[Ord. 626, 7/14/1975, § 1; as amended by A.O.]
No person, firm or corporation, owning or occupying any property within the Borough of Renovo 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 or noxious 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 Borough 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 Borough.
It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly cause grass clippings, leaves, or other debris or waste produced in conjunction with yard maintenance or gardening onto the streets, alleys, sidewalks and other public roads of the Borough of Renovo. A property owner is responsible to ensure that any persons hired to cut their grass or maintain their yard abide by this Part. Any grass or waste which inadvertently is caused to enter the streets or alleys of the Borough shall be promptly removed; there is no "grace period" within which to remove grass or leaves.
[Ord. 626, 7/14/1975, § 2]
The owner of any premises, as to vacant premises or premises occupied by the owner, and the occupant thereof, in case of premises occupied by other than the owner thereof, shall remove, trim or cut all grass, weeds or other vegetation growing or remaining upon such premises in violation of the provisions of § 10-101 of this Part.
[Ord. 626, 7/14/1975, § 3; as amended by A.O.]
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 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 § 10-101 of this Part, directing and requiring such occupant to remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or vegetation, so as to conform to the requirements of this Part, within 48 hours after issuance of such notice. In case any person, firm or corporation shall neglect, fail or refuse to comply with such notice, within the time stated therein, the Borough shall have the authority to remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds, or vegetation, and the cost thereof, plus 10%, may be collected by the Borough from such person, firm or corporation, in the manner provided by law.
[Ord. 626, 7/14/1975, § 4; as amended by A.O.]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs together with reasonable attorney fees and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. 722, 10/13/1997, § 1; as amended by A.O.]
As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
- Owner for the purpose of this Part when the lessor holds the lessee responsible for maintenance and repairs.
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- Any type of mechanical device, propelled by a motor, in which persons or property may be transported upon public streets or highways, and including trailers, semitrailers or campers pulled thereby.
- Any condition, structure, or improvement which shall constitute a danger or potential danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of the Borough of Renovo.
- The actual owner, agent or custodian of the property on which motor vehicles are stored, whether individual or partnership, association, or corporation.
- A natural person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, or legal entity.
[Ord. 722, 10/13/1997, § 2]
It shall be unlawful for any person, owner or lessee to maintain a motor vehicle nuisance upon the open private grounds of such person, owner or lessee within the Borough of Renovo. A motor vehicle nuisance shall include any motor vehicle which is unable to move under its own power and has any of the following physical defects:
Broken windshields, mirrors or other glass, with sharp edges.
One or more flat or open tires or tubes which could permit vermin harborage.
Missing doors, windows, hood, trunk or other body parts which could permit animal harborage.
Any body parts with sharp edges including holes resulting from rust.
Missing tires resulting in unsafe suspension of the motor vehicle.
Upholstery which is torn or open which could permit animal and/or vermin harborage.
Broken head-lamps or tail-lamps with sharp edges.
Disassembled chassis parts apart from the motor vehicle stored in a disorderly fashion or loose in or on the vehicle.
Protruding sharp objects from the chassis.
Broken vehicle frame suspended from the ground in an unstable manner.
Leaking or damaged oil pan or gas tank which could cause fire or explosion.
Exposed battery containing acid.
Inoperable locking mechanism for doors or trunk.
Open or damaged floor boards including trunk and firewall.
Damaged bumpers pulled away from the perimeter of vehicle.
Broken grill with protruding edges.
Loose or damaged metal trim and clips.
Broken communication equipment antennae.
Suspended on unstable supports.
Such other defects which could threaten the health, safety and welfare of the citizen of the Borough of Renovo.
[Ord. 722, 10/13/1997, § 3; as amended by Ord. No. 806, 9/9/2020]
Any person, owner or lessee who has one or more motor vehicle nuisances as defined in § 10-202 above may store such vehicle(s) in the Borough of Renovo only in strict compliance with the regulations provided herein. The motor vehicle nuisance(s) must be stored within a garage, pop-up garage, carport, or other enclosed building or outside within an opaque fence at least six feet high which is locked at all times when unattended.
[Ord. 722, 10/13/1997, § 4]
The Renovo Borough Code Enforcement Officer is hereby empowered to inspect private property on which motor vehicles are stored to determine if there is compliance with the provisions of this Part. If noncompliance with the provisions of this Part constitutes a nuisance, or if any condition, structure, or improvement poses a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of the public, he shall issue a written notice to be served by registered or certified mail upon the owner of said premises or, if the owner's whereabouts or identity be unknown, by posting the notice conspicuously upon the offending premise.
Said notice shall specify the condition or structure or improvement complained of, and shall require the owner to commence to remove or otherwise rectify the condition or structure or improvement as set forth therein within 10 days of mailing or posting of said notice, and thereafter, to fully comply with the requirements of the notice within a reasonable time.
[Ord. 722, 10/13/1997, § 5]
If the owner of grounds on which motor vehicles are stored does not comply with the notice to abate the nuisance, within the time limit prescribed, the Borough of Renovo shall have the authority to take measures to correct the conditions and collect the cost of such corrections plus 10% of all costs. The Borough of Renovo, in such event and pursuant to its statutory or otherwise authorized police powers, shall have the right and power to enter upon the offending premises to accomplish the foregoing.
[Ord. 722, 10/13/1997, § 6]
Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Renovo Borough Code Enforcement Officer may request and shall then be granted a hearing before the Renovo Borough Council; provided, he files with the Renovo Borough Council within 10 days after notice of the Renovo Borough Code Enforcement Officer's decision, a written petition requesting such hearing and setting forth a brief statement of the grounds therefor. The hearing shall commence not later than 30 days after the date on which the petition was filed unless postponed for sufficient cause.
After such hearing, the Renovo Borough Council shall sustain, modify or overrule the action of the Renovo Borough Code Enforcement Officer.
[Ord. 722, 10/13/1997, § 7; as amended by A.O.]
Any person who, shall violate any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs together with reasonable attorney fees and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. 722, 10/13/1997, § 8]
The remedies provided herein for the enforcement of this Part, or any remedy provided by law, shall not be deemed mutually exclusive; rather they may be employed simultaneously or consecutively, at the option of the Renovo Borough Council.