Township of Caln, PA
Chester County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Caln 7-8-1975 by Ord. No. 1975-8. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 57.
Property maintenance standards — See Ch. 59.
Outdoor burning — See Ch. 64.
Dumps and junkyards — See Ch. 76.
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 87.
Housing standards — See Ch. 91.
Nuisances — See Ch. 103.
Parks and playgrounds — See Ch. 107.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 109.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 111.
A. 
When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
B. 
As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
GARBAGE
Putrescible animal and vegetable wastes resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
LITTER
Garbage, refuse and rubbish as defined herein, and all other waste material which, if thrown, deposited or stored as herein prohibited, tends to create a danger to public health, safety and welfare.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
PRIVATE PREMISES
Any dwelling house, building or other structure designed or used either wholly or in part for private residential purposes, whether inhabited or temporarily or continuously uninhabited or vacant, and includes any yard, ground, walk, driveway, porch, steps or vestibule belonging or appurtenant to such dwelling house, building or other structure.
PUBLIC PLACE
Any street, sidewalk, alley or other public way, and any and all public parks, squares, spaces, grounds and buildings.
PUBLIC STRUCTURE OR BUILDING
Any structure or building owned or operated by the federal, county or commonwealth government or any governmental agency.
REFUSE
All putrescible solid wastes (except body wastes), including garbage, rubbish, ashes, street cleanings, dead animals and solid market and industrial wastes.
RUBBISH
Nonputrescible solid wastes consisting of both combustible and noncombustible wastes, such as papers, wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, leaves, wood, glass, bedding, crockery, building materials and similar materials.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of Caln.
VEHICLE
Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, including devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
No person shall throw or deposit litter in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public place within the Township except in public receptacles or in authorized private receptacles for collection; provided, however, that said public receptacles shall not be used by persons owning or occupying property in the vicinity of said public receptacles for the deposit of domestic, commercial and industrial litter arising from the conduct of activities on such property.
Persons placing litter in public receptacles or in authorized private receptacles shall do so in such a manner as to prevent it from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk or other public place.
No person shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street or other public place within the Township the accumulation of litter from any building or lot or from any public or private sidewalk or driveway. Persons owning or occupying property shall keep the sidewalk in front of their premises free of litter.
No person owning or occupying a place of business shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street or other public place within the Township any accumulation of litter, and all persons owning or occupying places of business within the Township shall keep the sidewalk in front of their business premises free of litter.
No person while a driver or passenger in a vehicle shall throw or deposit litter upon any street or other public place within the Township.
No person shall drive or move any truck or other vehicle within the Township unless such vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any load or contents of litter from being blown or deposited upon any street, alley or other public place; nor shall any person drive or move any vehicle or truck within the Township, the wheels or tires of which carry onto or deposit in any street, alley or other public place any mud, dirt, sticky substances or foreign matter of any kind.
No person shall throw or deposit litter in any fountain, pond, lake, stream, bay or other body of water in a park or elsewhere within the Township.
No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any sidewalk, street or other public place within the Township, nor shall any person hand out or distribute or sell any commercial handbill in any public place; provided, however, that it shall not be unlawful on any sidewalk, street or other public place within the Township for any person to hand out or distribute, without charge to the receiver thereof, any noncommercial handbill to any person willing to accept it.
No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any vehicle; provided, however, that it shall not be unlawful in any public place for a person to hand out or distribute, without charge to the receiver thereof, a noncommercial handbill to any occupant of a vehicle who is willing to accept it.
No person shall throw or deposit any commercial or noncommercial handbill in or upon any private premises which are temporarily or continuously uninhabited or vacant.
No person shall throw, deposit or distribute any commercial or noncommercial handbill upon any private premises if requested by anyone thereon not to do so or if there is placed on said premises in a conspicuous position near the entrance thereof a sign bearing the words "No Peddlers or Agents," "No Advertisements" or any similar notice indicating in any manner that the occupants of said premises do not desire to be molested or have their right of privacy disturbed or to have any such handbills left upon such premises.
No person in any aircraft shall throw out, drop or deposit within the Township any litter, handbill or any other object.
No person shall post or affix any notice, poster or other paper or device calculated to attract the attention of the public to any lamppost, public utility pole or shade tree or upon any public structure or building, except as may be authorized by the owners thereof or required by law.
No person shall throw, deposit or store litter on any occupied private property within the Township, whether owned by such person or not, except that the owner or person in control of private property may maintain authorized private receptacles for collection and removal of same in such manner that same shall not be unsightly and detrimental to the surrounding neighborhood.
The owner or person in control of any private property shall at all times maintain the premises free of litter, particularly one or more automobile bodies, frames or chassis, one or more automobiles unable to be self-propelled or one or more abandoned automobiles; provided, however, that this section shall not prohibit the storage of litter in authorized private receptacles for collection.
No person shall throw or deposit litter on any open or vacant private property within the Township, whether owned by such person or not.
[Amended 9-11-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-3]
The Police Department, the Board of Commissioners or any officer or employee of the Township designated thereby shall enforce the provisions of this chapter by handing or sending by certified mail an appropriate notice to every person violating any section aforesaid, notifying the person of the violation and the date and time thereof and instructing said person that he may, within 24 hours of the time when such notice is handed to or received by him, pay to the Township of Caln at the Township Building, as a penalty, the sum of $40. A copy of any notice of violation shall be maintained by the issuer thereof.
[Amended 9-11-1990 by Ord. No. No. 1990-3]
Any person violating the provisions of any section of this chapter shall, upon summary conviction thereof before an issuing authority having jurisdiction in the Township of Caln, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $300 and costs of prosecution, and in default thereof, be sentenced to imprisonment in the county prison for not more than five days, provided that payment of the sum of $40 to the Township of Caln within the time limit and under the circumstances provided by § 97-18 of this chapter shall save from prosecution any person making such payment.