[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Shaler 8-12-1986 by Ord. No. 1597. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 5-14-1996 by Ord. No. 1739]
From and after the passage and approval of this chapter, no person, firm or corporation shall permit grass, weeds or other rank vegetation to grow to a height greater than six inches on any land in the Township of Shaler in any recorded plan of lots or in primarily residential areas and which is owned, leased or occupied by said person, firm or corporation.
The growth of grass, weeds or other rank vegetation above the height of six inches or the accumulation of other debris or the nonremoval of the same from all property in a recorded plan of lots within Shaler Township is hereby declared to be a nuisance.
Whenever it shall be reported to the Building Inspector that any owner of any real estate in a recorded plan of lots in Shaler Township has failed or neglected to comply with any of the terms of this chapter, the Building Inspector shall cause a written notice to be served upon the owner, by personal service or by United States Mail, directing the owner to comply with all the terms of this chapter within five days. If the premises shall be vacant, service of such notice shall be made by posting a copy thereof in a conspicuous place on the premises and mailing a copy of such notice by certified mail to the owner or owners of such premises at the owner's last known post office address.
In the event of the failure of the owner or holder of said real estate within the Township of Shaler to cut and destroy said grass, weeds or other rank vegetation or have the same cut and removed within five days after being notified to do so, the Township of Shaler shall have said grass, weeds or other rank vegetation cut and destroyed and bill the owner or holder for the actual cost thereof, together with a charge of $10.
In addition to the other penalties provided by this chapter, the Township of Shaler may institute proceedings in courts of equity to require owners of real estate in any recorded plans of lots in the Township of Shaler to comply with the provisions of this chapter.
The cost of removal, fine and penalties hereinabove mentioned may be entered by the Township of Shaler as a lien against the property in accordance with existing provisions of law.
[Amended 11-15-1988 by Ord. No. 1631]
Any person, firm, corporation or group of individuals found in violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof before any issuing authority, be subject to a fine of up to $1,000 and may be sentenced to a period of incarceration not exceeding 90 days in the Allegheny County Jail. Each incident in violation of this chapter shall be considered a separate offense and may be punishable as such.