[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Manchester 2-28-1991 by Ord. No. 91-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following words, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section except where the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning:
- An individual, association, partnership or corporation.
- West Manchester Township or the elected officials of West Manchester Township or the officers and employees of West Manchester Township.
No person owning real estate within West Manchester Township shall permit the growth of any grass, weeds or similar vegetation exceeding a height of eight inches within 150 feet of any developed parcel or tract of land or within 300 feet of any occupied structure unless such premises is physically separated by a public street, railroad, stream, wooded area, hedge row or similar type separation.
Within a residential development, no owner of a vacant building lot shall permit grass, weeds or similar vegetation to grow to a height in excess of eight inches, regardless of the distance from developed parcels or tracts of land.
The following types of areas are exempt from the provisions of this chapter:
All areas containing crops planted for some useful purpose.
All wooded areas.
All areas planted with vegetation designed to prevent erosion of steep slopes.
All state game lands.
All cultivated fields and similar areas used for agricultural purposes.
All areas adjacent to streams within 20 feet.
All mature hedgerows.
All areas containing wildflowers and other ornamental plantings.
All areas determined to be wetlands.
All stormwater management areas maintained as natural areas.
The Township is hereby authorized to give notice of the violation of the terms of this chapter, by personal service or by United States mail, to the owner of the tract or parcel of land whereon the violation occurs. The notice to the owner of the premises shall direct the owner to remove, trim or cut the grass, weeds or vegetation so as to conform to the requirements and provisions of this chapter. The notice shall require the owner to comply with the provisions of this chapter within five days of the date of the notice. In the event that any person shall neglect, fail or refuse to comply with the provisions of this chapter within the time provided in the notice or shall thereafter permit any further violation of this chapter the Township may remove, trim or cut the grass, weeds or vegetation, and the cost thereof, together with any additional penalty authorized by law, may be collected by the Township from such person by the filing of a municipal lien or by an action of assumpsit or in any other manner as may be provided by law for the enforcement and collection of municipal claims. It is the intent of this chapter that only one notice of violation need be given to any person during the same growing season and that no additional notices shall be required before penalties for violation of the provisions of this chapter may be imposed.
[Amended 11-14-1991 by Ord. No. 91-09; 5-9-1996 by Ord. No. 96-14; 6-26-1997 by Ord. No. 97-15]
Any person who shall violate or fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before a District Justice, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600, together with costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Each day that grass, weeds or similar vegetation exceeds eight inches in height shall constitute a separate offense.