Borough of Punxsutawney, PA
Jefferson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Borough of Punxsutawney as Ch. 11, Art. I, of the 1974 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Code program — See Ch. 17.
Animal defecation — See Ch. 79.
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 85.
Unsafe buildings — See Ch. 94.
Open burning — See Ch. 97.
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 139.
Littering — See Ch. 161.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 182.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Includes all streams and springs and all bodies of surface water and of ground water, whether natural or artificial, within the boundaries of the state.
No kitchen or laundry water shall be discharged or be permitted to discharge or flow into any gutter, street, roadway or public place.
When kitchen or laundry wastewater is disposed of by throwing onto the surface of the ground, borax, unslaked lime, hypochlorite of lime or other approved disinfectant and deodorant shall be applied thereto in a sufficient quantity to prevent offensive odors and the breeding of flies.
No garbage, pomace, offal, dead animals, cans, rubbish, decaying matter or organic waste substance of any kind shall be thrown or deposited in any ravine, ditch or gutter, on any street or highway or into any waters of the state or be permitted to remain exposed upon the surface of the ground.
Manure shall not be allowed to accumulate in or near stables, piggeries or roosts for a period of more than three days, unless it is adequately protected against the breeding of flies.
Manure shall not be allowed to accumulate in any place where it can prejudicially affect any source of drinking water.
The carcass of any dead animal shall be removed and disposed of by burial, incineration or other proper method within 24 hours after death. If the carcass is buried, it shall be placed so that every part shall be covered by at least two feet of earth and at a location not less than 100 feet from any well, spring, stream or other surface waters and in a place not subject to overflow.
In all cases of death from communicable disease, the carcass, if disposed of by burial, shall first be thoroughly enveloped in unslaked lime.
Proper disposal shall be made by the owner of the animal or by the owner of the property on which the dead animal is found. Where the owner of the animal is unknown and the carcass is found upon any street, alley or other public place, it shall be removed and disposed of by the Board of Health at public expense.
All marshes or swamps and all pools or ponds, either natural or artificial, shall be maintained by the owners free from the breeding of mosquitoes. If treatment is required to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes, it shall be accomplished by filling, draining, stocking with larvae-eating fish, treating with larvacide or mineral oil or by some other method approved by the Board of Health.
No person shall maintain or permit to be maintained any privy vault, cesspool, well, cistern, rain barrel or other receptacle containing water in such a condition that mosquitoes may breed therein.
No pigsty or piggery shall be built or maintained on marshy ground or land subject to overflow nor within 300 feet of any stream or other source of water supply nor within 300 feet of an inhabited house or public meeting house on an adjoining property. When garbage is fed to pigs, provision shall be made so that all unconsumed garbage shall be removed daily and disposed of by burial or incineration. No organic material furnishing food for flies shall be allowed to accumulate on the premises. All garbage shall be handled and fed upon platforms of concrete or other impervious material. Unslaked lime, hypochlorite of lime, borax or mineral oil shall be used daily in sufficient quantities to prevent offensive odors and the breeding of flies.
No owner or occupant of any premises shall maintain any well, spring, cistern or other source of water supply used for drinking or household purposes and to which the public has or may have access and which is polluted or which is so situated or constructed that it may become polluted in any manner that may render such water supply injurious to health.
[Added 8-31-1987 by Ord. No. 943]
Any person violating any provision of this chapter, upon conviction before the District Justice, shall be guilty of a summary offense and shall be subject to pay a fine not to exceed the maximum fine of $300, plus costs of prosecution, or to undergo imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both. Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.