[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Verona 1-14-1969 by Ord. No. 1-1969; amended in its entirety 9-16-1999 by Ord. No. 4-1999 (Ch. X, Part 2, of the 1976 Code of Ordinances). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Property maintenance — See Ch. 174.
No person, firm or corporation owning or occupying any property within the Borough of Verona shall permit any poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac or any other similar noxious and harmful weed to remain growing nor shall he or it permit any grass or other weeds or other vegetation whatsoever, not edible or planted for some useful or ornamental purpose, to grow or to 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 Borough in violation of any of the provisions of this section is hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to the 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 and cut all such vegetation growing or remaining upon such premises in violation of the provisions of the first section of this chapter.
[Amended 1-14-1969 by Ord. No. 1-1969; 9-16-1999 by Ord. No. 4-1999]
If the owner or occupant, as the case may be, of any premises whereupon a violation of this chapter has occurred does not comply with the requirements of this chapter within 10 days of the conviction thereof or entering of a guilty plea, the Borough shall have the authority to remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or vegetation, and the cost thereof, together with any additional penalty authorized by law, may be collected by the Borough from such owner or occupant in the manner provided by law.
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any provision of this chapter or shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any of the provisions thereof shall, upon conviction thereof or entering of a guilty plea, be sentenced to pay a fine of $50 and costs of prosecution, provided that each day's violation shall constitute a separate offense.
The Borough of Verona hereby increases the penalty for failure to clear the sidewalk within the time proscribed in the chapter regulating same from $25 to $50, provided the fine is paid within five days of the date the notice of violation is received. Failure to pay the fine within the five days shall result in a citation being filed which shall proceed to the magisterial district court. Payments of the violation shall be made at the Borough Manager's office by check or money order during regular business hours. No cash will be accepted. Payments sent by mail shall be deemed the date the envelope is postmarked by the United States Post Office.
[Added 1-13-2015 by Ord. No. 03-2015]