Township of Muhlenberg, PA
Berks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Muhlenberg 2-16-2004 by Ord. No. 389.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 125.
Disabled vehicles — See Ch. 143.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 145.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 121, Snow Removal, adopted 4-6-1981 by Ord. No. 169, as amended.

§ 121-1 No parking after snowfall on certain streets.

[Amended 10-18-2010 by Ord. No. 491]
It shall be unlawful for any person to park or allow to be parked any motor vehicle or other vehicle on any street or road which is part of the Township system and identified by resolution of the Board of Commissioners once a snow emergency has been declared pursuant to § 145-4 and until the snow has stopped falling and been completely plowed the full width of the cartway or until the snow emergency declaration has been rescinded.

§ 121-2 Prohibitions.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, association, firm, partnership, corporation or any other entity owning, possessing or occupying any property along any dedicated or undedicated public street or alleyway within the Township of Muhlenberg to fail to remove from the sidewalk abutting said property all snow, ice, hail, sleet or slush within 24 hours after the same shall have ceased to fall thereon, and to keep said sidewalks free and clear of all snow, ice, hail, sleet or slush thereafter.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, association, firm, partnership, corporation or any other entity owning, possessing or occupying any property along any dedicated or undedicated public street or alleyway within the Township of Muhlenberg, in removing said snow, ice, hail, sleet or slush, as set forth in Subsection A hereof, to deposit same on the traveled cartway of any dedicated or undedicated public street or alleyway within the Township of Muhlenberg.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, association, firm, partnership, corporation or any other entity owning, possessing or occupying any property along any dedicated or undedicated public street or alleyway within the Township of Muhlenberg, in removing said snow, ice, hail, sleet or slush, as set forth in Subsection A hereof, to deposit same in such a manner so as to obscure visibility of any fire hydrant or obstruct or impede access to any fire hydrant.

§ 121-3 Removal of vehicles in violation.

Any member of the Muhlenberg Township Police Department or any employee of Muhlenberg Township engaged in road work is hereby authorized to remove any vehicle abandoned or parking upon any public highway or street in violation of the terms and provisions of this chapter, and to take any said vehicle to the nearest garage or other place of safety and otherwise enforce the time and provisions of this chapter. The registered owner of any said vehicle shall be notified of the fact of the removal and of the place to which said vehicle has been removed, where he or she may obtain the same upon payment of any and all towing and storage charges. Neither the Township nor any of its officers or employees shall be held responsible for any damage to any vehicle occurring as a result of towing and/or storage of a vehicle parked in violation of the chapter.

§ 121-4 Disposal of snow, ice and slush.

A. 
No snow, ice, hail, sleet or slush, or a combination thereof, shall be pushed or deposited into any drainage area, stream, river, culvert or catch basin.
B. 
No snow, ice, hail, sleet or slush, or a combination thereof, shall be deposited, pushed or maintained within a commercial, manufacturing, light industrial or multiple-family zoning district parking facility, or at or near an intersection in any zoning district, in a manner or at a location which creates a traffic hazard by impairing visibility from or of a public highway or street.
C. 
No person shall damage any Township property, including but not limited to traffic signs, culverts, etc. while removing snow, ice, hail, sleet or slush, or a combination thereof. Any damage to Township property shall be repaired or replaced in accordance with the requirements of the Township at the expense of the property owner and/or snow removal agency.

§ 121-5 Fire hydrants to remain visible and accessible.

A. 
Fire hydrants shall not be covered. The owner is hereby required to remove or cause to be removed all snow, ice, hail, sleet or slush, or any combination thereof, or any accumulation and/or impediment which would limit access to, from, and/or around all of the fire hydrants which are located on said property, so as to provide immediate access by fire rescue personnel in cases of emergency. In cases involving a storm, fire hydrants shall be cleared of all snow, ice, slush, or any combination thereof, within 24 hours following the storm; in any event, any accumulant shall be removed not less than once in every twenty-four-hour period.
B. 
In all other cases involving the accumulation of natural and/or man-made items around fire hydrants, the owner is responsible for the immediate removal of said items. In either case, fire hydrants shall be cleared sufficiently so emergency personnel have total access to hydrants. This is necessary to allow for fire hose connections to be made to access water in the event of a fire. The owner of a property shall be responsible for conforming to the requirements of this section where such property is occupied by said owner or is unoccupied or vacant.
C. 
In cases where the owner, occupant, tenant or person as aforesaid shall fail, neglect, or refuse to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter, or within the time period required, the Township of Muhlenberg, Berks County, Pennsylvania, may in its discretion proceed immediately to clear the snow, ice, slush, or any combination thereof or accumulation and/or impediment which would limit access to, from, and/or around fire hydrants and to collect the expenses, with any additional amount allowed by law from fine or penalty imposed under § 121-6 of this chapter. In no case is the Township of Muhlenberg liable if it does not exercise the Township option for removal of snow, ice, slush, any combination thereof or accumulation and/or impediment which would limit access to, from, and/or around fire hydrants as defined herein.

§ 121-6 Violations and penalties.

It shall be unlawful for any person, association, firm, partnership, corporation or any other entity owning, possessing or occupying any property along any dedicated or undedicated public street or alleyway within the Township of Muhlenberg, to violate any provision of this chapter, and any such person, association, firm, partnership, corporation or any other entity owning, possession or occupying any property along any dedicated or undedicated public street or alleyway within the Township of Muhlenberg so violating any provision herein shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding before a Magisterial District Judge, be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 90 days for each offense. For the purpose of this chapter, each day's violation of the provisions hereof shall be deemed to be a separate offense.

§ 121-7 Nuisance.

Any matters referred to herein as being unlawful shall be declared to be nuisances and removable as such. If the cost of such removal is not promptly paid, a municipal lien shall be filed therefor, or otherwise collected as authorized by law.