Borough of Sellersville, PA
Bucks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Sellersville 8-10-1970 by Ord. No. 397. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Trees — See Ch. 147.
No person, firm or corporation owning any property within the Borough of Sellersville shall 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 or to go to or produce seed. Any grass, weeds or other vegetation growing upon any premises in the Borough in violation of any of the provisions of this section is hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to the health, safety and cleanliness of the inhabitants of the Borough.
The owner of any premises, vacant premises or premises occupied shall remove or cause to be removed, trim or cut all grass, weeds or other vegetation growing or remaining upon such premises in violation of the provisions of the first section of this chapter.
[Amended 7-7-1997 by Ord. No. 604]
The Borough Council or any officer or employee 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 of any premises whereon grass, weeds or other vegetation is growing or remaining in violation of the provisions of the first section of this chapter, directing and requiring such owner to remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or vegetation so as to conform to the requirements of this chapter, within five days after issuance of such notice. In case any person, firm or corporation shall neglect, fail or refuse to comply with such notice within the period of time stated therein, the Borough authorities may remove, trim, cut or destroy such grass, weeds or vegetation, and the cost thereof, together with any additional penalty authorized by the law, may be collected by the Borough from such person, firm or corporation in the manner provided by law. The minimum charge for the cost of removing, trimming, cutting or destroying such grass, weeds or vegetation shall be $100.
[Amended 7-7-1997 by Ord. No. 604; 10-12-2015 by Ord. No. 703]
In addition to, and not in lieu of, the provisions set forth in § 55-3 of this chapter, this chapter shall be enforced by a criminal action in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. A person, firm, or corporation convicted of violating this chapter shall be sentenced to pay a fine not to exceed $1,000 per violation, plus court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees incurred by the Borough of Sellersville, or to imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both. Violations of more than one provision of this chapter shall constitute separate violations. Each day that a violation of any provision of this chapter continues or occurs shall constitute a separate violation.