therein.
B. 
No person shall dump or cause to be dumped or deposit or cause to be deposited decaying matter; cuttings from trees, bushes or grass; stones or rocks; or any combination of the same, upon any property in the Borough when the same is left in such a manner as to constitute a health hazard because of being a breeding place for infestation or because of the danger created to children who may be attracted to play in the area.

§ 248-8 Notice of abatement; removal by Borough.

Whenever the authorities of the Borough determine that a violation of § 248-7 has been committed, they shall give notice to the owner or occupant of the property, by registered or certified mail to his or her last known address, to remove the debris within five days after service of such notice. If after such five days the debris has not been removed, the authorities are hereby authorized to remove the debris and to proceed against the owner or occupant for the cost of such removal. Such remedy shall be in addition to the penalty provided in § 248-10.

§ 248-9 Exceptions.

No part of this article shall be construed as prohibiting the filling of property pursuant to Chapter 181, Grading and Excavation, of this Code; the use of fertilizers, peat moss, topsoil or other materials customarily used in cultivating gardens and lawns; the use of slag, red dog, crushed stone or other similar materials on private driveways or roadways in the Borough; or the depositing by a resident of the Borough of rubbish, trash or other refuse for collection.

§ 248-10 Penalty.

See Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-2, for the general penalty provisions of this Code.