[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Patton 5-20-1955 by Ord. No. 2; amended in its entirety 9-8-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-437. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person or municipality shall cause or permit to exist upon public lands, or lands which are leased or occupied, any nuisance, including but not limited to accumulations of garbage and rubbish, the outside storage of any motor vehicle(s) not bearing current and valid inspection and registration stickers, junk, the carrying on of offensive manufacturing or business, the maintenance of a building structure built or located in violation of the provisions of Chapter 62, Building Construction, relating to buildings and other structures within the Township and excavation incident thereto, except junkyards as licensed by and in conformance with Chapter 92, Junkyards. However, nothing contained herein shall be construed to hinder the development of natural resources or the establishment of an industrial plant or plants for the processing of the same in Patton Township. (See Chapter 92, Junkyards, § 92-2, Definitions and interpretations.)
Upon the discovery of the initial violation on a premises, the authorized agent of the Township shall give a written notice of warning to the owner and/or occupant of such violation. The owner and/or occupant shall then have 72 hours to abate such violation.
After a period of no less than 72 hours after the issuance of the warning notice, the Township's authorized agent may inspect the premises for compliance with this chapter.
If, after the 72 hours’ warning time, the Township's authorized agent observes the premises to be in violation, an ordinance violation notice shall be issued to the owner and/or occupant either by personal delivery, by the United State mail directed to the last known address, or by posting the violation notice upon the premises where such violation occurs. Each twenty-four-hour period shall constitute a separate violation, and an ordinance violation notice may be issued every 24 hours.
Upon discovery of a subsequent violation on a specific premises, similar in nature to a prior violation that may have been abated, and occurring within 90 days of said prior violation, an ordinance violation notice shall be issued to the owner and/or occupant in the manner prescribed above. Each twenty-four-hour period shall constitute a separate violation, and an ordinance violation notice may be issued every 24 hours.
[Added 2-24-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-569]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection B(2) as Subsection B(3).
If such owner and/or occupant shall, within seven days after the delivery, mailing or leaving of such violation notice, pay to the Treasurer of the Township the sum of $35 for the violation and have abated the violation, the same will constitute full satisfaction for the violation noted in said notice. The failure of such person to make payment, as aforesaid, within seven days and/or abate the violation shall render such owner and/or occupant subject to the penalties as provided for in § 107-3, Violations and penalties.
[Amended 2-24-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-569]
A person, firm, association or corporation having the duty to remove a nuisance under the provisions of this chapter shall, upon failure to do so within a reasonable time after notice has been given by the Township Manager, Zoning Officer, police officer, Code Enforcement Officer, Health Officer or Building Inspector, be liable to the Township for the costs of the removal of such nuisance. Also, upon conviction thereof, in a proceeding commenced before a magisterial district judge pursuant to the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to a fine of not less than $35 nor more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, provided each day's violation shall constitute a separate offense and notice to the offender shall not be necessary in order to constitute an offense.