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Township of Allegheny, PA
Westmoreland County
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Persons, including authorized agents of the Township, observing a violation of this chapter should file a complaint, in writing, with the Board.
Persons, including authorized agents of the Township, seeking enforcement of violations of this chapter shall complete a formal, written, signed and dated document which asserts that the provisions of this chapter have been violated. The written document shall indicate the name and address of the individual(s) or entity who are the subject of the complaint and shall also include the name and address of the complainant. The written complaint shall specifically describe the nature of the complaint, including a description of the junk situate on the subject property. In the event that the Township takes any enforcement action under this chapter, the Township shall deliver to the purported violator, via personal service or U.S. Mail, a complete and unaltered copy of both the complaint document and this chapter.
The alleged violator of any part of this chapter will be notified of such alleged violation by the Board by certified mail or by personal service of notice of the alleged violation. The notice of alleged violation will state the nature of the alleged violation, the proposed remedy, will request that an appointment be made with the Zoning Officer to discuss the problem and will allow 30 days for the alleged violator to remedy or resolve the alleged violation prior to the revocation of the permit or the filing of any civil or criminal proceedings.
If a property is in violation of this chapter at the time of a planned sale or transfer, such violation must be abated or provisions for compliance, acceptable to the Zoning Officer and the Board, must be made before the sale or transfer is completed. The municipal lien letter required of the Township and the time of the sale or transfer of property must state whether or not the property is in compliance with this chapter at the time of the issuance of the municipal lien letter or that the Board has approved a plan submitted by the buyer and the seller to bring the property into compliance with this chapter.
As authorized by § 1601 of the Second Class Township Code, an action may be filed with the District Justice and enforcement may be pursued in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. If the Board of Supervisors elects to proceed under this section, the District Justice may impose a fine, per violation, not to exceed $1,000, and may prescribe imprisonment to the extent allowed by law for the punishment of summary offenses.
The Board may take any appropriate action authorized by the Second Class Township Code, at law or in equity, civil or criminal, to enforce the provisions of this chapter, and this chapter will in no way restrict any remedies otherwise provided by law.