City of Clairton, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Clairton 8-14-1973 by Ord. No. 1249 as Ch. 151 of the 1973 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Bushes, shrubs and hedges — See Ch. 169.
Housing and health standards — See Ch. 217.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 274.
Solid waste — See Ch. 299.
Trees — See Ch. 319.
Vacant structures and properties — See Ch. 324.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
NOXIOUS WEEDS
Includes burdock, chicory, crabgrass, garlic or wild onion, goldenrod, horse nettle, milkweed, morning glory, mullen, perennial thistle, poison ivy, quack grass, ragweed, sumac, wild lettuce, wild mustard, wild parsnip, wild snapdragon and all other weeds or growths which may become a menace to health by reason of flying pollen.
No person shall permit grass, weeds or other rank vegetation to grow on any land owned, leased or occupied by him or her to a greater height than one foot.
It shall be the duty of every person who shall hold title in any capacity to or have possession of or be responsible for the management or upkeep of any land or lot of ground in the City upon which any noxious weeds may be growing to cut or destroy such noxious weeds so as to prevent such weeds from flowering or going to seed and the seed of the same from ripening and, in any event, at least twice a year, on or before June 15 and August 15, respectively; and it shall be unlawful for any such person to fail, neglect or refuse to cut or destroy any such weeds growing as aforesaid in time to prevent the creation of a health menace and also to prevent them from flowering or going to seed and, in any event, on or before June 15 and August 15, respectively, of each year.
Any person upon whose land there is any grass, weeds or other rank vegetation more than one foot in height or upon whose lands there are any noxious weeds shall, within five days after notification by the City, remove or cause to be removed such grass, weeds or other rank vegetation, including noxious weeds.
A. 
The notice hereinabove required shall be served on the owner if he or she is in possession of the premises, but if he or she is not in possession, then on the lessee or agent in possession of the premises. If there is no one in possession, such notice may be posted in a conspicuous part of the premises or a registered mail notice may be sent to the owner's last known post office address.
B. 
In addition to the penalties provided in § 159-6, the City Manager or the City Manager's designee may, after five days' notice, enter upon any premises within the City upon which any noxious weeds may be growing to cut or destroy such grass, weeds or other rank vegetation with City employees and City equipment, and the costs and expense thereof shall be filed as a lien against such premises in accordance with the law governing filing of municipal claims and liens for abatement of nuisances.
[Amended 4-14-1992 by Ord. No. 1518]
[Amended 4-14-1992 by Ord. No. 1518]
Any person who shall violate or fail to comply with the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction before a District Justice, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days.