Township of West Norriton, PA
Montgomery County
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§ 101 Responsibility for Removing, Cutting or Trimming.

[Ord. 141, 3/4/1953, § 1; as amended by Ord. 234, 2/16/1960, § 1]
All persons, partnerships, firms or corporations owning or controlling land abutting upon any streets or alleys of West Norriton Township within whose sidewalk area shrubbery or shade trees are growing, the limbs or branches of which extend over said streets, alleys or their sidewalks and which interfere with pedestrian or vehicular use or travel, or which interfere with the public lighting system of the Township by shading the range of any public lights or touching the same or the power transmission lines supplying electricity thereto, are hereby required to trim said shrubbery or trees to a height of 12 feet upwards from said streets, alleys and sidewalks, and, in addition, in such manner as to prevent them from shading the range of any public lights or touching the same or the power transmission lines supplying said lights with electricity, and to remove all dead trees in said sidewalk area and all dead limbs or branches extending over said streets, alleys or sidewalks. Where dead trees are removed under the provisions of this Part 1, the trunks thereof shall be cut off no less than six inches below ground level or ground down to a level no less than six inches below ground level.

§ 102 Declared a Nuisance.

[Ord. 141, 3/4/1953, § 2]
It is hereby declared to be a public nuisance for persons, partnerships, firms or corporations owning or controlling land abutting any street or alley of West Norriton Township within whose sidewalk area shrubbery or shade trees are growing or upon whose land shrubbery or shade trees are growing, the limbs or branches of which extend over said streets or alleys or their sidewalks, or which interfere with the public lighting system of the Township by shading the range of any public lights or touching the same or the power transmission lines supplying electricity thereto, and to fail to remove all dead trees in said sidewalk area and all dead limbs or branches extending over said streets, alleys or sidewalks. West Norriton Township may require, by 10 days written notice, the abatement of such nuisance, in default of which the Township may cause the same to be done by employees, independent contractors or the public utility which owns or services said lights and/or power lines, and collect the cost thereof, together with a penalty of 20% of such cost, in the manner provided by law for the collection of municipal claims or by action of assumpsit.

§ 103 Penalty for Violation.

[Ord. 141, 3/4/1953, § 3; as amended by Ord. 234, 2/16/1960, § 2; and by Ord. 524, 12/31/1991]
Any person, partnership, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this Part 1 shall forfeit and pay a fine of not more than $600 to West Norriton Township, the same to be collected by a proceeding before any District Justice in said Township or recovered as debts of like amount are now by law recoverable, and in default of payment of such fine and costs shall be liable to imprisonment of not more than 30 days in the Montgomery County Prison, and whenever such person, partnership, firm or corporation shall have been notified by West Norriton Township through its duly constituted representatives, or by service of summons or prosecution, or in any other way, that such violation has been committed, each day that such person, partnership, firm or corporation shall continue in such violation shall constitute a separate offense, punishable by a like fine or penalty.