[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Borough of Milford by Ord. No. 115. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be the duty of the owners, tenants or persons in possession of any lands in the Borough:
To keep such lands free of brush, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris where they are inimical to the preservation of the public health, safety or general welfare of the Borough or which may constitute a fire hazard.
To remove all grass, weeds, brush and other debris from that part of the street bordering on their respective lands where the lands abut or border on any public street in the Borough.
Whenever the Council deems it necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety or general welfare or the elimination of a fire hazard or upon investigation of a complaint of any resident, officer or employee of the Borough, it may order the owner, tenant or person in possession of lands on which grass, weeds, trash or other debris is found to remove it within 10 days or to cause its removal if the order is not complied with.
After an investigation of a complaint of a resident, officer or employee of the Borough or on his own motion, the Construction Code Official shall make a written report of the conditions complained of to the Council at its next regular meeting. If the reported conditions are found to exist, the Council shall direct the Clerk to notify the owner, tenant or person in possession of the lands complained of, in writing, either personally or by registered mail, to remove such brush, weeds, dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growth, filth, garbage, trash or other debris within 10 days after receipt of the notice. The Construction Code Official shall reinspect the lands in question after the ten-day period expires and report, in writing, to the Council at its next regular meeting on whether the condition complained of has been abated or remedied.
If the owner, tenant or person in possession of the land in question refuses or neglects to abate or remedy the condition complained of within 10 days after receipt of notice, the Construction Code Official shall cause the condition complained of to be abated and remedied and shall certify the cost to the Council, which shall examine the certificate and, if it finds it correct, shall cause the cost to be charged against the land. The amount so charged shall become a lien on such land and shall be added to and become a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied on such land, shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes and shall be collected in the same manner as taxes. Costs shall be in addition to penalties imposed for violations of this chapter.
No person shall burn or cause to be burned brush, weeds, grass or other material described in this chapter or any combustible material without obtaining a permit from the Chief of the Fire Department. All such burning shall be done in a receptacle constructed to confine and control the fire or in a manner prescribed by the Chief in the permit.