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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Stockertown 6-1-1992 by Ord. No. 211. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Animals — See Ch. 76.

Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 172.

Property maintenance — See Ch. 177.

Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 209.

Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 228.

Junked and abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 235.

Zoning — See Ch. 250.

§ 147-1 Unlawful acts.

It shall be unlawful for any person, either directly or indirectly or by its agent, to do, authorize, aid or abet any of the following described regulations or restrictions, intended to promote the general safety, health, comfort and convenience of the Borough, and any person doing so shall be deemed guilty of a nuisance.

§ 147-2 Disorderly conduct.

It shall be unlawful:

A.

To injure or destroy any property either owned by the Borough or other persons or entities along any public highway or Borough street, such as but not limited to: streetlights, street signs, mail or newspaper boxes or fire hydrants.

B.

To obstruct the sidewalk, pavement or highways or to participate in unlawful gatherings, or to vex hinder or annoy other persons whereby the public peace or comfort is broken or the public annoyed.

C.

To congregate or assemble at, near or about a place where a fire is in progress or an automobile accident has occurred, where the police or emergency vehicles have been summoned by an alarm and thereby hinder, delay or obstruct any such apparatus, its men and equipment or render dangerous by such assembling the management or handling of such equipment or apparatus.

D.

To discharge carelessly any gun or firearm, arrow, or to throw wantonly any metal object, stone, brick or other missiles within the Borough of Stockertown or to raise any false alarm of fire within the Borough.

E.

To operate on the public roads or over private property without consent of the owner any unlicensed, self-propelled motor vehicles, including, by way of illustration, but not limited to motorcycles, mini-bikes, snowmobiles, ATVs, go-carts or like vehicles.

F.

To drive any bicycle on any sidewalk or thoroughfare of the Borough, during the hours of darkness, unless such bicycle has affixed thereto a lighted head lamp and rear reflectors.

Editor's Note: Original Subsection (g), regarding peddling door to door, which followed this subsection, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

G.

To accumulate or store, except within an enclosed building, junked, unlicensed, or uninspected motor vehicles having no apparent appreciable salvage value, in such manner to be detrimental to the general health, safety comfort or convenience of the Borough.

H.

To throw, place or be a party to the throwing or placing, either as principal or agent, any circulars, handbills or other advertising matter on any thoroughfare of the Borough or on or in any vehicle, residential mail box or newspaper box, or to throw or place any advertising matter on the steps, entrance, or premises of any building in the Borough, or to hand any advertising matter to any person in the thoroughfare of the Borough, excepting, however, political and service club advertisements, school and Borough announcements.

I.

To nail, tack, hang or otherwise any sign, notice, or advertisement of any kind on any tree, post, or pole, and then only by permission of the owner, excepting garage or yard sale signs, after receipt of permission from the owner, and which shall be removed within one week of the event. Real estate sale signs are also excepted.

J.

To engage in conduct which causes or may reasonably be expected to cause substantial harm or serious inconvenience, annoyance, alarm or general disturbance to the public peace, safety or comfort.

Editor's Note: Original Sec. 2, Dogs, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 147-3 Littering.

It shall be unlawful:

A.

To dump any paper boxes or store wastes, earth, brick, stone, coal, wood, ashes, lime, shavings, rubbish or any substance of any kind, except for the purpose of immediate loading or removing, on any public highway or sidewalk within the Borough.

B.

To dump garbage or any other refuse on any public street, sidewalk, highway or alley in the Borough of Stockertown.

C.

To drive or cause to be driven any motor vehicle containing garbage, earth, rubbish, metal, or any materials of like character through any public highway or Borough street, unless the loads are satisfactorily secured, and the body sufficiently tight and closed at the sides and bottom to prevent the contents from dropping off the vehicle, and a cover to eliminate the odors or prevent the contents from blowing off the vehicle.

Editor's Note: Original Sec. 4, Noise; Sec. 5, Sanitation; and Sec. 6, Snow removal, which followed this section, were repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). See now § 250-73E, Noise, Ch. 177, Property Maintenance, and Ch. 209, Art. I, Snow Removal, respectively.

§ 147-4 Violations and penalties.

A.

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate the provisions of this chapter which pertain to buildings, housing, property maintenance, health, fire or public safety, water, air, or noise pollution, and after appropriate notification of such violation by certified mail, arrest, or any other personal service, shall, upon conviction before a court of law, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $1,000 or undergo imprisonment for a period not to exceed 30 days in the Northampton County Prison.

B.

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provisions of this chapter, other than as shown above, and after proper notification, shall, upon conviction before a court of law, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $600 or undergo imprisonment not to exceed 30 days in the Northampton County Prison.

C.

Upon appropriate notice to the person, firm, or corporation to abate the nuisance, and upon failure of such person to do so within a period of five days, after receipt of proper notification, the Borough may take such steps as are necessary to abate the nuisance and charge such person, firm or corporation with all costs thereof. Such action by the Borough does not excuse the person, firm, or corporation, upon conviction by a court of law, from penalties as shown above.

 

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