City of Monessen, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Derived from Ch. XI, Part 3 of the 1964 Code of Ordinances of the City of Monessen. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 275.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 289.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 340.
Trees — See Ch. 356.

§ 147-1 Unlawful growth or maintenance of grass, weeds and other vegetation. [1]

No person or persons, partnership, association, firm or corporation owning or occupying any property in the City of Monessen shall permit any grass or weeds or any vegetation whatsoever, not edible or planted for some useful or ornamental purpose, to grow or remain upon such premises so as to exceed a height of six inches or to throw off any unpleasant or noxious odor or to conceal any filthy deposit or to create or produce pollen.
Editor's Note: The City of Monessen also enforces a portion of the BOCA Property Maintenance Code. See Ch. 289 for those provisions.

§ 147-2 Responsibility of owners and occupants of premises.

The owner of any premises, as to vacant premises or premises occupied by the owner, or the occupant thereof, in case of premises occupied by other than the owner thereof, shall remove, trim or cut all grass, weeds or other vegetation growing or remaining upon such premises in violation of the provisions of § 147-1 of this chapter.

§ 147-3 Notice to remove, trim or cut grass or weeds; authority for city to do work and collect cost and additional amount.

The City Council, or any officer or employee of the city designated thereby for the purpose, is hereby authorized to give notice, by personal service or by United States Mail, to the owner or occupant, as the case may be, of any premises whereon grass, weeds or other vegetation is growing or remaining in violation of the provisions of § 147-1 of this chapter, directing and requiring such owner or occupant to remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or other vegetation so as to conform to the requirements of this chapter, within five days after issuance of such notice. In case any person, firm or corporation shall neglect, fail or refuse to comply with such notice within the period of time stated therein, the borough authorities may remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or other vegetation and the cost thereof, together with an additional charge of 10%, may be collected by the city from such person or persons, partnership, association, firm or corporation in the manner provided by law.

§ 147-4 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person or persons, partnership, firm or corporation who or which shall violate or fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before any District Justice having jurisdiction of such offense, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 or to undergo imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both. Each day's violation, after the expiration of any notice given as provided in § 147-3 hereof, shall constitute a separate offense.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).