[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Lansdowne 11-15-2006 by Ord. No. 1218. 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 request for police services occur.
- FREQUENT REQUEST FOR POLICE SERVICES
- Three or more police responses to the same property within a six-month period resulting in the issuance of a citation or an arrest; provided, however, that police responses for calls relating to domestic violence or abuse shall not be counted.
Any such disorderly house 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 to a property within any six-month period as proscribed above, each subsequent response to such property shall cause the Chief of Police to issue a written notice to the owner of such property notifying the owner of such property of the owner's duty under this chapter to meet with the Chief of Police regarding the frequent request of police services relating to the property. Such notice shall be in writing and shall be transmitted either by certified mail, posting, or personal service. Such notice shall state that the owner of the property has a legal duty to contact the Chief of Police in writing within five days from the date of service to arrange to meet with the Police Chief in an attempt to rectify conditions and/or violations occurring at the property. Upon timely receipt of such notification, the Police Chief shall meet with the property owner within five days thereof. Should the owner of any disorderly house fail to contact the Chief of Police in writing within the required period of time or to attend a meeting with the Chief of Police, the Chief of Police shall immediately proceed forthwith to issue a citation for violation of this chapter.
Any person, firm or corporation, or legal entity violating this chapter shall, upon summary conviction, be liable to pay a fine of no more than $1,000, plus the cost of prosecution, for each offense or incarcerated for a term not exceeding 30 days.
Upon conviction under the terms of this chapter, the Borough of Lansdowne may immediately revoke the use and occupancy and/or inspection permit of any property found to be a disorderly property.
Each day that a violation of this chapter occurs and continues shall constitute a separate and distinct violation.