Township of Peters, PA
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of Peters Township 3-22-1982 by Ord. No. 252 (Ch. 10, Part 1, of the 1981 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Littering — See Ch. 257.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 315.
Solid waste — See Ch. 363.
No person, partnership, firm or corporation shall deposit, leave or cause to be left or accumulated on any street, land, highway, alley, vacant lot, stream, creek or other watercourse, or any other public or private property within Peters Township, any garbage, rubbish, waste materials, old building materials, litter and debris of any kind, junked, scrapped, dilapidated or outworn construction equipment or automobile parts, all of which are hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to the health, safety and environment.
No person, partnership, firm or corporation shall permit the following growths and vegetation which are hereby declared to be a detriment to the health, safety and environment of Peters Township:
Poison ivy, oak, and other toxic vegetation.
All dead, dying or diseased trees or parts thereof, whose existence pose a hazard to persons or property in the vicinity.
This section shall not apply to land which is zoned for agricultural use and actively farmed, provided there is no impact to public streets or rights-of-way.
[Amended 11-28-2016 by Ord. No. 809[1]]
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided an effective date of 1-1-2017.
No person, partnership, firm or corporation shall cause or allow water of a depth of six inches or greater to become nonflowing, foul, impure or stagnant.
No person, partnership, firm or corporation shall permit property under its ownership or control to become a harborage for or infested with insects, rodents or vermin.
Should any person, partnership, firm or corporation permit or allow any activity or act, including, but not limited to, those specifically mentioned in previous sections of this chapter, that could be detrimental to the health, safety, or general welfare of the residents of Peters Township, such activity can be declared a nuisance to the health and safety by a majority vote of the Council of Peters Township and be restricted or prohibited at its discretion, and enforced as provided for in this part.
Without limitation as to such other legal or equitable remedies the Township may have, the Township Code Enforcement Officer is hereby authorized and directed to give notice by personal service or by United States Mail to the owner or occupant, as the case may be, of any premises where violations of §§ 274-1 through 274-5 exist, directing and requiring such owners or occupants to remove or eliminate such violation within five days after issuance of such notice. If any person, partnership, firm or corporation shall neglect, fail or refuse to comply with such notice, within the period stated herein, such person, partnership, firm or corporation shall be subject to the penalties provided elsewhere in this chapter and, in addition, the Township authorities may remove such deposits, accumulations, harborages or infestations in violation of §§ 274-1 through 274-5 of this chapter, and the costs thereof, together with any additional payment authorized by law, may be collected by the Township from such person, partnership, firm or corporation in the manner provided by law.
[Amended 3-14-2016 by Ord. No. 794]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.