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Borough of Catasauqua, PA
Lehigh County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Catasauqua 5-7-1962 by Ord. No. 476 (Ch. IX, Part 1A, of the 1962 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
A Board of Health is hereby established in and for the Borough of Catasauqua, in accordance with the provisions of Article XXXII of the Borough Code, as added by the Act of 1947 P.L. 1621. The Board of Health shall have general supervision over sanitary conditions in the Borough and shall perform all the duties and may exercise all the powers vested by law in boards of health in boroughs. The Board of Health shall meet regularly, at a stated time and place, at least once each month, and shall hold special meetings as the health conditions of the Borough may require. Any member of the Board of Health who, without sufficient cause, or without having been excused from attendance by the Board of Health, shall fail to attend any of the stated meetings of the Board of Health over a period of six months, or who shall otherwise neglect his duties as a member of the Board of Health for a period of six months, shall be considered as having withdrawn from membership on the said Board, and the Borough Council shall proceed to fill the vacancy thus created. Provided, the Board of Health now in existence in the Borough shall constitute the Board of Health hereby established, and the tenure of the members of such Board of Health shall not be affected by this chapter.
The Board of Health shall also have authority, in case of the prevalence or threatened prevalence of any contagious or infectious disease, to order and direct that special emergency measures be taken by persons residing or being in the Borough. Such orders promulgated by the Board of Health may deal with: contacts between individuals, whether or not such individuals have been directly exposed to any such disease; the cleaning and/or disinfection of premises; the removal of persons from unsanitary or exposed places to other locations; the disposal of refuse; and the control of animals and/or insects. Every such order shall be effective, during the time of any such emergency, just as if it had been specifically set forth in this chapter, and any person who shall violate any such order shall, upon conviction thereof before the Mayor or any District Justice of the Borough, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $50 and costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment in the County Jail for not more than 30 days.
No person or persons, firm or corporation shall maintain or permit to be maintained on any property owned or occupied thereby within the Borough any condition productive of a nuisance detrimental or a menace to the public health or which may be so declared by the Board of Health, and, upon receipt of a notice from the Board of Health that such a condition exists on property owned or occupied thereby, it shall be the duty of such person or persons, firm or corporation to abate such nuisance to the satisfaction of the Board of Health within the time limit specified in such notice. In addition to the responsibility for the cost of such abatement, with a further amount of 10% thereof, such person or persons, firm or corporation shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to the penalty hereinafter provided for such violations.
No person, firm or corporation conducting or operating any store, shop, stand or delivery vehicle within the limits of the Borough for the sale of meat, fish, butter, eggs, fruit, vegetables, bread or any other article of food which is subject to decay, mold or decomposition, shall have or keep in or about such store, shop, stand or vehicle, any meat, fish, butter, eggs, fruit, vegetables, bread or any other article of food which is decayed, decomposed or spoiled, as to render it unwholesome, offensive or otherwise unfit for human consumption.
All stores, shops, stands and vehicles, from which articles of food are vended or sold, shall at all times be kept clean and in a sanitary condition, free from offensive odors and any accumulation of decomposed animal or vegetable matter, and shall at all times be open to the inspection of the Health Officer of the Borough or any other authorized agent of the Board of Health.
[Added 12-29-1980 by Ord. No. 818]
Each public eating and drinking place in the Borough of Catasauqua shall be required annually to obtain and display a license issued by the Board of Health.
A. 
Inspection before approval. Said license shall be issued only after inspection and approval by the Health Officer or his authorized agent.
B. 
License fee. The annual fee for health licenses shall be in accordance with a "Schedule of Fees and Charges" established by resolution of the Council of the Borough of Catasauqua.[1]
[Amended 12-26-1984 by Ord. No. 881]
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Editor's Note: See Ch. A285, Fees.
[Amended 4-1-2013 by Ord. No. 1288]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, for every such violation, upon conviction thereof before the Mayor or any District Justice of the Borough, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $50 and costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment in the County Jail for not more than 30 days. Provided, each day's violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense. Any person found guilty of violating an ordinance shall be assessed court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred by the Borough in the enforcement proceedings.