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Township of Marple, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Marple 7-12-1971 as Ch. 66 of the 1971 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Animals — See Ch. 95.
Sewers — See Ch. 235.
Solid waste — See Ch. 252.
The rules and regulations of the Board of Health of the Township of Marple, as approved by said Board on January 29, 1957, for the purpose of promoting and protecting the health of the Township of Marple and the residents thereof, be and are hereby approved.
No person, firm or corporation shall throw, sweep or deposit in any manner onto any sidewalk, street, road, ditch, gutters, storm sewers or public place, or onto the private premises of another, any ashes, rubbish, tin cans, offal, garbage, dead animals, decaying vegetable matter or organic waste substance or other debris of any kind within the limits of this township, and no putrid or decaying animal or vegetable matter shall be kept in any house cellar, structure or adjoining outbuildings or grounds for more than 96 hours, during which time such decaying matter shall be stored in containers as described in § 228-3.
It shall be the duty of every owner, tenant, lessee and occupant of every and any residence, public house, club, private or public school, restaurant, store, church or building within the limits of the township to provide and at all times cause to be kept and provided suitable and sufficient covered, watertight metal receptacles for the receiving and holding of, without leakage, all of the garbage, offal or liquid substance derived therefrom that accumulates on said premises within the period of 96 hours, each said receptacle to be not larger than is convenient for one man to handle. Said receptacles shall have handles, must be kept washed as needed and shall be placed out of doors near the rear of the building at the ground level, at convenient places for removal.
[Amended 1-8-1973 by Ord. 73-2]
No owner, lessee or occupant of any developed or undeveloped ground in Marple Township shall permit the accumulation of any ashes, rubbish, tin cans, garbage, junked vehicles, dead animals or any other debris of any nature whatsoever on said ground. Such owner, lessee or occupant shall be responsible for the removal of any of the above-mentioned debris on such ground notwithstanding the fact that such debris was placed on such ground by another.
All food and feed within the Township of Marple utilized for the feeding of chickens, cows, pigs, horses and other animals shall be stored in rat-free and ratproof containers, compartments or rooms unless stored in a ratproof building.
[Added 11-9-1987 by Ord. No. 87-20]
It shall be unlawful for any person to permit to accumulate on any premises, improved or vacant, or on any open lot or alley in the Township of Marple any lumber, firewood, boxes, barrels, containers or similar material unless the same shall be placed off the ground, evenly piled or stacked.
[Added 11-9-1987 by Ord. No. 87-20]
When any lot or excavation in the township shall, from any cause whatsoever, become the repository of stagnant water or of any decaying or offensive substance, liquid or solid, it shall be the duty of the owner or occupant of said premises, within a specified time given in written notice from the Board of Health, to cause such lot or excavation to be drained or to be filled with clean earth or other inoffensive substance.
No person or persons, firm or corporation, without the written consent of the Board of Health and compliance with all other township ordinances, shall build or use any building within the limits of the township as a slaughterhouse.
No pigpen shall be built or maintained in the township without the written consent of the Board of Health and compliance with all other township ordinances. No pens shall be constructed within 100 feet of any stream nor within 500 feet of any street or inhabited house, nor where as a source of fly breeding it may become a menace to the public health. When garbage is fed to pigs, the same shall be cooked and provisions made so that all unconsumed garbage shall be removed daily and disposed of by burial or by such other means as are authorized by the Board of Health in writing.
All stables constructed or maintained in accordance with all other township ordinances shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition. All accumulations of manure shall be so disposed of as to prevent noxious odors, shall be covered or screened and removed when so ordered by the Board of Health.
[Amended 6-9-1980 by Ord. No. 80-10; 9-11-1989 by Ord. No. 89-23; 3-14-1994 by Ord. No. 94-8]
No privy or cesspool shall be cleaned or emptied without the contractor proposing to do such work first obtaining an annual license from the Board of Health, which license shall be granted on application with a fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners. No sewage emptied from such privy or cesspool shall be introduced into the township sewers.
The cleaning, emptying and removing of the contents of privy vaults or cesspools shall be performed only by such persons, firms or corporations as shall be deemed qualified by the Board of Health and shall be done in an inoffensive manner. Any person, firm or corporation having begun any such work shall, without interruption or delay, finish the same, and shall in every instance leave the privy or cesspool in as good condition upon the vault as when the work was undertaken. The contents of the privy vaults or cesspools so removed shall be conveyed to such places as approved by the Board of Health in airtight receptacles so as to prevent the emission of noxious odors and disposed of according to the directions of the Board of Health. The contents of any privy or cesspool shall not be transported through the streets except in a manner to prevent said contents from being exposed in the open air, unless the Board of Health shall so permit in writing.
No privy or cesspool or other receptacle for human excrement shall be constructed, maintained or used which directly or indirectly drains or discharges over or upon the surface of the ground or into any waters of the state.
No privy shall hereafter be constructed in this township except where building operations demand, and only upon written authorization by the Board of Health. Such privy may be used in connection with such building operations until such time as proper sanitary facilities can be provided and must be maintained in an inoffensive and sanitary manner. During the period in which such privy is in use, the contractor in charge of such building operation shall, at least once each day, carry out such disinfection measures on the contents of the privy as are approved by the Board of Health.
All privy vaults, cesspools or reservoirs as above named shall be cleaned at any time when directed by the Board of Health.
No person, firm or corporation shall drain, empty, pump or allow to run into or onto any ground, gutter, watercourse, alley or street the contents of any kitchen, laundry or other wastewater or any liquids deleterious to health. Such drainage, when not connected with a sewer, must be collected into cesspools or drainage fields provided with proper traps and properly covered, as authorized by the Board of Health and in compliance with all other township ordinances.
Whenever any citizen of the township is desirous of lodging information of the existence of any nuisance in any part of the township, he or she shall be required to lodge such complaint at the township office, in writing, over his or her signature, such complaint to designate the nature of the nuisance, the location thereof and the name of the owner or occupant of the property upon which it is alleged to exist. When special circumstances make the submission of a written complaint impractical, a telephone report or complaint shall be made to the office of the township; such telephonic report or complaint shall be confirmed in writing as above described at the earliest possible time. Telephonic reports or complaints during such times as the offices of the township are not open for business shall be made to the dispatcher's office of the Police Department of the township and shall be confirmed in writing to the office of the township at the earliest possible time.
No person, firm or corporation shall collect or dispose of rubbish and garbage within the township except in strict accordance with the provisions of such ordinance or ordinances as may from time to time be adopted.
Any violation of any of the foregoing provisions shall be deemed to constitute a nuisance and shall be subject to penalties herein provided for such violation, and a violator shall also be liable for the payment of any expense incurred for the abatement and remedy thereof.
[Amended 1-8-1973 by Ord. No. 73-2[1]]
Any person, firm or corporation who or which violates any provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such fine and costs by imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Each day's failure to comply with any such provision shall constitute a separate violation.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).