City of Lock Haven, PA
Clinton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Lock Haven 4-17-1939 by Ord. No. 193A (Ch. 1, Part 9, of the 2003 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 212.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 307.
Rental property — See Ch. 321.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 352.
Zoning — See Ch. 410.
There be, and is hereby, established and created in the City of Lock Haven, a department for the registration of the ownership of all real estate situated in said City, which said department shall be under the direction and supervision of the City Engineer.
The City Engineer of said City shall cause to be made all necessary books, maps and plans of the City showing the situation and dimensions of each property therein, with the street number and name of the owner or owners of each lot, with provisions for the names of future owners and dates of future transfers of title, and for such purpose, said Engineer shall cause to be made search in any of the public records wherein the information necessary to determine said ownership may be obtainable and in any other place for any monuments or evidences of title requisite for the completion of said books, maps or plans. Said books, maps and plans shall be carefully preserved in the office of the City Engineer of said City and shall be so kept by addition, from time to time, or otherwise, as to show the ownership of every lot or piece of real estate or subdivision thereof within the City of Lock Haven, with the successive transmissions of title from the date of the commencement of such plans; but nothing herein shall invalidate any municipal or tax claim by reason of the fact that the same is not assessed or levied against the registered owner. Said books, maps and plans so prepared by the City Engineer, before the final adoption thereof, shall be approved by the City Solicitor and by the City Council.
It shall be the duty of all owners of unregistered real estate within the City of Lock Haven, within 10 days of the date of the approval of this chapter and of every subsequent purchaser, devisee or person acquiring title by partition or otherwise, to any real estate in said City, within one month after acquiring said title, to furnish the City Engineer, at his office, descriptions of their respective properties upon blanks to be furnished by the City, and at the same time to present their conveyance to be stamped by the City Engineer, without charge, as evidence of the registration thereof. Provided, that, the presentation of said deeds for registry and certification by the Recorder of Deeds or Sheriff, as now provided by law, shall be in lieu of such presentation by the owner.
It shall be the duty of all persons acquiring real estate, or any interest therein, within the limits of the City of Lock Haven, whether by will or by inheritance under the Intestate Law of Pennsylvania,[1] within 10 days after acquiring such interest in real estate, to furnish the City Engineer, at his office, descriptions of any such property or properties, upon blanks to be furnished by the City. If said property or properties are acquired by will, the devisees thereunder at the same time shall furnish a certified copy of said will for registry with the City Engineer; and if said property is acquired under the Intestate Law of Pennsylvania, said owner or owners shall at the same time advise said City Engineer of the name of the decedent, the date of his or her death and the names of all persons acquiring title by reason of said death.
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Editor's Note: See 20 Pa.C.S.A. § 2101 et seq.
[Amended 2-24-2003 by Ord. No. 670]
The Sheriff of Clinton County shall present for registry, on forms furnished by the City Engineer prior to the recording thereof, the deeds for all properties within the limits of the City of Lock Haven sold by him at any judicial sale or sales, whether by execution, in partition or otherwise. On all such deeds which the Sheriff is required to present for registry, he shall be entitled to a fee for each deed, as provided in the Sheriff Fee Act, 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 21101 et seq., in addition to the mileage provided by law, which fees and mileage shall be paid by the purchaser.
[Amended 2-24-2003 by Ord. No. 670]
The Recorder of Deeds of Clinton County shall, within 10 days after any deed conveying real estate within the limits of the City of Lock Haven bearing date subsequent to the approval of this chapter has been received by said Recorder for record, unless said deed shall have been already registered, present such deed for registry with the City Engineer on a form furnished by said City Engineer, as herein provided, before delivery of such deed to the party entitled to receive the same. On all such deeds which the Recorder is required to have registered, he shall be entitled to a fee, as provided for Recorder of Deeds in the Judicial Code, 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 21051.
The books, maps or plans made by the City Engineer, or under his direction, under the provisions of this chapter shall remain in the office of the City Engineer and under his custody and control, and in no event, for any purpose, shall be removed therefrom by any person or persons.
The Board of Revision of Taxes and Appeals shall at all times have full and free use of said books, plans, etc., without removal from the office of the City Engineer.
[Amended 2-24-2003 by Ord. No. 670]
Any person, firm or corporation neglecting or refusing to comply with the provisions of this chapter for a period of 30 days after public notice of the requirements thereof and 10 days' notice by the City Engineer to said person, firm or corporation of the requirements of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.