Township of East Cocalico, PA
Lancaster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of East Cocalico 11-21-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-08. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Nuisances — See Ch. 141.
The following words as described in this chapter shall have the following meanings:
Any natural person, partnership, association, firm, or corporation.
Township of East Cocalico.
Any Canadian or Russian thistle, chicory, burdock, nettle, poison ivy, sumac, goldenrod, wild lettuce, wild mustard, wild parsley, ragweed, milkweed, or any other plant or vegetation whatsoever not edible or planted for an ornamental or agricultural purpose.
Every person, owning or occupying any premises within the Township, upon which premises any grass or weeds in excess of six inches in height are growing, shall cut or remove such grass or weeds or cause the same to be cut or removed on or before May 1, June 1, July, 1, August 1, September 1, and October 1 of each calendar year.
[Amended 1-17-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-01]
Exceptions to the requirements of the chapter are the following: trees, whether coniferous or deciduous; shrubs; flower beds or gardens; vegetables; wildflower gardens; seasonal and ornamental grasses; wetlands; woodlands and forested areas; areas within 15 feet of a stream or pond; areas within required riparian buffers; and land actively cultivated in crop production or engaged in farming or animal husbandry including, but not limited to, growing grain in excess of six inches which will be cut and harvested for hay or other agricultural purposes.
The Zoning Officer or Assistant Zoning Officer, upon ascertaining that grass or weeds are growing in violation of this chapter, shall give written notice by first-class mail or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the owner or occupant of the premises whereon such grass and weeds are in violation of the provisions of this chapter, and shall direct the owner or occupant to cut or remove all such grass or weeds so as to conform to the requirements of this chapter within seven days. When the notice has been forwarded to the owner or occupant of the premises, in accordance with this section, such notice shall be deemed to be sufficient notice that the owner or occupant is in violation of this chapter. Thereafter, in the event that the owner or occupant of the premises fails to comply with this chapter and allows grass or weeds in excess of six inches in height, the Township may bring an appropriate action before the Magisterial District Judge for a violation of this chapter without any further notices being mailed by the Zoning Officer or Assistant Zoning Officer.
[Amended 2-7-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-02]
In case any person shall neglect, fail, or refuse to comply with such notice within the period of time stated therein, the Township may cause such grass or weeds to be removed or cut, and the costs thereof, together with any penalty authorized by law, may be collected from such person in the manner provided by law.
[Amended 2-7-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-02]
Any person who shall fail, neglect, or refuse to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.