[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Homestead 10-14-1974 as Ch. 76 of the 1974 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following term shall have the meaning indicated:
- Any natural person, partnership, association, firm or corporation.
Word usage. The singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular, and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.
It shall be unlawful for any person owning or occupying any property within the Borough of Homestead to permit any grass or weeds or any vegetation whatsoever not edible or planted for some useful or ornamental purpose to grow or remain upon such premises so as to exceed a height of 12 inches, or to throw off any unpleasant or noxious odor, or to conceal any filthy deposit, or to create or produce pollen, provided that the cutting of such grass, weeds or other vegetation twice a month in the months of May, June, July, August and September and the removal of the grass, weeds or other vegetation so cut shall be deemed evidence that no violation of this section shall have been created.
The owner of any vacant premises or premises occupied by the owner, and the occupant thereof in the case of premises occupied by other than the owner thereof, shall remove, trim or cut all grass, weeds or other vegetation growing or remaining upon such premises in violation of any of the provisions of § 105-2 of this chapter.
The Borough Council or any officer of the Borough designated thereby for the purpose is hereby authorized to give notice, by personal service or by United States mail, to the owner or occupant, as the case may be, of any premises whereon grass, weeds or other vegetation is growing or remaining in violation of any of the provisions of § 105-2 of this chapter, directing and requiring such owner or occupant to remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or other vegetation so as to conform to the requirements of this chapter within five days after issuance of such notice. In case any person shall neglect, fail or refuse to comply with such notice within the period of time stated therein, the Borough authorities may remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or other vegetation, and the cost thereof, with an additional charge of 10%, shall be collected by the Borough from such person in default, in the manner provided by law.
Any person who shall be convicted of violating or failing to comply with the provisions of this chapter before any District Justice shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $300, together with costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such fine and costs said violator shall be subject to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of a violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.