[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Brentwood 3-2-1982 as Ch. X, Part 3, of the 1982 Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Property maintenance — See Ch. 162.
[Amended 2-4-1997 by Ord. No. 1091; 2-28-2009 by Ord. No. 1175]
No person, firm or corporation owning or occupying any property within the Borough of Brentwood 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.
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 § 82-1 of this chapter.
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 § 82-1 of this chapter, directing and requiring such occupant to remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or vegetation, so as to conform to the requirements of this chapter, within five days after issuance of such notice. In case any person, firm or corporation shall neglect, fail or refuse to comply with such notice within the period of time stated therein the Borough authorities may remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or vegetation and the cost thereof, together with any additional penalty authorized by the law, may be collected by the Borough from such person, firm or corporation, in the manner provided by law.
Within 15 days after abating the nuisance as herein provided, the Borough Secretary shall prepare and submit to the Solicitor a statement including the following:
The name of the registered owner of the land on which the nuisance existed.
A description of the property.
When and how the notice provided for herein was given, together with a copy of said notice.
Date of commencement and completion of work by the Borough Street Commissioner to abate the nuisance.
Kind and character of work done and expense incurred thereby.
Based upon the statement furnished by the Borough Secretary as herein provided, the Solicitor of the Borough of Brentwood shall prepare and file in the name of the Borough of Brentwood a municipal claim, as provided by law, against the land from which the noxious weeds, plants or growths were destroyed and the nuisance abated.
[Amended 2-4-1997 by Ord. No. 1091]
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution or, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to undergo imprisonment for not more than 30 days, provided that each day's violation shall constitute a separate offense and notice to the offender shall not be necessary in order to constitute an offense.