[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Hanover 2-14-1972 by Ord. No. 71-1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Property maintenance — See Ch. 355.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivatives shall have the meaning given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular, and words used in the singular include the plural. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
- AN ABANDONED OR JUNKED VEHICLE
- Every device of a type which may be registered for the transport of persons or property on public roads or highways under the Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which device has no value other than scrap or salvage value and is either inoperable or does not bear a valid up-to-date registration plate issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or other state.
- PRIVATE PREMISES
- Any private lot or area within the Township limits, whether it be improved in any manner whatsoever or whether it be vacant.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any and all streets, sidewalks, roads or other public ways and all public parks, squares, spaces or grounds, including all grounds owned by the Township or available for community use.
- The Township of Upper Hanover, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
It shall be unlawful for any person to store or continue to store an abandoned or junked vehicle or any parts thereof on private premises or on a public place, except in a building or structure, in a manner which is or may be injurious to the public health, comfort or safety of the residents of the Township.
Any act in violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be a public nuisance.
Any Township employee or appointee designated by the Supervisors of the Township is hereby authorized and empowered to notify any person violating the provisions of this chapter to either abate said nuisance or remove and properly dispose of any abandoned or junked vehicle located on private premises owned or occupied by such person. Upon failure, neglect or refusal of any such person so notified to properly abate said nuisance or to properly dispose of said abandoned or junked vehicle within 10 days of the date of said notice, the issuing party is hereby authorized and empowered to charge said person with a summary offense as hereinafter provided.
Any person violating any provisions of this chapter shall be required to pay a fine not to exceed the sum of $1,000, which fine may be collected by suit or summary proceeding brought in the name of the Township before any Magisterial District Judge. Upon judgment against any person by summary conviction or by proceedings by summons on default of the payment of the fine imposed and costs, the defendant may be sentenced and committed to the county jail or workhouse for a period not exceeding 90 days.
Any person violating the terms of this chapter shall, in addition to paying the fine and costs imposed hereby, shall pay all costs incurred by the Township in abating said nuisance or in removing the said abandoned or junked vehicle from said private premises or public place; said costs may be collected in the manner provided for the collection of municipal claims or by an action of assumpsit without the filing of a claim.