[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Larksville 5-1-1972 by Ord. No. 3-1972 (Ch. 123 of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BUSINESS BUILDING
- Any structure, whether public or private, that is adapted for occupancy for transaction of business, for rendering of professional service, for amusement, for the display, sale or storage of goods, wares or merchandise or for the performance of work or labor, including hotels, apartment buildings, tenement houses, rooming houses, office buildings, public buildings, stores, theaters, markets, restaurants, grain elevators, abattoirs, warehouses, workshops, factories and all outhouses, sheds, barns and other structures on premises used for business purposes.
- HEALTH OFFICER
- The Superintendent, Commissioner or Director of Health or any duly authorized representative.
- The individual, partnership or corporation that uses or occupies any business building or part or fraction thereof, whether the actual owner, agent or custodian, shall have the responsibility as "occupant."
- The actual owner, agent or custodian of the business building, whether individual, partnership or corporation. The lessee shall be construed as the "owner" for the purpose of this chapter when business building agreements hold the lessee responsible for maintenance and repairs.
- RAT ERADICATION
- The elimination or extermination of rats within buildings by any or all of the accepted measures, such as poisoning, fumigation, trapping and clubbing.
- RAT HARBORAGE
- Any condition which provides shelter or protection for rats, thus favoring their multiplication and continued existence in, under or outside of any structure.
It is hereby ordained and required that all business buildings in the Borough of Larksville shall be freed of rats and maintained in a rat-free condition to the satisfaction of the Health Officer.
Whenever the Health Officer notifies the occupant or occupants of a business building in writing that there is evidence of rat infestation of the building, said occupant or occupants shall immediately institute rat-eradication measures and shall continuously maintain such measures in a satisfactory manner until the premises are declared by the Health Officer to be free of rat infestation. Unless said measures are undertaken within five days after receipt of notice, it shall be construed as a violation of the provisions of this chapter, and the occupant shall be held responsible therefor.
From and after passage of this chapter, the Health Officer is empowered to make unannounced inspections of the interior and exterior of business buildings to determine full compliance with this chapter.
All food and feed within the Borough of Larksville for feeding chickens, cows, pigs, horses and other animals shall be stored in rat-free and ratproof containers, compartments or rooms, unless stored in a ratproof building.
Within the corporate limits of the Borough of Larksville, all garbage or refuse consisting of waste animal or vegetable matter upon which rats may feed, and all small dead animals, shall be placed and stored until collected in covered metal containers of a type prescribed by the Health Officer. It is further declared unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to dump or place on any premises, land or waterway any dead animals or waste vegetable or animal matter of any kind.
It shall be unlawful for any person to place, leave, dump, or permit to accumulate any garbage, rubbish, or trash in any building or on any premises, improved or vacant, or on any open lot or alley in the Borough of Larksville so that same shall or may afford food or harborage for rats.
It shall be unlawful for any person to permit to accumulate on any premises, improved or vacant, or on any open lot or alley in the Borough of Larksville any lumber, boxes, barrels, bottles, cans, containers or similar materials that may be permitted to remain thereon, unless same shall be placed on open racks that are elevated not less than 18 inches above the ground, and evenly piled or stacked.
[Amended 10-12-1983 by Ord. No. 5-1983; 12-30-1987 by Ord. No. 3-1987]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provisions of this chapter shall, upon summary conviction before the Magisterial District Judge, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 and costs of prosecution and, in default of said payment of such fine and costs, be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Each day's violation shall constitute a separate offense.