Township of Upper Uwchlan, PA
Chester County
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[Adopted 7-19-2010 by Ord. No. 10-06]

§ 79-15 Title.

This article shall be known as the "Upper Uwchlan Township Municipal Attorneys' Fee Schedule Ordinance."

§ 79-16 Fee schedule.

The Board of Supervisors determines that the fee schedule set forth herein is fair and reasonable for the services that may be rendered by its Solicitor or other lawyers authorized to collect delinquent municipal claims and accounts on behalf of the Township. The Board directs that the following fees be imposed, as applicable, upon the affected property owners and real properties and recovered as part of each municipal claim filed against the affected real property in proceedings to recover delinquent municipal claims, together with any additional out-of-pocket costs incurred by the Township for necessary expenses in connection therewith:
Action
Legal Fees
Receive and review delinquent account information; verify property owner and address; prepare thirty-day demand letter
$50
Send ten-day notice
$15
Prepare and file municipal lien
$100
Prepare and file order of satisfaction and notice to property owner
$17.50
Prepare and file writ of scire facias
$100
Reissue writ
$30
Prepare and mail correspondence per Pa. R.C.P. § 237.1
$30
Motion for alternate service
$200
Motion for summary judgment
$200
Prepare and file writ of execution for sheriff sale
$500
Attendance at sale and evaluate schedule of distribution and resolve issues ancillary to sale
$300
Miscellaneous litigation and/or legal activities hourly rate
Not to exceed $170

§ 79-17 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated herein:
MUNICIPAL CLAIM
Any claim identified, defined, prescribed or provided for in the Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act, 53 P.S. § 7106.

§ 79-18 Procedure for collection.

A. 
At least 30 days before assessing or imposing attorneys' fees in connection with the collection of a delinquent account, the Township shall, by United States certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, mail to the owner the notice required by this subsection.
B. 
If within 30 days of mailing the notice in accordance with Subsection A, the certified mail is refused or unclaimed or the return receipt is not received, then at least 10 days prior to assessing or imposing attorneys' fees in connection with the collection of a delinquent account, the Township shall, by United States first class mail, mail to the owner the notice required by this subsection.
C. 
The notice required by this subsection shall be mailed to the owner's last known post office address by virtue of the knowledge and information possessed by the Township and by the county office responsible for assessments and revisions of taxes. It shall be the duty of the Township to determine the owner's last post office address known to said collector and county assessment office.
D. 
The notice to the owner shall include the following:
(1) 
A statement of the Township's intent to impose or assess attorneys' fees within 30 days of mailing the notice pursuant to Subsection A or within 10 days of the mailing of the notice pursuant to Subsection B.
(2) 
The manner in which the imposition or assessment of attorneys' fees may be avoided by payment of the delinquent account.