[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Coatesville 5-13-1991 as Ord. No. 880-91. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Council of the City of Coatesville hereby declares that the following constitute public nuisances to be abated in accordance with the provisions herein and the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:
All articles, acts or things whatsoever caused, kept, maintained or permitted by any person to the injury, inconvenience or annoyance of the public; and
All pursuits followed or engaged in or acts done by any person to the injury, annoyance or inconvenience of the public, including the conducting of an otherwise lawful business in a manner which produces annoyance and injury to the public.
It shall be unlawful for any person being the owner or occupier of any lot, tract or parcel of land in the City of Coatesville to cause or permit any nuisance, as defined in this chapter, to be created or remain upon such premises, and it shall be the duty of such owner or occupant to abate and remove any such nuisance and/or cease any activity or pursuit creating such nuisance.
Whenever the Chief of Police and the City Manager of the City of Coatesville shall have determined that a nuisance exists on any city lot, tract or parcel of land or that a nuisance has been created by any activity or pursuit on any such lot, tract or parcel of land, a written notice shall be served upon the owner or occupant or their agent having control thereof to abate such nuisance. This notice shall:
Be in writing.
Set forth the nature of such nuisance and that same constitutes a nuisance existing upon or created upon such property.
Describe the premises where the nuisance is alleged to exist or to have been committed or created.
Specify a period of ten (10) days for the abatement of said nuisance.
Any notice required to be given under the provisions of this chapter may be delivered by any officer or agent of the City of Coatesville or by registered mail addressed to the owner or occupier of the premises upon which the nuisance exists or is created. The date of the receipt of notice, if personally served, or the date indicated on the return receipt, if sent by registered mail, shall be deemed the time of notice.
In the event that such nuisance has not been abated within the period specified, then the Chief of Police and/or City Manager of the City of Coatesville may cause such nuisance to be abated forthwith by any appropriate means or may institute proceedings in a court of equity.
Whenever an emergency is determined by the Chief of Police and the City Manager of the City of Coatesville to exist, which requires immediate action to protect the public health, safety or welfare, the Chief of Police or City Manager may issue an immediate order directing the owner, occupant or other person in charge of the city lot, tract or parcel of land on which such nuisance exists or has been created to take such action as is necessary to correct or abate the emergency.
In addition to the authority given city officials hereinbefore, any refusal on the part of any person or persons duly served with notice shall be deemed a violation of this chapter, and upon conviction of such violation in summary proceedings, such person or persons may be fined not more than six hundred dollars ($600.) or imprisoned for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days, or both. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.
The provisions of this chapter shall not repeal, amend or modify other provisions of the Code of the City of Coatesville relating to the same or similar subject matter.