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(A) Adoption of Corry Property Maintenance Code. A certain document, one copy of which is on file in the office of the City Manager of the City of Corry, being marked and designated as "The International Property Maintenance Code," 2018 Edition, as published by the International Code Council, Inc., be and is hereby adopted as the Property Maintenance Code for the City of Corry, State of Pennsylvania, for regulating and governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings, and structures; by providing the standards for supplied utilities and facilities and other physical things and conditions essential to ensure that structures are safe, sanitary, and fit for occupation and use; and the condemnation of buildings and structures unfit for human occupancy and use, and the demolition of existing structures as provided therein; providing for the issuance of permits and collection of fees therefor; and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions, and terms of said Property
Maintenance Code on file in the office of the City Manager of the City of Corry, Erie County, Pennsylvania, are hereby referred to, adopted, and made a part thereof, as if fully set out in Ord. 1596, with the additions, insertions, deletions, and changes, if any, prescribed in division (B) below.
(B) Revisions. The following sections of the 2018 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code are hereby revised.
(1) Section 101.1 shall be amended to read as follows: 101.1 Title. These regulations shall be known as the International Property Maintenance Code of the City of Corry, Erie County, Pennsylvania, hereinafter referred to as "this code."
(2) (a) Section 103.5 shall be amended to read as follows: 103.5 Fees. The fees for activities and services performed by the department in carrying out its responsibilities under this Code shall be in accordance with the Property Maintenance Code Fee Schedule.
(b) Appendix A: Fees
1. Administration fee - $25.00
2. Reports - $25.00 each
3. Labor hourly rate - $50.00/hour
4. Materials - total material cost paid by the city
5. Mowing fee - total cost paid by city to have property mowed + Administration fee.
(3) Section 112.4 shall be amended to read as follows: 112.4 Failure to comply. Any person who shall continue any work after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be liable to a fine of not less than ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00) or more than FIVE HUNDRED ($500.00) DOLLARS.
(4) The first paragraph of Section 302.4 shall be amended to read as follows: 302.4 Weeds. All premises and exterior property within the following restricted areas shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of eight (8") inches in height. Restricted areas shall include: a. All areas within fifty (50) feet of any building used for or intended to be used for human habitation, or institutional, or industrial or commercial use.; b. All areas within fifty (50) feet of the traveled portion of any public street or roadway, if such area is within two hundred (200) feet of any building described in prior subsection (a.).; c. AU areas within ten (10) feet of any public sidewalk. All noxious weeds shall be prohibited. Weeds shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants and vegetation, other than trees or shrubs provided; however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens. Other paragraphs in this section shall remain unchanged.
(5) The first paragraph of Section 302.8 shall be amended to read as follows: 302.8 Motor Vehicles. Except as provided in other regulations, no inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and no vehicle shall remain in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled, for a period in excess of forty-five (45) days. Painting of vehicles is prohibited unless conducted inside an approved spray booth. The exception therein shall remain unchanged. All openly stored vehicles shall be classified as one of 3 following classes by the code enforcement officer.
(a) Restorable junk vehicle- A vehicle that is in a condition whereby repairs to same could reasonably be made to place it in operating condition without exceeding the estimated value when repaired. The vehicle must be titled to an occupant of the property where said vehicle is located. Number of restorable junk vehicles is limited to one (1) per property in residential zoned areas per Zoning Ordinance 1347 Section 619.
(b) Non-restorable junk vehicle - junk vehicle in such condition that it is economically unsound to restore same to an operating condition considering the repairs to be made, age of the vehicle, market value of the vehicle if it were restored or in such a condition that the Code Compliance Officer determines that it warrants such classification.
(c) Abandoned vehicle - Unused, stripped, junked, wrecked or otherwise usable vehicles which do not carry a current registration plate or inspection sticker and which are no longer safely usable for the purpose of which they were manufactured and which have been in place for a period of thirty (30)
(6) Section 304.14 shall be amended to read as follows:
(a) 304.14 Insect screens. During the period from May 1st to October 1st, every door, window and other outside opening required for ventilation of habitable rooms, food preparation areas, food service areas or any areas where products to be included or utilized in food for human consumption are processed, manufactured, packaged or stored shall be supplied with approved tightly fitting screens of minimum 16 mesh per inch (16 mesh per 25 mm), and every screen door used for insect control shall have a self-closing device in good working condition.
(b) Exception: Screens shall not be required where other approved means, such as air curtains or insect repellent fans, are employed.
(7) Section 308.2.3 Add exterior placement of indoor furniture/appliances/electronics. Under section 308.2 add 308.2.3 - It is prohibited to store or place any/all appliances, electronics or furniture including, but not limited to televisions, ranges, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, ovens, washers, dryers, microwaves, dishwashers, mattresses, recliners, sofas, interior chairs, or tables on the exterior of any property for any reason, except to perform maintenance on said property.
(8) Section 602.3 is hereby amended to read as follows: 602.3 Heat supply. Every owner and operator of any building who rents, leases or lets one or more dwelling units or sleeping units on terms, either expressed or implied, to furnish heat to the occupants thereof shall supply heat during the period from October 1st to May 1st to maintain a minimum temperature of 68°F (20°C) in all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet rooms. The Exceptions therein listed shall remain unchanged.
(9) Section 602.4 is hereby amended to read as follows: 602.4 Occupiable work spaces. Indoor occupiable work spaces shall be supplied with heat during the period from October 1st to May 1st to maintain a minimum temperature of 65°F (18°C) during the period the spaces are occupied. The Exceptions therein listed shall remain unchanged.
(C) Penalties and violations.
(1) Each person in violation of this section shall upon conviction of a first offense, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $75 and not more than $100. Each person upon conviction of a second offense shall be sentenced to a fine not less than $100 and not more than $200. Each person convicted of a third offense shall not pay a fine of less than $300 and not more than $1,000. Each person convicted of a fourth and subsequent offense shall not pay a fine less than $1,000 and in default of the payment of such fine, may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 90 days. This penalty division shall apply to all sections of this code except for Section 112.4 whose fine is already set in § 151.01(B)(3).
(2) Quality of life violations. Each person who has been issued a quality of life ticket by Code Enforcement Officers for violations of this section and fails to pay the quality of life ticket in the time frame established on the ticket, a citation shall be issued for failure to pay. Upon conviction, said person shall be subject to fines established in § 151.01(C)(1) and the sum of the fines issued through quality of life tickets as set in § 93.62(E).
(Ord. 1596 , passed 11-18-2019)