[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Norristown 4-1-2014 by Ord. No. 14-03. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Tree rules and regulations — See Ch. 82.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 239.
Rodent control — See Ch. 247.
Trees — See Ch. 295.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the repeal of former Ch. 315, Weeds, adopted 7-5-2005 by Ord. No. 05-13, as amended.
The growth or accumulation of tall grasses or weeds, as defined hereinbelow, on any premises is unlawful.
Any employee of the Municipality is designated as the administrative officer to enforce this chapter, and he or she is hereby authorized and empowered to immediately issue a ticket, in writing, to any person or entity who is the owner, occupier or agent for the owner of any such lot, place or area within the Municipality of Norristown where tall grass or weeds are found growing, lying or located on such property or upon the sidewalk abutting the same.
Upon the failure, neglect or refusal of any person or entity, being the owner, occupier or agent for the owner, so issued a ticket and notified to cut, destroy and/or remove the tall grass or weeds growing, lying or located upon such property or upon the sidewalks abutting the same within seven days of the issuance of the ticket, the Municipality or a qualified third-party contractor engaged by the Municipality is hereby authorized and empowered to immediately enter on the property and cut, mow or remove such tall grass or weeds.
When the removal of tall grass or weeds has been accomplished by the employee or designee of the Municipality or municipal contractor as provided, the actual cost thereof, plus interest at the rate of 10% per annum from the date of the completion of the work, shall be charged to and paid by the person who is the owner, occupier or agent for the owner of such property.
The cost of removal as provided may be collected from the person who is the owner of the property from which the tall grass or weeds have been removed, by action in assumpsit.
The cost of removal as provided shall also constitute a lien upon the real property from which the tall grass or weeds have been removed and shall be recoverable by the Municipality as municipal liens and claims are by law recoverable.
Any person or entity violating any provision of this chapter shall be subject to the following procedure:
The municipal official shall issue a written ticket to the owner of the property which shall provide for a penalty of $20. If this penalty is paid within seven days of its issue and the condition that warranted the ticket is abated, then the violation is discharged. This penalty may be adjusted from time to time by resolution of the Municipal Council.
If the violator does not pay the penalty of $20 or does not abate the condition that warranted the issuance of the ticket as provided for in this chapter, then the Municipality shall cause a non-traffic citation to be issued for the violation of this chapter. The Municipality may also cause the condition to be abated in accordance with § 315-3 of this chapter.
The non-traffic citation shall be forwarded to and adjudicated by a Magisterial District Judge of the Municipality. If found guilty of the violation, the violator shall be sentenced to a fine of no less than $300 nor more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution and reasonable attorneys' fees.
Each day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense. In default of payment of said fine, costs and fees, the violator may be imprisoned in the county jail for a term of not more than 30 days.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- TALL GRASS OR WEEDS
- Any uncontrolled, uncultivated plant growth in excess of eight inches in height; a plant, grass or weed considered invasive, undesirable or troublesome, especially one growing where it is not wanted.