Township of Muhlenberg, PA
Berks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Muhlenberg 5-3-1976 by Ord. No. 128. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Shade Tree Commission — See Ch. 36.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 125.
Any shrub, bush or hedge which overhangs any sidewalk, street or other public place in such a way as to impede or interfere with traffic or travel or which obstructs the vision of any motorist legally upon a street or highway or which obstructs the vision of the street or highway from a motorist attempting to enter the street or highway from any other street, highway or road or from a public or private dwelling shall be trimmed by the owner of the premises abutting or of the premises on which such shrub grows so that the obstruction shall cease as determined by the Township Engineer.
[Amended 3-1-1982 by Ord. No. 188]
Upon the determination that an obstruction or danger to traffic or passage exists, the Township Engineer shall send a written notice specifying the violations and requiring compliance within 10 days thereafter. Upon a thirty-day written notice sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the owner of the premises, the Township Engineer may trim or remove any such shrub, bush or hedge or any part thereof so that the obstruction or danger to traffic or passage shall cease.
[Amended 3-1-1982 by Ord. No. 188; 11-7-1988 by Ord. No. 250[1]]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable, upon conviction thereof, by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution or by imprisonment in the Berks County Prison for not more than 90 days, or by both fine and imprisonment. In the event of the imposition of a fine only, default in payment of such fine and costs of prosecution shall subject the violator to imprisonment in the Berks County Prison for not more than 90 days.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided that the fines and penalties may be collected by suit brought in the name of the Township before any Justice of the Peace, in like manner as debts of like amount may be sued for by existing laws, and to remit such fines and penalties.