[HISTORY; Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Borough of Strahan 3-1-2021 by Ord. No. 2021-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future tense, words in the plural include the singular, and words in the singular include the plural.
- A stove, refrigerator, television set, furnace, air conditioner, water heater, water softener, washer, dryer, microwave or any household article used to perform any of the necessary domestic work in a household. The term appliance shall also mean any article used in business to increase production or to speed, ease, or eliminate work, including but not limited to the specific items aforementioned.
- ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE
- A nuisance that is dangerous or hazardous to young children because of their inability to appreciate peril and may reasonably be expected to attract them to personal or real property.
- BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
- The Board of Supervisors of Straban Township.
- DANGEROUS STRUCTURE
- Any building or structure which is in such a dilapidated condition that it is unfit for human habitation or kept in such an unsanitary condition that it is a menace to the health of persons residing in the vicinity thereof, or is in a condition that presents a fire hazard.
- Any item resting for 48 hours outdoors, or in an area that is not fully enclosed, which is not designed for outdoor use or which is not being used outdoors for its intended purpose.
- HOUSEHOLD FURNISHINGS
- All items normally found and used in a home or residence.
- Inoperable, obsolete, or abandoned items that are, being stripped of components, being used or sold for parts, to be sold for scrap, or not being used for their intended purpose.
- The unreasonable, unwarranted, or unlawful use of public or private property which causes injury, damage, hurt, inconvenience, annoyance, or discomfort to any person or resident in the legitimate enjoyment of his reasonable rights of person or property including, but not limited to:
- A. The presence of junk, trash or debris including but not limited to all waste, refuse and discarded materials having only a junk or salvage value, and garbage or waste not contained in a safe sanitary and orderly manner in a proper container for collection.
- B. The presence of abandoned, discarded or unused: equipment, appliances, household furnishings, or other objects.
- C. Maintaining or causing to be maintained upon any unenclosed porch or exterior attachment, furniture, other than furniture designed for exterior use, which is commonly intended for use inside a dwelling including but not limited to upholstered sofas, chairs, davenports, beds, divans and similar items.
- D. Maintaining or allowing any dangerous structures, including but not limited to abandoned, occupied, or unoccupied buildings or parts of buildings.
- E. Maintaining or allowing any building to be unsecured.
- F. Trees, shrubs, hedges, or other vegetation overhanging sidewalks or other pedestrian walkways at a height less than eight feet.
- G. Trees, shrubs, or other vegetation overhanging a road right-of-way at a height of less than 16 feet measured from the street surface at the curb or edge of roadway.
- H. Garbage, garbage containers, trash, recycle containers or yard waste containers, placed in the public right-of-way except for the 24 hours immediately prior to the regularly scheduled collection of trash. However, in the event that a property owner, whose garbage collection occurs at the street frontage, does not have access to the rear yard of the property by any means other than through the interior of the structure on the property, the property owner may make application to the Board of Supervisors for an exemption from the requirement, that garbage containers remain out of the public right-of-way. An exemption shall only be granted if the property owner is able to ensure that: (1) the placement of the garbage container will not obstruct a clear path of no less than four feet, (2) the garbage container will not be placed in the cartway, and (3) the garbage container will be covered tightly with a lid at all times and will remain in good condition. Under no circumstance shall loose or bagged trash be permitted in the public right-of-way or front yard of a property except for the 24 hours immediately prior to the regularly scheduled collection of trash.
- I. Maintaining or allowing the improper disposal of sewage and wastewater in a manner that does not conform to local ordinance or regulation, or state or federal law.
- J. Maintaining or allowing more than one unregistered or uninspected motor vehicle and/or motor vehicle subject to one or more of the following defects:
- (1) Broken windshields, mirrors, or other glass or plastic with sharp edges including broken headlamps or tail lamps.
- (2) Missing doors, windows, hoods, trunks, or other body parts or one or more flat or open tires or tubes that could permit or facilitate harboring of animals and/or infestation.
- (3) Any body parts with sharp edges, including holes resulting from rust, broken grill with protruding edges, loose or damaged metal trim and clips, broken communications equipment and antenna.
- (4) Missing tires resulting in unsafe suspension of the motor vehicle including suspension on unstable supports.
- (5) Disassembled chassis parts apart from the motor vehicle stored in an unsafe fashion or loose, in or on the vehicle including protruding sharp objects from the chassis.
- (6) Damaged bumpers pulled away from the perimeter of the vehicle.
- (7) Any such other defect that may threaten the health, safety, and/or welfare of the citizens of the Township.
- (a) Exemption: A classic or antique vehicle under restoration is exempt, but such vehicle may not be stored in the front yard of the property.
- K. Street obstructions. It shall be unlawful to allow the storing, depositing, or placement of obstructions on or adjoining any highway, street, or road, such as dumpsters, portable toilets, basketball goals, yard waste, branches, or leaf piles not during collection weeks. Any materials on the street in front of a premises shall be removed and streets cleaned within 24 hours, unless approved and permitted by Township.
- L. Vehicle-related discharge. It shall be unlawful to allow the storing or depositing on or adjoining any highway, street, or road, vehicle fuel, lubricant leaks or spills, radiators, coolants, hydraulic, liquid related to automotive. Any materials on the street in front of the premises shall be removed and streets cleaned within 24 hours, unless approved and permitted by Township.
- M. Sidewalk obstructions. It shall be unlawful for any person to place on the public sidewalks of the Township any structure or object which may potentially represent a hazard or obstruction to any able-bodied or disabled person traversing any portion of such public sidewalk. This section shall not apply to items left on public sidewalks for refuse or recycling collection or obstruction for less than 24 hours.
- N. Parking of abandoned vehicles and other prohibited motor vehicles. It shall be unlawful to park any non-licensed, unregistered, or uninspected vehicles, or any type of off-road equipment along the highways, streets, or roads.
- (1) Exemption: Trailers connected to tow vehicles may be parked for loading or unloading for no more than 48 hours. Contractors' construction trucks and trailers, dumpsters, and other equipment may be parked for more than 24 hours, but only if approved by the Township.
- O. Safety or protective devices. It shall be unlawful to allow or permit any construction equipment, dumpsters, excavated material, or obstruction, on or adjoining any highway, street, or road, to remain opened or exposed without the same being secured by warning and safety devices such as lights or reflective materials, barricades, temporary fences, or other protective materials. When dumpsters and bins are not in use, the lids shall be closed.
- P. Sports equipment and personal activity. The permanent or temporary erection of poles, basketball backboards and hoops, hockey or soccer nets, and/or other recreational or sporting equipment on the street, sidewalks, or within street right-of-way of Straban Township is prohibited. The playing of basketball, soccer, hockey, or any sports activity on the streets or sidewalks located within Straban Township is strictly prohibited. The Township may remove or relocate any sports equipment that is a nuisance within the street, sidewalks or right-of-way for the protection of the public and property.
- Q. Unmanned aerial or ground vehicles. It shall be unlawful to operate on or above streets, any remote-control cars, planes, or any other remote-control recreational toy or vehicle. Operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) must abide by all federal and state regulations, and the operator of any UAV or UGV must have permission of underlining property owner when operated from surface to 500 feet above ground level (AGL).
- R. The emission of noxious fumes, gas, smoke, ashes, or soot in such quantities as to render occupancy of property dangerous to a person of ordinary sensibilities.
- S. The accumulation of, or improper disposal of animal waste, the improper disposal of the carcasses of animal or fowl, and all disagreeable and obnoxious odors or stenches, as well as the conditions which give rise to the omission or generation of said odor and stenches.
- T. Dead or dying trees or other vegetation that may cause a hazardous situation if they fall.
- U. Any accumulation of stagnant water.
- V. An attractive nuisance.
- W. All byproduct of waste fuels, chemicals, and other products shall be properly disposed of.
- X. Right-of-way maintenance. All trees and vegetation must be trimmed and maintained adjacent to and above streets, sidewalks, and rights-of-way, in accordance with the Township Zoning Ordinance.
- Y. Yard waste on Township streets. It shall be unlawful to knowingly cause grass clippings, leaves, mud, or other debris or waste produced in conjunction with yard maintenance, gardening and/or yard work or construction, onto the streets, alleys and other public roads of the Township.
- Z. Animals. It shall be unlawful for any person owning or possessing any animal to permit the same to run at large. "Running at large" shall be defined to be the presence of an animal at any place except upon the premises of the owner, or upon the premises of another with the consent of the owner of such premises. An animal shall not be considered running at large if it is on a leash or under control of a person physically able to control it. It shall also be unlawful to keep an animal that constitutes a nuisance in terms of noise, health, or safety hazards.
- Any individual, firm, corporation, trust, association, partnership, or other legal entity which alone, or jointly or severally with others, holds legal or equitable title to the Rental unit (the plural use indicates each and every owner), land, or real property.
- A natural person, firm, partnership, company, association, trust, corporation, or other legal entity. The singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular; and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter, whatever appropriate.
- PORCH or EXTERIOR ATTACHMENT
- Any area attached to or appended to a building regularly used for dwelling.
- Straban Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
It shall be unlawful for any person to create, maintain or allow any condition which is a nuisance.
Abatement of nuisance by owner, occupant, or person responsible. Whenever a nuisance is found to exist the owner or occupant of the property upon which such nuisance exists or the person causing or maintaining the nuisance shall be provided with written notice as provided for herein to abate the nuisance. The nuisance shall be abated by the owner, occupant, or person causing the nuisance, as applicable, within the time required in the notice.
Abatement of nuisance by Township. In the event the owner, occupant, or person causing the nuisance, as applicable, shall fail to abate said nuisance, the Township shall take such actions as it deems necessary to abate said nuisance without liability for damage that may result from the abatement. The actual costs of abating said nuisance, including but not limited to actual labor charges, equipment, rental charges, administrative overhead, postage, plus a penalty of 10% of the costs and attorney's fees, shall be collected from the owner of the property either by an action in assumpsit or by the filing of a municipal claim or lien against the said real property. In addition to the above, the Township may, at its sole discretion, by an action in equity, compel the owner to comply with this chapter or seek other relief as a court may order.
Whenever a condition constituting a nuisance is permitted or maintained in the Township, the Code Enforcement Official, or designee thereof, shall cause written notice to be served in one of the following manners:
By personal delivery of the notice to the owner, occupant, or person causing the nuisance, as applicable;
By leaving the notice with an adult upon real property upon which a nuisance exists;
By posting a copy of the notice on a door at the entrance of any building and/or structure located on real property upon which a nuisance exists; or
By mailing by certified mail, a notice to the last known address of an owner, occupant, or person causing the nuisance, as applicable.
Such notice shall be in writing and include the following:
A description of the real property sufficient for identification, upon which the nuisance exists.
A statement of the condition or conditions that constitute a nuisance and why the notice is being issued.
A correction order allowing a reasonable time to abate the nuisance.
A statement informing the Owner, occupant, or person causing a nuisance that if it becomes necessary for the Township to abate the nuisance, the Township may file a municipal lien against the applicable real property in accordance with the Municipal Claims Act, 53 P.S. § 7101 et seq.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the violator has not abated or removed the nuisance within the time period for the removal set forth in the notice, the Code Enforcement Official or a designee thereof may initiate proceedings against such violator in the office of the appropriate magisterial district justice. The Code Enforcement Official or his designee(s) are hereby duly authorized to issue a ticket in a form established by the Township to any owner, occupant, or person causing a nuisance, as applicable, violating the provisions of this chapter. The ticket shall identify the address of the property where the violation exists, as well as the nature of the violation. The ticket may either be handed to an owner or occupant of the property or may be affixed to a door on the property where the violation exists fronting a right-of-way or conspicuously posted on the property. The ticket shall instruct the violator that if the violator reports to the Township Office and pays to the Township the sum of $100 within 10 days of the date of issuance of the ticket, then such payment shall save such violator from prosecution by a citation, which prosecution may result in court costs and attorney fees being assessed against the violator in addition to the fine. In any event, if a ticket is not paid in full within 10 days of issuance, the Code Official or his designee(s) may issue a citation to the violator. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Code Official or his designee(s) shall have the sole and absolute discretion to issue a citation without first issuing a ticket as provided for herein.
Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall upon conviction thereof be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 for each violation plus costs of prosecution, including but not limited to reasonable attorney fees and restitution (in the event that the Township has abated the nuisance), or upon default of payment of fines, costs and/or restitution, by imprisonment for a period not to exceed 10 days.
Each day shall constitute a new and separate violation of this chapter.
The remedies provided herein for the enforcement of this chapter and/or any other remedy, at law and/or in equity, available to the Township under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall not be deemed mutually exclusive but rather each remedy may be employed simultaneously or consecutively at the sole discretion of the Township.