Borough of Middletown, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Middletown 5-13-1935.
Editor's Note: This ordinance appeared in Ch. XI, Part 2, of the 1953 Code of Ordinances.
Sections 188-2 and 188-3 amended and § 188-6 added at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Nuisances by animals — See Ch. 101, Art. I.

Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 164.

Property maintenance — See Ch. 210.

Vector control — See Ch. 250.

§ 188-1
Declaration of nuisance. 

§ 188-2
Creation or maintenance prohibited; abatement. 

§ 188-3
Investigation; notice to abate. 

§ 188-4
Service of notice to abate nuisance. 

§ 188-5
Noxious weeds and vegetation; cleaning of gutters. 

§ 188-5.1
Storage of firewood. 

§ 188-6
Violations and penalties. 

§ 188-1 Declaration of nuisance.

[Amended 5-13-1940]

Whatever is dangerous to the public health is hereby declared to be a nuisance and to be illegal, and every person contributing to such dangerous condition shall be deemed guilty of a violation of this chapter and shall also be liable for the expense of abatement thereof, to be recovered as provided by law. No kitchen or laundry water shall be allowed to discharge or flow into any gutter, street, alley, roadway or public place.

§ 188-2 Creation or maintenance prohibited; abatement.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

No person, either by himself, his agent or in association with others, shall create or maintain a nuisance of whatsoever kind within the limits of the borough, and the owner or occupant of any premises where such unsanitary conditions are found to exist, upon notice from the Code Enforcement Officer, shall abate the same within the time specified.

§ 188-3 Investigation; notice to abate.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

When any nuisance thus prohibited shall be brought to the attention of the Code Enforcement Officer, he shall make prompt and careful inspection and, if satisfied that a nuisance exists, he shall serve upon the person or persons responsible for creating it a notice signed by himself, directing said party or parties to take proper steps to abate the same within forty-eight (48) hours. If they neglect or refuse to take proper steps toward the abatement thereof within such time, the Code Enforcement Officer shall issue a second notice in the same manner as the first, requiring abatement within twenty-four (24) hours. Failure to comply with the aforesaid second notice shall result in an information filed against the delinquent by the Code Enforcement Officer in a prosecution before the District Justice.

§ 188-4 Service of notice to abate nuisance.

Service in each case cited shall be made to the delinquent or his agent personally, but if neither can be found, it shall be considered sufficient to leave a copy of the notice with some adult person belonging to the residence or business place of the delinquent. If the premises are vacant, the notice shall be served on the owner or the owner's agent.

§ 188-5 Noxious weeds and vegetation; cleaning of gutters.

[Amended 1-9-1978 by Ord. No. 723, approved 1-9-1978]

Every owner, tenant or occupant of premises within the borough must keep the same free from growth of noxious weeds and other useless vegetation, and where such premises are situated along or on any street, avenue or alley, whether public or private, the owner, tenant or occupant thereof must keep the gutters clean and free from vegetation of every sort.

§ 188-5.1 Storage of firewood.

[Added 11-3-1986 by Ord. No. 925, approved 11-3-1986]

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to deposit or permit to accumulate in or upon any premises, improved or vacant, or on any open lot or alley wood to be used as firewood unless:

A. 

Such wood is placed in a pile elevated at least ten (10) inches above the ground.

B. 

Said piles must be neat and orderly and be no higher than five (5) feet.

C. 

In any event, no firewood piles shall be permitted to exceed a limit of seven (7) cords.

§ 188-6 Violations and penalties.

[Added 4-6-1987 by Ord. No. 943, approved 4-6-1987; amended 7-11-1988 by Ord. No. 972, approved 7-11-1988]

Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter or who shall fail to comply with a notice issued pursuant hereto shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.) plus costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding thirty (30) days.