Borough of Catasauqua, PA
Lehigh County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Catasauqua 5-7-1962 by Ord. No. 477 (Ch. IX, Part 1B, of the 1962 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Board of Health — See Ch. 42.
Uniform codes — See Ch. 130.
[Amended 7-6-1992 by Ord. No. 988]
No person or persons, firm or corporation, owning or occupying any property within the Borough of Catasauqua, shall permit any grass or weeds or any vegetation whatsoever, not edible or planted for some useful or ornamental purpose, to grow or remain upon such premises so as to exceed the height set forth in Subsection A of this section, or to throw off any unpleasant or noxious odor, or to cause a stinging sensation, or to conceal any filthy deposit or to create or produce pollen. Any grass, weeds or other vegetation growing upon any premises in the Borough in violation of any provisions of this section is hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to the health, safety, cleanliness and comfort of the inhabitants of the Borough.
A. 
Maximum height limitations.
(1) 
Grass: six inches.
(2) 
Weeds: 12 inches.
[Amended 7-6-1992 by Ord. No. 988]
Whenever any property, including separate parcels or tracts combined in single ownership, exceeds two acres, the responsibility for removing, trimming or cutting shall extend for a distance of 20 feet from each property line towards the interior of the property.
[Amended 5-7-1984 by Ord. No. 867]
The Borough Council, or any officer or employee of the Borough designated by the Council for such purpose, is hereby authorized to give notice, by personal service or by United States Mail, to the owner or occupier, as the case may be, of any premises in the Borough whereon grass, weeds or other vegetation is growing or remaining in violation of the provisions of the first section of this ordinance, directing and requiring such owner or occupant to remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or vegetation, so as to conform to the requirements of this ordinance, within five days after issuance of such notice. In case any person or persons, firm or corporation shall neglect, fail or refuse to comply with such notice within the period of time stated therein, the Borough authorities may remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or other vegetation as the case may be with 10% additional thereon, together with any additional penalties authorized by law, to be collected by the Borough from such person or persons, firm, or corporation in the manner provided by law.
[Amended 7-6-1992 by Ord. No. 988; 4-1-2013 by Ord. No. 1288]
Any person or persons, firm or corporation who or which shall violate or fail to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof before the Mayor or any District Justice of the Borough, be sentenced to pay a fine of no less than $100 and no more than $300 and costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment in the County Jail for not more than 10 days. Provided, each day's violation shall constitute a separate offense, and notice to the offender shall not be necessary in order to constitute an offense. Any person found guilty of violating an ordinance shall be assessed court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred by the Borough in the enforcement proceedings.