Borough of Coopersburg, PA
Lehigh County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Coopersburg 12-12-2006 by Ord. No. 593. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Rental property — See Ch. 169.
Sewers — See Ch. 177.
Solid waste — See Ch. 182.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 191.
Vector control — See Ch. 205.
Weed control — See Ch. 225.
Zoning — See Ch. 230.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Any activity or condition not legally authorized or privileged which by its continued existence is the cause of annoyance, offense or inconvenience to the general public so much so as to be detrimental either to the public health or general welfare of the inhabitants of the community.
Any natural person, partnership, association, firm or corporation. The singular shall include the plural and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.
Under the direction of the Board of Health, the Health Inspector, in his official capacity, shall be in charge of the enforcement of this chapter and shall act as prosecutor in any and all cases of violation of the provisions of this chapter or other ordinances of the Borough of Coopersburg and/or state statutes relating to the abatement of nuisances found to be detrimental to the public health and safety.
It shall be the duty of the Health Inspector, or such person designated by the Borough Council, to make periodic sanitary inspections of the streets and alleys as well as any premises in the Borough of Coopersburg at any such time as directed by the Board of Health and to report to the Board of Health any and all evidence or reports of conditions alleged to be detrimental to the public health and safety. Such person shall also, at the direction of the Board of Health, upon the complaint by Borough residents, make special investigation of alleged nuisances and report concerning the same to the Board of Health. Such person shall serve all notices of abatement issued by the Board of Health, perform duties regarding the abatement of nuisances as the Board of Health may direct and execute the orders of the Board of Health. While acting in the performances of duties, such person shall have the powers and authority of a police officer.
All duties and responsibilities of a Health Officer as set forth under any relevant state statute, including the Pennsylvania Health Code, are hereby incorporated into this chapter.
No person shall maintain or permit to be maintained on any property owned or occupied by, within the Borough of Coopersburg, any condition detrimental to the public health and safety or so found to be after investigation by the Board of Health upon the receipt of a notice from the Board of Health that such a condition exists on a property owned or occupied by. It shall be that person's duty to abate the specified nuisance to the satisfaction of the Board of Health within the time limit specified in said notice.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 and cost of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment of not more than 30 days; provided: each day's continuance of a violation shall constitute a separate offense; provided further: such fine and costs may be in addition to the costs and expenses of abatement of any nuisance created or maintained as a result of such violation, and any penalty authorized to be charged in addition to such costs and expenses, in cases where abatement thereof is done by the Health Inspector or a nominee of the Borough Council.