[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Collingdale 5-2-2005 by Ord. No. 643 (Ch. 6, Part 7, of the 1987 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings as indicated:
- DISORDERLY PROPERTY
- Any house, room, apartment or premises where frequent requests for police services for noise, assaults, batteries, drinking of intoxicating beverages, illegal drug use and/or sale, loitering, gaming or other behavior prohibited by Chapter 233, Article I, of this Code.
- FREQUENT REQUEST FOR POLICE SERVICES
- More than three police responses to the same property within any preceding sixty-day period.
Editor's Note: Pertaining to use and sale of air guns and other weapons.
It shall be unlawful for any property owner, occupier, lessee or tenant to maintain, keep, lease, permit or allow a disorderly property, room, apartment or other premises to exist within the Borough of Collingdale.
Any such disorderly house, room, apartment or other property or any part thereof causing or intending to cause interference with or be disruptive to the peace and well-being of the surrounding neighborhood and/or greater community, or which may cause or tend to cause any danger to any persons or property, shall be declared to be a public nuisance.
After the third police response as defined above, the Chief of Police shall, within five days, notify the occupier or resident of the property and owner thereof, in writing, by either certified mail, posting or personal service, of the Borough's intent to initiate charges with the Magisterial District Judge and, further, to allow the occupier or resident of said property and its owner an additional five-day period, commencing on the date of service, to notify the Police Chief in writing of said occupier's, resident's or owner's desire to meet with the Police Chief. The Police Chief shall meet as quickly as practical with the property occupier, resident and/or owner within five days thereof in an attempt to reach an accommodation on the pending violations. Should the parties fail to meet within a reasonable period of time or be unable to meet an accommodation satisfactory to the Borough, the Chief of Police shall immediately proceed forthwith to initiate charges for violation of this chapter before the Magisterial District Judge.
Any person, firm or corporation or legal entity owning, operating, maintaining or patronizing a disorderly property within the Borough of Collingdale shall, upon summary conviction, be liable to pay a fine of no more than $1,000, plus the cost of prosecution for each offense, shall be incarcerated for a term not exceeding 90 days.
Upon conviction under the terms of this chapter, the Borough of Collingdale may immediately revoke the use and occupancy and/or inspection permit of any property found to be a disorderly property.
Continuation of a violation(s) of this chapter after the date of notification by the Chief of Police to remedy the violation(s) as set forth herein above shall constitute for each day the violation continues a separate and distinct violation.