[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Folcroft 4-19-2005 by Ord. No. 972 (Ch. 11, Part 2, of the 2006 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Property maintenance — See Ch. 457.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- DISORDERLY HOUSE
- Any house, room or premises where frequent requests for police service for noise, assaults, batteries, drinking of intoxicating beverages, illegal drug usage and/or sale, loitering, gaming or other misbehavior can be documented.
- FREQUENT REQUESTS FOR POLICE SERVICE
- More than three responses to the same address in the preceding sixty-day period.
It shall be unlawful for any property owner, lessee or tenant to maintain, keep, lease or allow a disorderly house, room or other premises in the Borough of Folcroft.
Any such disorderly house, room or other premises that shall be disruptive to the peace and well-being of the surrounding and greater community is declared to be a public nuisance.
[Amended 11-21-2006 by Ord. No. 990; 8-20-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-05]
After the third incident as defined above, the Chief of Police, or his authorized designee, shall, within five days, notify the property resident or owner, in writing, by either certified mail, posting, or personal service of the Borough's intent to initiate charges with the Magisterial District Judge, and the Chief of Police shall proceed forthwith to initiate such charges.
[Amended 11-21-2006 by Ord. No. 990]
Any person and/or legal entity including, but not limited to, the keeper, all parties connected with the maintenance of the disorderly house, and all parties patronizing or frequenting same, found guilty under the provisions of this chapter, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.
Upon a conviction under the terms of this chapter, the Borough may revoke the occupancy permit of any house or premises found to be a disorderly house.