[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Manor Township 6-4-2001 by Ord. No. 4-2001. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following words as described in this chapter shall have the following meanings:
- Any natural person, partnership, association, firm, or corporation.
- Township of Manor.
- Any Canadian or Russian thistle, chicory, burdock, nettle, poison ivy, sumac, goldenrod, wild lettuce, wild mustard, wild parsley, ragweed, milkweed, or any other plant or vegetation whatsoever, not edible or planted for an ornamental or agricultural purpose.
Every person, owning or occupying any premises within the Township, upon which premises any grass or weeds in excess of six inches in height is growing, shall cut or remove such grass or weeds or cause the same to be cut or removed, on or before May 1, June 1, July 1, August 1, September 1, and October 1 of each calendar year.
Exceptions to the requirements of this chapter are the following: trees, whether coniferous or deciduous, shrubs, flower beds or gardens, vegetables, wildflower gardens, seasonal and ornamental grasses, wetlands, woodlands and forested areas, areas within 15 feet of a stream or pond and land actively cultivated in crop production or engaged in farming or animal husbandry including, but not limited to, growing grain in excess of six inches which will be cut and harvested for hay or other agricultural purposes.
The Zoning Officer or Assistant Zoning Officer, upon ascertaining that grass or weeds are growing in violation of this chapter, shall give written notice by first-class mail or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the owner or occupant of the premises whereon such grass and weeds are in violation of the provisions of this chapter, and shall direct the owner or occupant to cut or remove all such grass or weeds so as to conform to the requirements of this chapter within seven days.
In case any person shall neglect, fail, or refuse to comply with such notice within the period of time stated therein, the Township may cause such grass or weeds to be removed or cut, and the costs thereof, together with any penalty authorized by law, may be collected from such person in the manner provided by law.
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.