Borough of Sharon Hill, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Borough of Sharon Hill as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 320.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 325.
[Adopted 11-10-1953 by Ord. No. 770 (Ch. 114, Art. I, of the 1972 Code)]

§ 338-1 Certain species prohibited; interference with sewers.

No trees of the kind known as Lombardy or North Carolina poplars, willows and sycamores shall be planted upon any street or highway within the Borough of Sharon Hill, nor shall any such tree hereafter be planted, maintained or permitted to grow within 50 feet of any public sewer, culvert or drain now constructed or hereafter to be constructed within the Borough, and no tree of any type may be permitted or maintained that interferes with the use of any public way or interferes with any public sewer, drain or culvert now or hereafter constructed.

§ 338-2 Removal of trees interfering with sewers authorized.

The Mayor or the Highway Committee of the Borough of Sharon Hill is hereby authorized to order taken up and removed by proper Borough forces any type of tree now growing or hereafter planted upon any street or highway when such trees interfere with public sewers, drains or culverts.

§ 338-3 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-28-1972 by Ord. No. 1019; 7-14-1988 by Ord. No. 1180]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this article before any Magisterial District Judge shall be sentenced to pay a maximum fine as provided from time to time by state statute, together with costs of prosecution, or to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or both.

§ 338-4 Recovery of Borough costs of removal.

In the event that the Mayor or the Highway Committee shall have any tree prohibited by this article removed by Borough forces, the cost of removal thereof may be recovered by the Borough against the owner of the property upon which said tree was planted, maintained or permitted to grow as other debts are now by law collectible, or a lien may be filed against the premises.
[Adopted 12-28-1972 by Ord. No. 1019]

§ 338-5 Legislative finding and intent.

The Borough Council of the Borough of Sharon Hill hereby finds that road obstructions such as shrubbery, hedges, trees, vegetation, rock walls and fences create highway hazards by interfering with vision and proper sight distance at corners and intersections. It is the aim of the Borough Council to reduce such road hazards caused by the above and similar objects which are responsible for causing property damage, personal injury and fatalities due to vehicular accidents.

§ 338-6 Sight obstructions near intersections prohibited.

No shrubbery, hedge or other natural growth, or fence (except a transparent fence, such as chicken wire, in which the solid area is not more than 5% of the total area of the fence), or wall over three feet higher than the apex at the center line of the street shall be located within the triangular area shown shaded in Sketch A at the intersection of two roads. Nor shall the limbs or foliage on any tree obstruct vision or be permitted to grow nearer to the ground than eight feet where such limbs or foliage overhang or are over or upon land within the triangular area as shown in Sketch A.
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§ 338-7 Enforcement; abatement of violations.

This article shall be administered and enforced by the Borough Superintendent, with the assistance of the Police Department, as follows:
A. 
Upon the determination of the Borough Superintendent or his delegate that a violation exists, the Borough Superintendent shall send a written notice specifying the violation and requiring compliance within 10 days thereafter. Such notice shall be served upon a person of suitable age and discretion in charge of the subject premises, if such a person is available to be served, or mailed to the owner of record of such premises or land at the owner's address as shown on the current Borough tax assessment rolls.
B. 
In the event that the violation cited in any notice is not corrected within 10 days from the date of service or mailing of the notice, the Borough Superintendent shall request the Police Department to issue a summons requiring the owner of the premises or land where the violation is located to appear before a Magisterial District Judge.
C. 
In addition, the Borough Superintendent shall cause the violation to be abated by the Borough. The costs of such abatement shall be collectible from the owner of the premises or land where the violation was located. If such costs are not paid by the owner of the premises or land, they may be assessed as a lien against said premises or land.

§ 338-8 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 7-14-1988 by Ord. No. 1180]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this article before any Magisterial District Judge shall be sentenced to pay a maximum fine as provided from time to time by state statute, together with costs of prosecution, or to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or both.