City of Bradford, PA
Mckean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Bradford 11-25-2014 by Ord. No. 3255. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Property maintenance — See Ch. 163.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Alternative Dispute Resolution Ordinance of The City of Bradford, McKean County, Pennsylvania."
The purpose of this chapter is to provide for a mechanism by means of issuance of tickets rather than citation to permit a citizen who believes he may have been in violation to pay the ticket rather than cause the issuance of a citation and a costly and protracted legal hearing before a Judge and unnecessary appeals. The resolution in this manner is beneficial from a two-fold perspective in that it permits the City to maintain and enforce its laws and permits a citizen so accused to resolve the dispute in a manner that does not unduly burden the resident by requiring the issuance of a citation and a court hearing. It also does not deprive the citizen of the right to dispute the ticket and receive the full benefit of procedural and substantive due process of law.
A. 
The provisions of any article so enumerated may be enforced by police officers, code enforcement officers, or any public officer sworn to uphold and enforce the law of the municipality.
B. 
The City Council may, from time to time, change, increase or decrease those sections to be covered under this alternative dispute resolution ordinance by resolution passed at a regular bimonthly City Council meeting from time to time; however, at the time of the adoption of this chapter, the City's Property Maintenance Code[1] is hereby deemed and ordained to be under the jurisdiction of this process, except any fees which will be examined and amended on an annual basis.
[Amended 4-28-2015 by Ord. No. 3225.1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 163, Property Maintenance.
C. 
Any violation of the provisions of any article as enumerated in this chapter may be cause for a notice of violation, violation ticket, or citation to be issued to the violator.
[Amended 4-28-2015 by Ord. No. 3225.1]
A. 
The notice of violation shall be in writing and shall identify the property address, include a clear and concise statement of the violation(s), specify the maximum time frame to take corrective action to bring the property into compliance with the City's Property Maintenance Code[1] and any other laws of the City of Bradford and commonwealth and detail the fine for nonpayment of the ticket within the prescribed time frame.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 163, Property Maintenance.
B. 
The Code Enforcement Official shall serve the notice of violation to the violator by one of the following methods:
(1) 
By handing the notice of violation to the violator.
(2) 
By handing the notice of violation to be served to an adult member of the household or other person in charge of the residence at the residence of the person to be served.
(3) 
By leaving or affixing the notice or violation ticket to the property where the violation exists.
(4) 
By handing the notice of violation to the violator's agent or to the person in charge thereof at any office of usual place of business of the violator.
(5) 
By mailing the notice to the violator's address of record first class mail with a certificate of mailing.
C. 
If the violation is not addressed to the satisfaction of the Code Enforcement Officer within the allotted number of days from the issuance of the notice of violation, the Code Enforcement Official shall issue a violation ticket to the violator consistent with the service of process described in § 212-4B above. The violation ticket shall be in writing and shall identify the property address, include a clear and concise statement of the violation(s), specify the maximum time frame to take corrective action to bring the property into compliance with the City's Property Maintenance Code[2] and other state and local codes and detail the fine for the nonpayment of the ticket within the prescribed time frame.
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 163, Property Maintenance.
A person in receipt of a violation ticket shall have 10 days within which time to pay the amount stated on the ticket. In the event the ticket is not paid within 10 days, such failure to pay shall result in the issuance of a criminal citation for the offense with the local District Justice.
A. 
For the first offense of the violation of this article within a twelve-month period, the tickets shall be issued in the amount of $35.
B. 
For the second offense of the violation of this article within a twelve-month period, the tickets shall be issued in the amount of $50.
C. 
For the third offense of the violation of this article within a twelve-month period, the tickets shall be issued in the amount of $100.
D. 
For the fourth offense and all subsequent offenses of the violation of this article within a twelve-month period, the ticket shall be issued in the amount of $300.
In addition to imposing a fine and costs and or imprisonment as enumerated under the section allegedly violated the magisterial district court judge may order the violator upon conviction to make restitution to any aggrieved person.