Borough of Bath, PA
Northampton County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bath 2-2-1998 by Ord. No. 1998-515 (Ch. 171 of the 2005 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Property maintenance — See Ch. 470.
Trees — See Ch. 604.
A. 
No person, firm or corporation, owning or occupying any property within the Borough shall permit any grass or weeds or any vegetation whatsoever, not edible or planted for some useful or ornamental purpose, to grow or remain upon such premises so as to exceed a height of 10 inches; nor shall any noxious weeds prohibited by the Noxious Weed Control Act[1] or by regulations of the Department of Agriculture be permitted to grow within the Borough, including:
(1) 
Marijuana.
(2) 
Chicory, succory or blue daisy.
(3) 
Canadian thistle.
(4) 
Multiflora rose.
(5) 
Johnson grass.
[1]
Editor's Note: See now 3 Pa.C.S.A. § 1501 et seq., Controlled Plants and Noxious Weeds.
B. 
Any grass, weeds or other vegetation growing upon any premises in the Borough in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter is hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to the health, safety, cleanliness and comfort of the inhabitants of the Borough.
C. 
Grass clippings on sidewalks and streets is hereby declared a nuisance. No grass clippings shall be permitted to rest on sidewalks or streets or to be discharged into the streets at any time in any place in the Borough.
[Added 10-7-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-687]
The owner of any premises, and the occupant of premises occupied by other than the owner, shall be jointly and severally responsible to remove, trim or cut all grass, weeds or other vegetation growing or remaining upon such premises in violation of the provisions of the preceding section.
The Borough Manager, or any officer or employee of the Borough designated thereby for this purpose, is hereby authorized to give notice, by personal service or by United States mail, to the owner or occupant, as the case may be, of any premises whereon grass, weeds or other vegetation is growing or remaining in violation of the provisions of § 651-2 hereof, directing and requiring such occupant to remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or vegetation so as to conform to the requirements of this article, within five days after issuance of such notice. Whenever, in the judgment of the Borough Manager, it shall appear to be impracticable to give notice as above provided, either because the owner or occupant cannot readily be found or because a search for the owner or occupant would entail unreasonable delay, the Borough Manager, or any officer or employee of the Borough designated thereby for that purpose, may give notice by posting conspicuously on the property where such nuisance exists, a notice or order directing and requiring that such nuisance be abated within five days. In case any person, firm or corporation shall neglect, fail or refuse to comply with such notice within the period of time stated therein, the Borough Manager may order the removal, trimming of such grass, weeds or vegetation, and the cost thereof, together with a penalty of 10% of the cost thereof shall be collected by the Borough from such person, firm or corporation, in the manner provided by law.
A. 
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not more than $600, and in default of payment, to undergo imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days.
B. 
Each day that a violation of this chapter continues after notice shall constitute a separate offense. Liabilities imposed pursuant to this article shall be joint and several as among multiple owners, occupants and tenants.
C. 
In addition, court costs and reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Borough in enforcement proceedings shall be assessed against violator and awarded to the Borough.
[Added 11-5-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-678]