Borough of Bridgeport, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport 2-3-1970 by Ord. No. 318, approved 2-3-1970 (Ch. 68 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 168.
Health and sanitation — See Ch. 302.
Junkyards — See Ch. 318.
Littering — See Ch. 335.
Solid waste — See Ch. 470.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 485.
Zoning — See Ch. 560.
No person, association, firm or corporation shall keep or suffer to remain upon his, her or its premises or on any private property any garbage, refuse, rubbish, offal, carcass, putrid matter or other offensive or unwholesome matter, or cast the same upon any lot or piece of ground within the Borough or upon the shores or margin of any stream or body of water or into any sewer inlet or upon any sidewalk in the Borough.
No person, firm or corporation may use or permit to be used any spot or place within the Borough as a public or private dump for garbage, refuse, rubbish, offal, carcass, putrid matter or any other offensive or unwholesome matter.
[Added 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 419, approved 8-15-1975]
Further, and in no limitation of the duties, fines or responsibilities hereinbefore set forth, the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport, whenever the existence on any premises of any garbage, refuse, rubbish, offal, carcass, putrid matter or any other offensive or unwholesome matter shall be brought to its attention, may notify the owner or occupant of the tract of land or premises upon which the same are growing, requiring such owner or occupant to abate the said nuisance within five days from the service thereof. The service of such notice shall be upon the owner or occupant aforesaid, either by depositing the same with the United States postal authorities, addressed to the occupant of the premises or the owner, as shown on the tax assessment books, or by delivering the same and leaving it with any adult person in charge of the premises or tract of land, or in case no such person is found upon said land or premises, by affixing said notice in a conspicuous position upon said land or premises.
[Added 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 419, approved 8-15-1975]
If the owner or occupant of a tract of land or premises, as aforesaid, to whom such notice has been given fails, neglects or refuses to comply with said notice or order for the abatement or removal of the said growth, in accordance with the notice, the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport or its agents or employees may enter upon the tract of land or premises to which said order relates and abate or remove such nuisance.
[Added 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 419, approved 8-15-1975]
The expense incident to such abatement or removal to which the Borough is put shall be paid by the owner or occupant of such tract of land or premises and may be billed by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport to such owner or occupant, as aforesaid, together with an additional 10% thereof to be added thereto to cover expenses incidental to the enforcement hereof, and in default of payment of such bill, a lien may be filed by the said Council in the name of the Borough of Bridgeport in the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County within 30 days of the date of completion of the work of abatement or removal, subject to the same proceedings and rights for entry and revival of judgment and execution as are provided by law for other municipal liens.
[Added 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 419, approved 8-15-1975]
The Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport ordains and enacts this chapter to promote and preserve the health and welfare of the residents of the Borough pursuant to the powers granted to it by the Borough Code. For the purpose of enforcing the civil provisions of this chapter, the Borough Council shall undertake to accomplish the same on its own motion and/or resolution as the occasion warrants. So far as the enforcement of the noncivil remedy afforded by this chapter, the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport hereby designates the members of the Borough Board of Health or the Health Officer of the Borough or the Borough Building Inspector as the proper party or parties empowered to initiate proceedings for the enforcement hereof before any Magisterial District Judge of the Borough.
[Added 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 419, approved 8-15-1975; amended 3-14-1989 by Ord. No. 507, approved 3-14-1989]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter before any Magisterial District Judge shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for such separate offense.