[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Pittston 9-12-1984 by Ord. No. 1984-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person, firm or corporation owning or occupying any property within the City of Pittston 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 eight inches or to throw off any unpleasant odor or to conceal any filthy deposit or to create or produce pollen. Any grass, weeds or other vegetation growing upon any premises in the City of Pittston in violation of any of the provisions of this section is hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to the health, safety, cleanliness and comfort of the inhabitants of the City of Pittston.
No person, firm or corporation owning or occupying any property within the City of Pittston shall permit the growing of ragweed upon said property.
No person, firm or corporation owning or occupying any property within the City limits of the City of Pittston shall permit any grass or weeds or any vegetation whatsoever to grow or remain upon any sidewalk, curbline or street gutter bordering said property.
The City Code Enforcement Officer shall enforce this chapter and is hereby authorized to give notice, by personal service or by United States Mail, to the owner or occupant, as the case may be, of any premises whereon grass, weeds or other vegetation is growing or remaining in violation of the provisions of § 281-1 of this chapter, directing and requiring such occupant to remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or vegetation so as to conform to the requirements of this chapter within 10 days after issuance of such notice. Whenever, in the judgment of the enforcement officer/inspector, it shall appear to be impracticable to give notice as above provided, either because the owner or occupant cannot readily be found or because a search for the owner or occupant would entail unreasonable delay, the City Code Enforcement Officer may give notice by posting conspicuously on the property where such nuisance exists a notice or order directing and requiring that such nuisance be abated within five days. 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 City Administrator may order the removal, trimming or cutting of such grass, weeds or vegetation, and the cost thereof, together with a penalty of 10% of the cost thereof, shall be collected by the City of Pittston from such person, firm or corporation in the manner provided by law.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300, plus all City costs, and/or to undergo imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues after notice shall constitute a separate offense.