Borough of Larksville, PA
Luzerne County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Larksville 10-20-2009 by Ord. No. 2-2009. Amendments noted where applicable.]
That a document, three copies of which are on file in the office of the Secretary of the Borough of Larksville, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, being marked and designated as the International Property Maintenance Code, 2009 Edition, as published by the International Code Council, Inc., and any future editions thereof, save and except such portions as are hereinafter deleted, modified or amended, be and is hereby adopted as the Property Maintenance Code of the Borough of Larksville, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for regulating and governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures by providing the standards for supplied utilities and facilities and other physical things and conditions essential to ensure that structures are safe, sanitary and fit for occupation and use, and the condemnation of buildings and structures unfit for human occupancy and use, and the demolition of such existing structures as herein provided, providing for the issuance of permits and collection of fees therefor, and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of said Property Maintenance Code on file in the office of the Secretary of the Borough of Larksville are hereby referred to, adopted, and made a part hereof, as if fully set out in this chapter, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in § 377-2 of this chapter.
The following sections are hereby revised:
A. 
Section 101.1. Insert: Borough of Larksville, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
B. 
Section 103.5. Insert: Fees. The fees for activities and services performed by the department in carrying out its responsibilities under this code shall be as set forth by resolution of Larksville Borough Council, as the same may be amended from time to time by said Council.
C. 
Section 112.4. Insert: Failure to comply. Any person who shall continue any word after having been served with a stop-work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be liable, upon conviction, or civil action judgment, to a fine, or penalty, of not more than $1,000 plus costs, and/or to undergo a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, or both. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed to be and shall constitute a separate offense or violation.
D. 
Section 302.4. Insert: [The first sentence of the first paragraph thereof (all other portions of such section shall remain) shall read as follows]:
Weeds. All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of six inches in height.
E. 
Section 304.14. Insert: Insect screens. During the period from April 1 to October 1, every door, window and other outside opening required for ventilation of habitable rooms, food preparation areas, food service areas or any areas where products to be included or utilized in food for human consumption are processed, manufactured, packaged or stored shall be supplied with approved tightly fitting screens of not less than 16 mesh per inch (16 mesh per 25 mm), and every screen door used for insect control shall have a self-closing device in good working condition.
Exception. Screens shall not be required where other approved means, such as air curtains or insect repellent fans, are employed.
F. 
Section 602.3. Insert: [The first paragraph thereof, prior to "Exceptions" (which shall remain), shall read as follows]:
Heat supply. Every owner and operator of any building who rents, leases or lets one or more dwelling units or sleeping units on terms, either expresses or implied, to furnish heat to the occupants thereof shall supply heat during the period from January 1 to December 31 to maintain a temperature of not less than 68° F. (20° C.) in all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet rooms. The winter outdoor design temperature for the locality shall be as indicated in Appendix D of the International Plumbing Code.
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Section 602.3. Insert: [The first paragraph thereof, prior to "Exceptions" (which shall remain), shall read as follows]:
Occupiable work spaces. Indoor occupiable work spaces shall be supplied with heat during the period from January 1 to December 31 to maintain a temperature of not less than 65° F. (18° C.) during the period the spaces are occupied.
Ordinance No. 10 of 1996 (1987 Code Chapter 121), which adopted the "BOCA National Property Maintenance Code, 5th Edition, 1996," and which made amendments thereto and contained certain other relating thereto and to property maintenance, as well as all other ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith is/are hereby repealed.
If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this chapter is, for any reason, held to be unconstitutional or otherwise unlawful or invalid, such decision or determination shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this chapter. Larksville Borough Council hereby declares that it would have enacted this chapter, and each section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase hereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, sentences, clauses and/or phrases be declared unconstitutional, unlawful or invalid.
Nothing in this chapter or in the Property Maintenance Code hereby adopted shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding impending in any court, or any rights acquired, or liability incurred, or any cause or causes of action acquired or existing, under any act or ordinance hereby repealed as cited in § 377-3 of this chapter; nor shall any just or legal right or remedy of any character be lost, impaired or affected by this chapter.
This chapter shall replace the presently existing Chapter 121 of the 1987 Code of the Borough of Larksville, heretofore adopted and enacted by Larksville Borough Council.
The Secretary of the Borough of Larksville is hereby ordered and directed to cause this chapter to be published in accordance with Section 1006(4) of the Borough Code[1] of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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Editor's Note: See now 8 Pa.C.S.A. § 3301.2.