ORDINANCE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
Bill Brungard is the Borough Ordinance Enforcement Officer. Any suspected violations can be reported to the Borough Office at 748-7488. Pictures of all violations will be taken by Mr. Brungard.
The definition of a subdivision is the division or re-division of a parcel of land by any means into two or more parcels of land including changes in existing lot lines. This means if you move or add any property lines, then you must file a subdivision plan. All subdivision plat plans must be reviewed by the Borough and County Planning Commissions prior to review by the Borough Council. The average time frame for subdivision approval is ninety days.
The zoning ordinance is for land usage. A zoning permit is required for any new construction or enlargement of an existing structure. Storage sheds are considered new construction. All permits issued will be in accordance with the guidelines established in the ordinance. If you fail to obtain a permit PRIOR to beginning construction, a fine of $50 will be implemented. Zoning permit applications are available on this website under “zoning”.
BOROUGH RIGHT OF WAY
Any tree, shrubbery or weeds located in a Borough right of way is the responsibility of the abutting property owner. If the Borough must maintain the right of way, an invoice will be sent for services rendered. Any obstructions such as fences, basketball hoops and other play equipment, shrubbery etc. located in the Borough right of way is prohibited.
It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within the Borough limits (this includes archery equipment and small game shot). Anyone suspected of doing so will be reported to the appropriate authorities and prosecuted if found guilty.
Burning of paper products, plastic and/or Styrofoam items is now PROHIBITED. Recreational burning is permitted under regulations explained in Ordinance No. 243. You may review this ordinance in the borough office.
JUNK VEHICLE ORDINANCE
Any inoperative, disabled or junked motor vehicle may not remain on the property for more than thirty days unless it is garaged. Any vehicle with expired registration plates and/or inspection sticker shall be considered “inoperative, disabled or junked”.
No grass, leaves, snow or refuse may be placed in, on or along the streets, lanes and drives.
No grass or weeds in excess of eight inches is permitted to grow or remain upon any property.
PROPERTY MAINTENANCE ORDINANCE
No person may create or maintain the following conditions:
- Broken glass or metal parts with sharp protruding edges;
- Openings or areas which are conducive to the harboring and growth of vermin or rodents;
- Storage which would allow equipment, machinery and/or material to easily shift, tilt or fall from its original storage position;
- Storage of a refrigerator, freezer and/or other similar storage chest in any location accessible to the general public without first completely removing any and all locking devices or doors;
- Improper storage of any liquid or material of a hazardous or potentially hazardous nature.
For the safety of our Borough residents, all properties shall be maintained whether occupied or not. Grass and weeds shall be trimmed on a regular basis. Vacant homes shall be secured: windows boarded, doors locked, etc. There shall be no open foundation left unattended or without proper safeguarding.
SEWER SYSTEM INFILTRATION INSPECTIONS
According to Borough Ordinance No. 133, no person shall discharge or cause to be discharged any storm water, surface water, spring water, ground water, roof runoff, subsurface drainage, building foundation drainage, cellar drainage, water or unpolluted process waters into any sewer. Ordinance No. 205 provides for the enforcement of the discharge provisions of the Borough’s sewer ordinance by systematically and periodically inspecting all premises and structures within the Borough.