[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Eddystone 10-23-1972 by Ord. No. 421, approved 10-23-1972. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 7-8-2013 by Ord. No. 643]
The growth, maintenance and/or accumulation of weeds, grasses, trees, vines, bushes, hedges and/or other vegetable growth upon any lot, yard, area or tract of ground within the Borough of Eddystone is hereby declared to constitute a public nuisance whenever the same shall cause or contribute to any of the following conditions:
Encroachment upon any public sidewalk, street, highway, alley and/or any other public way to the inconvenience, danger, annoyance and/or impediment of person legally using such public thoroughfare.
Prevention of the proper clear view of the operators of motor vehicles at any intersection of public thoroughfares which may cause danger to motor vehicular traffic on any public thoroughfare.
Cause or aggravate hay fever or other allergy diseases.
Cause or tend to cause the breeding or growth of mosquitoes, flies and/or other insects.
Cause or tend to cause the breeding, growth or harboring of rats, mice and/or other rodents.
Creation of a fire hazard.
Constitute a detriment to the public health, welfare and safety of the residents of the Borough of Eddystone and to the users of the public thoroughfares of the Borough of Eddystone.
Specifically, with regard to grasses and weeds, grasses and weeds with heights in excess of six inches in length shall constitute a public nuisance and therefore allowing grasses and weeds to grow to heights in excess of six inches is prohibited.
Further, with regard to grasses, weeds, bushes, vines, hedges and other similar vegetation, it shall constitute a public nuisance and, therefore, it is prohibited, to allow clippings of such vegetation to remain in the street as a method of disposal of such clippings.
It shall be unlawful for any owner, tenant, occupier and/or agent of any lot, yard, area or tract of ground within the Borough of Eddystone to permit and/or to maintain a public nuisance as set forth hereinbefore.
The Mayor or his duly authorized agent shall have the power and duty to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 8-8-2011 by Ord. No. 634, approved 8-15-2011]
Any owner, tenant, occupier and/or agent of any lot, yard, area and/or tract of ground within the Borough of Eddystone who shall fail, neglect and/or refuse to remove any public nuisance, as defined herein, after twenty-four-hour written notice to do so shall be guilty of an offense and subject to the penalties hereinafter contained. Said notice shall be served upon any such owner, tenant, occupier and/or agent either personally or by registered or certified mail or by posting the premises in question if none of the above can be found or ascertained. Upon failure to comply with said written notice, it shall be the duty of the Mayor to abate such nuisance. The cost of such abatement, together with the penalty of 10% of such cost, shall be collected in the manner provided by law for the collection of municipal claims, and/or a municipal lien may be filed of record for same.
[Amended 2-17-1975 by Ord. No. 438; 1-9-1989 by Ord. No. 524, approved 1-9-1989]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter before a District Justice shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, together with the costs of prosecution, and, in default of the payment of the fine, to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days.