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Township of Lower Oxford, PA
Chester County
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[Ord. 3/1/1978, 3/1/1978, § 801]
Any weeds, including, but not limited to jimson, burdock, ragweed, thistle, cocklebur or other weeds of like kind, or any vines, tall grasses or other objectionable vegetation, exceeding 12 inches in height, growing on any lot or tract of ground in the Township, are hereby declared to be a nuisance. It is hereby declared to be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to permit any such weeds, vines, tall grasses or other objectionable vegetation to grow or remain on any lot or tract of ground in the Township.
[Ord. 3/1/1978, 3/1/1978, § 802; as amended by Ord. 1-93, 1/6/1993]
It shall be the duty of the Code Enforcement Officer to cause to be served a notice upon the owner or occupant of any premises on which any such weeds, vines, tall grasses or other objectionable vegetation are permitted to grow in violation of the provisions of this Part 2, and require abatement of the nuisance within 10 days from the date of service of such notice. The service of such notice shall be made upon the owner or occupant of the said premises either by delivering the same to and leaving it with any adult person in charge of the said premises, or in case no such person is found upon the said premises by affixing the same in a conspicuous position upon the said premises.
[Ord. 3/1/1978, 3/1/1978, § 803; as amended by Ord. 1-2005, 10/12/2005, § 2]
In the event the owner or occupant shall refuse to negate such nuisance within a period of 10 days as required by the notice, the township of Lower Oxford shall file such remedy at law or equity which is available to it and also may file an action as noted in § 10-204 below. Attorney's fees and costs for the filing of the action are a charge to be paid by the property owner or occupant.
[Ord. 3/1/1978, 3/1/1978, § 804]
All costs and expenses incurred by the Township in the abatement of such nuisances shall be a lien upon the premises, and whenever a bill therefor remains unpaid for a period of 60 days after it has been rendered, the Township Solicitor shall file a municipal claim for such costs and expenses, together with a penalty of 10%, in the manner provided by law for the collection of municipal claims.
[Ord. 3/1/1978, 3/1/1978, § 805; as amended by Ord. 1-93, 1/6/1993; and by Ord. 2-98, 3/11/1998]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part or fail to abate such nuisance in accordance with the requirements of any such notice, in addition to the payment of the said costs and expenses, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a district justice in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.