[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Wrightstown by Ord. No. 1975-4 as Sec. 3-3 of the Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any owner, occupant or tenant of any lot or tract of land situated within the borough to permit or maintain on any such lot or tract of land any brush, weeds, dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growth, filth, garbage, trash and debris, injurious to the public health, safety and general welfare or where the same shall tend to create a fire hazard.
Any owner, occupant or tenant who shall neglect to cut and remove or otherwise destroy such brush, weeds, dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growth, filth, garbage, trash and debris as directed by this chapter shall be subject to the penalty in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, Penalties.
[Amended by Ord. No. 1981-8]
Upon the failure of any owner, occupant or tenant to cut and remove, or otherwise destroy, such brush, weeds, dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growth, filth, garbage, trash and debris, or unsightly high grass, within 10 days after notice to remove the same has been received from the borough, which notice may be effected by personal service or by registered mail, return receipt requested, the borough may cause the same to be removed under the direction of an officer of the borough, or may bring a complaint against the owner in the municipal court. The borough shall be required to give only one ten-day notice to remove during any calendar year, it being presumed that the owner, upon receiving one notice, will be made aware of the municipal requirements, and subsequent regrowth in any calendar year shall not entitle the owner to additional warning notices. Should there be a transfer of ownership of property within the calendar year, the new owner shall also be entitled to the one annual notice, even if one had been sent during the calendar year to the previous owner.
If removal is done under the direction of an officer of the borough, the officer shall certify the cost thereof to the council which shall examine the certificate and, if found correct, shall cause the cost as shown thereon the be charged against the land and premises and shall be added to and become part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon the land, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.
The imposition and collection of the fine imposed by this chapter shall not constitute any bar to the right of the borough to collect the cost as certified for the removal of such growths in the manner herein authorized.