The 2000 Borough Property Maintenance Code covers many things, including high weeds and grass; lead paint abatement; hazardous vehicles; rubbish and garbage accumulation; disrepair; exterior paint; window and door screens; interior and exterior sanitation; infestations; interior light, ventilation, and occupancy; plumbing and fixtures; mechanical and electrical equipment; fire safety; and street address numbers.

The Borough would like to remind residents that they are responsible for maintenance and trimming of trees on their property. This includes trees planted in or near the sidewalk. As per the Borough’s ordinance, tree must be trimmed to a height of 14 feet above Borough Streets and 8 feet above sidewalks. Trees also may not block signs along the streets.

This code also requires inspections of buildings with two or more apartments every four years.

The 2003 Borough Emergency Access Ordinance requires key or “Knox” boxes to be installed on the outside of many non-residential and apartment buildings. The boxes give the fire department the ability to enter a building during an emergency without damaging the door, thus potentially saving the owner or insurer repair costs.

STREET AND SIDEWALK CODE

The 2000 Borough Street and Sidewalk Code regulates construction occurring in and abutting the public street and alley right-of-way. Common permits involve excavation and curb, sidewalk, handicapped ramp, tree, drainage, signs and driveway construction.

Also, sidewalk and fire hydrant, snow and ice removal is required of the property owners or occupants within 24 hours of the end of each storm. Moreover, accumulated snow and ice is be removed from roofs above public sidewalks within 24 hours after the storm. Finally, no snow or ice is to be deposited on the sidewalk, next to a fire hydrant or in a street cartway except for Borough plowing.

Some street obstructions are allowed under specified conditions and need a Street Obstruction Permit. The usual obstructions are cellar doors, scaffolding, dumpsters, building materials, and mortar boxes.

ADDRESSING REQUIREMENTS

Addressing standards are intended to provide a coherent pattern of street numbering, partly for emergency first responders. Addressing changes are coordinated with the U.S. Postal Service and County Emergency Management Agency (911)