[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Canonsburg 11-1-1988 as Ch. 10, Part 1, of the 1988 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Borough of Canonsburg Rat Control Ordinance."
The purpose and objective of this chapter is to protect the public health by controlling or preventing the spread of rat- or mouse-borne diseases and infection by the elimination of unsanitary conditions and by eliminating of rat or mouse breeding and harborage areas.
The following words and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context or language clearly indicates or requires a different meaning, and the singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular and the masculine shall include the feminine.
- The control and elimination of rats or mice by eliminating their harborage places; by removing or making inaccessible materials that may serve as their food; by poisoning, spraying, fumigating, trapping or by any other recognized and legal rat or mice control elimination methods approved by the local or state authority having such administrative authority.
- Every refuse accumulation of animal fruit or vegetable matter that attends the preparation, use, cooking, dealing in or storing of meat, fish, food, fruit or vegetables.
- Any place where rats or mice can eat, live, nest or seek shelter.
- HEALTH OFFICER
- The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approved Health Officer or Director of Health or his duly authorized representative.
- Any person who uses or occupies a building, or structure, whether as owner or tenant. A tenant who uses a part of a building structure shall be deemed the occupant of that part of which he has actual or constructive possession. The owner, agent or other person having custody or control of a building or structure shall be deemed occupant of the part that is vacant.
- Any accessory or detached structure other than those which are or have been occupied by humans for either business or residential purposes. Outbuildings shall include but not be limited to garages, sheds, privies or enclosed animal or pet or poultry pens.
- Any person who, alone or jointly or severally with others:
- A. Has legal title to any building, with or without accompanying actual possession thereof; or
- B. Has charge, care or control of the building as owner or agent of the owner or an executor, administrator, trustee or guardian of the estate of the owner. Any such person thus representing the actual owner shall be bound to comply with the provisions of this chapter to the same extent as if he were the owner.
- Any natural person, firm, partnership, association, corporation or organization of any kind.
- Shall mean and include but shall not be limited to an individual residence structure and its surroundings, whether a row house or detached home, or a business structure or building with or without residence and its surroundings or a vacant lot and its surroundings.
- A form of construction to prevent the ingress or egress of rats or mice to or from a given space, premise, structure, outbuilding or building to another given space, premise, structure, outbuilding or building. It consists of the treatment or shielding, with material impervious to gnawing, of all actual or potential openings in the exterior and interior walls, ground or first floors, roofs, foundations, basements, sidewalk gratings and other places in said premises, structures, outbuildings or buildings that may be reached by rats or mice by climbing or burrowing.
- All solid waste items or materials except garbage and other decomposable matter.
- Any occupied or vacant building which was built solely for human use, whether for dwelling and/or business purposes.
- VACANT LOT
- Any land or portion thereof and thereon which has no structure or outbuildings built upon said land or portion thereof. It shall include any private or publicly-owned property, or part of any such property.
No person shall deposit any garbage, refuse, offal, pomace, dead animals, decaying matter or organic substance of any kind in or upon any private or public improved or vacant lot, building, outbuilding, structure or premise or in or upon any street, avenue, alley, parkway, ravine, ditch or gutter or into any of the runs, creeks or bodies of water within or bounding the Borough of Canonsburg so that the same shall or afford food, harborage or breeding areas for rats or mice.
No person in the Borough of Canonsburg shall deposit or permit to accumulate in or upon any premise, improved or vacant, or on any lot or alley any lumber, boxes, barrels, bottles, cans, glass, scrap iron, wire, metal articles, pipe, broken stone or cement, broken crockery, broken plaster or rubbish of any kind, unless the same is kept in approved receptacles or placed on open racks that are elevated not less than 18 inches above the ground and evenly piled or stacked so that the same shall not afford harborage or breeding areas for rats or mice.
No person in the Borough of Canonsburg shall maintain a junkyard or a place for the dumping or wrecking or disassembling of automobiles, trucks, tractors or machinery of any kind or for the storing or leaving of dilapidated, wrecked or abandoned automobiles, trucks, tractors or machinery of any kind or of any of the parts thereof or for the storing or leaving of any machinery or equipment used by contractors or builders or by other persons in such manner as may afford harborage or breeding areas for rats or mice.
No person in the Borough of Canonsburg shall store garbage or refuse in containers other than those which are made of durable, watertight, rust-resistant material having a close fitting lid, which must be kept on the container when in use, or in plastic bags which are durable and watertight and are secured or tied so as not to provide food, harborage or breeding areas for rats or mice. These containers must be kept clean by thoroughly rinsing and draining as often as possible.
No person in the Borough of Canonsburg shall permit weeds to grow in excess of eight inches in height on any premises, improved or vacant, or on any open lot so that the same may afford harborage or breeding areas for rats or mice.
The Borough of Canonsburg appoints and directs the Health Officer or Director of Health or his duly authorized representative by the duly authorized administrator and enforcing agent of this chapter and is empowered to prescribe, adopt, promulgate and enforce any conditions relating to any matter pertaining to the administration and enforcement of this chapter, and the Health Officer or Director of Health or his duly authorized representative, acting under this authority, may at all reasonable times enter in and upon any premises within the Borough of Canonsburg for the purpose of inspecting and enforcing any of the provisions of this chapter, and when any evidence is found indicating the violation of any provision of this chapter, the Health Officer or Director of Health or his duly authorized representative shall serve the owners or occupants of that premise with written notice and/or orders to abate the violation. The written notice or order shall set forth the alleged violation and advise the owner, occupant or person in charge of that premise that such violation must be corrected. Said notice or order may be served personally or by certified mail upon the owner, occupant or person in charge of that premise. The time for the correction of the violation must be given, as well as the necessary methods to be employed in the correction, which time shall not exceed 30 days.
Whenever the violations fail to be corrected within the time set forth in the written notice or order, the Health Officer or Director of Health or his duly authorized representative may proceed to abate the violations in the manner provided by law or by prosecuting the violation of this chapter under the penalty provisions of this chapter.
Anyone aggrieved by any decision of the Health Officer or Director of Health or his duly authorized representative shall have the right to appeal to Borough Council not later than 30 days after the issuance of the said written notice or order of the said Health Officer or Director of Health or his duly authorized representative.
Any outbuilding, premise, structure, dwelling, building, accessory structure or any other place may be required to be ratproofed when found by the Health Officer or Director of Health or his duly authorized representative to be providing harborage or breeding areas for rats or mice.
No owner, person, occupant, contractor, public utility company, plumber or any other person shall remove or fail to restore in like condition the ratproofing from any outbuilding, premise, structure, dwelling, building, accessory structure or any other place for any purpose.
The owner, occupant or person in charge of any outbuilding, premise, structure, dwelling, building, accessory structure or any other place required to be ratproofed shall maintain the ratproofing in good repair. No person shall injure the ratproofing. When the ratproofing is injured in making alterations, installations, additions or repairs to said outbuilding, premise, structure, dwelling, building, accessory structure or any other place, the person in control shall restore the ratproofing in good condition.
When any outbuilding, building, dwelling, structure, premise, accessory structure or any other place in the Borough of Canonsburg is subject to infestation by rats or mice, the person in control thereof shall apply continuous or repeated eradication measures, as required by the Health Officer or Director of Health or his duly authorized representative, until there is no evidence of infestation remaining.
Whoever violates any provision of this chapter, upon conviction thereof before a District Justice, shall be fined not exceeding $300 and/or to imprisonment for not more than 90 days. Each day's violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense. All fines payable hereunder are payable to the Borough of Canonsburg.