For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Any neglected or uncared-for vegetation, whether living or dead, including all
unpruned, decayed, rank or uncut weeds, grass, vines, plants, shrubs, brush or
undergrowth, the height of which, either individually or collectively, exceeds a
height of 10 inches.
[Amended 4-24-2008 by Ord. No. 13221]
Any accumulation of supplies, goods, chattels, merchandise, fuel, manufacturing
and any and all materials used or to be used for building, grading or other
purposes, whether possessing value or not, deposited or stored in such a manner
or place or for such length of time or under such circumstances as to be
objectionable, unsanitary, unsightly, inconvenient or dangerous, or as to hinder
free ingress and egress, including anything herein described as rubbish or
noxious vegetation; and every other kind of material deposited at a place other
than or in an amount in excess of that reasonably necessary to the lawful use of
the premises for business, residence or other legitimate purpose.
Any waste, discarded or rejected matter or substance, vegetable, animal or
mineral, including unused chattels, furnishings, tools, vehicles, implements,
trash, debris, scrap, junk, garbage, leaves, decayed or fallen trees, the branches
or other parts thereof, stones, ashes, cinders, papers and all other superfluous,
abandoned or unused materials or substances of whatever kind and condition.
§230-2 Objectionable accumulations prohibited.
It shall be unlawful and constitute a public nuisance for any person, firm or corporation
owning or occupying private property in the Borough of Sharon Hill to deposit or cause
or permit the deposit, maintenance, growth or existence of rubbish, noxious vegetation
or other objectionable accumulations, as above defined, on any public or private
property or on or in any public or private highway, street, lane, gutter, grass plot,
sidewalk, way, lawn, yard, driveway, alley or passageway in the Borough of Sharon
Hill, except as hereinbefore provided.
§230-7 Removal by Borough authorized.
[Amended 10-28-2010 by Ord. No. 1345]
In the event of a violation of the provisions of this chapter, the Borough may, by its
workmen, contractors or agents, enter upon the premises where such violation exists to
remove the snow or ice, rubbish, noxious vegetation or other objectionable
accumulations eonstituting such violation and may take other such action as
circumstances warrant for the protection of the health, cleanliness, convenience,
comfort and safety of the residents ofthe Borough. In ordinary cases, the Borough shall,
before taking such action, give five days’ notice in the manner provided herein. But the
Borough may, in all cases that are urgent or deemed necessary for the health, safety or
welfare of any of the citizens of the Borough, including all those referred to in 230-3,
take such action itself without providing such notice.
Notice under this section shall be in writing and may be served by any of the following
methods: l) personally handling or giving the notice to the property owner; 2)
personally handling or giving notice to a current resident, occupier and/or tenant of the
property; or 3) placing or hanging the notice in a conspicuous location on the front door
of the property.
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also repealed a section pertaining to citations, added 4-24-
2008 by Ord. No. 1322.
§230-8 Recovery of Borough expenses.
Whenever it becomes necessary for the Borough to take action under this chapter, the
entire expenses thereof, in addition to legal costs, may be collected by the Borough by
action in assumpsit or otherwise from the owner or occupant, or both, of the premises
where the violation of the chapter exists. In addition thereto, the Borough may cause a
municipal claim to be filed against said property or as much thereof with its
appurtenances as is involved in said violation.
It shall be unlawful for any person to disclose the name of a person who requests a code
enforcement action or makes a code enforcement complaint unless ordered to do so by
a Judge or a duly appointed or elected official of the court.
[Added 7-24-2008 Ord. No. 1326, amended 2-25-2010 by Ord. No.1342]
§ 230-9Violations and penalties.
[Amended 12-28-1972 by Ord. No. 1019; 7-14-1988 by Ord. No. 1180]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter
before any Magisterial District Judge shall be sentenced to pay a maximum fine as
provided from time to time by state statute, together with costs of prosecution, or to
imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or both.
[Amended 10-28-2010 by Ord. No. 1345]
At least two times each year, the Borough shall publish in a newsletter or other
publication of general circulation, which shall be distributed to every known property
owner in Sharon Hill, a general notice that shall, at a minimum, inform the citizens of
the Borough that this chapter prohibits any neglected or uncared-for vegetation, whether
living or dead, including all unpruned, decayed, rank or uncut weeds, grass, vines,
plants, shrubs, brush or from growing to or exceeding a height of 10
inches within the Borough.
This general notice, if so published and distributed in such a newsletter or other
publication of general circulation, shall constitute sufficient notice to all property
owners in the Borough of the requirements of this chapter, and no further notice need
be provided before a citation may be issued under §230-7 of this chapter.