Borough of Zelienople, PA
Butler County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Zelienople as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 93.
Zoning — See Ch. 280.
[Adopted 3-22-1907 by Ord. No. 57 (Ch. 25, Part 1A, of the 1995 Code)]

§ 252-1 Certain species of trees not permitted along or near streets and alleys; violations and penalties.

[Amended 5-13-1974 by Ord. No. 509; 12-11-1995 by Ord. No. 715]
Hereafter it shall be unlawful for any person to plant along or upon any street or alley in the Borough or in close proximity thereto any tree of the species known as Carolina poplar, or any other tree of similar species having a rapidly growing and wide-spreading root system. At any time hereafter, when in the judgment of the Borough Council any such tree now growing upon and along any street or alley or in close proximity thereto is deemed and judged to be injurious and detrimental to the municipal property, the Council may declare the same to be a nuisance and shall notify the owner of the property upon, along or fronting which such tree shall be growing, to remove such tree or to kill the roots thereof within 10 days after such notice, and if such property owner shall fail to do so within such time limit, the Borough may cause the same to be done and shall collect the cost of such work of removal of the trees or killing the roots, with an additional amount of 10% from such defaulting property owner. Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall, for each and every such violation, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. Any fine and costs of prosecution imposed under this article may be in addition to the cost of removal of a tree or the killing of the roots thereof, and an additional amount of 10% collected under this article.
[Adopted 5-13-1974 by Ord. No. 543 (Ch. 25, Part 1B, of the 1995 Code)]

§ 252-2 Definitions and interpretation.

A. 
The following words, as used in this article, shall have the meanings hereby respectively ascribed thereto:
PERSON
Any natural person, partnership, association, firm or corporation.
STREET
Any public street, alley or other way intended for vehicular traffic.
B. 
In this article, the singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular, and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.

§ 252-3 Property owners to trim trees along streets; clearance over street and sidewalk.

It shall be the duty of every person in the Borough owning real estate in the Borough to trim and keep the branches, limbs and foliage of all trees growing upon such property or growing along any street in the Borough in front of or alongside such property, so that:
A. 
No part of such tree or its branches, limbs or foliage shall interfere with any electric, telephone, telegraph or other wire.
B. 
No part of any limb, branch or foliage shall be lower than 8 1/2 feet directly above the surface of the sidewalk or 14 feet above the roadway or gutter of any street.

§ 252-4 Authority for Borough to trim trees of defaulting property owner.

If any person shall fail, neglect or refuse to trim the branches of any tree upon or along his property, as required by § 252-3 of this article, within five days after notice from the Borough Council to do so, the Council shall have authority to trim the same or to cause the same to be trimmed and to collect the cost of such work, with an additional amount of 10%, from the defaulting property owner, which may be in addition to the fine and costs imposed under § 252-5.

§ 252-5 Penalty for failure to trim trees following notice.

[Amended 10-14-1991 by Ord. No. 668; 12-11-1995 by Ord. No. 715]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. The fine and costs of prosecution hereby imposed may be in addition to the cost of work and additional amounts imposed in § 252-4 of this article.