Township of Allegheny, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Allegheny 12-8-1986 as §§ 5.31 to 5.34 of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person, firm or corporation owning or occupying any property within the Township of Allegheny 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 six 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 Township 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 Township.
It shall be the duty of all property owners, tenants or occupiers within the Township of Allegheny to regularly cut and mow the grass and weeds on their respective lots and in the space between property line and curbline in front and in the rear and along side thereof, so that neither grass nor weeds shall rise above the height of six inches, and every such owner, occupier or tenant shall remove said cuttings or mowings and all accumulations of garbage and rubbish and other debris from said premises. The growth of grass or weeds above the height of six inches or the accumulation of garbage and rubbish and other debris, or the nonremoval of same, is hereby declared to be a nuisance.
Should such person fail or neglect to comply with any of the terms of this chapter, any resident or residents of the Township who may consider themselves aggrieved or about to be injured by such neglect or refusal may notify in writing any constable, policeman or Supervisor of the Township, giving the location of the land and the name and address of the owner, tenant or occupier so refusing or neglecting. Upon receipt of such notice, the Supervisors shall give five days' written notice to such person or persons to cut and destroy such weeds or grass. Said notice shall be served personally by a Township official or policeman if the owner or tenant resides upon the land in question or within the Township. If such owner or tenant shall not be serveable, as aforesaid, the notice shall be mailed to the last known address of the owner or his agent and the five-day period shall run from the date of posting thereof.
Should such person fail or refuse to heed said notice by the end of said five-day period, the Supervisors, personally or by employees or agents, shall enter upon said premises and cut down and destroy such weeds, and the Supervisors, in the name of the Township of Allegheny, shall be entitled to recover from such person owning or holding land the cost thereof, together with any additional penalty authorized by law in the manner provided by law.
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate or fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a District Justice under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense. Notice to the offender shall not be necessary in order to constitute an offense.