New North Irwin proposal covers snow, mowing, prostitution, dead animals

| Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 4:27 p.m.

There shall be no mowing of lawns after 10 p.m. on weekdays or no prostitution houses in North Irwin, according to a proposed ordinance.

Those topics, among others, are covered in a seven-page proposed ordinance aimed to regulate nuisances in North Irwin.

Council members plan to tweak the proposal before taking any formal action.

The only discussion on the proposal Monday night was regarding its length. Many council members complained it is too long.

According to the proposal, a person who permits a condition that unreasonably annoys, injures or endangers safety, health, morals or comfort of the public is considered in violation of the proposal.

The proposal breaks out different categories of nuisances, including health, morals and decency, peace and safety, noise, parking and storage, and inoperable motor vehicles.

Among the prohibited nuisances outlined, diseased animals would be prohibited from running at large. Dead animals would have to be buried or destroyed within 24 hours.

Gambling devices, slot machines and punch boards — except otherwise authorized by federal, state and local law — would be prohibited.

Residents can not have houses kept for the purpose of prostitution or promiscuous sexual intercourse or gambling houses.

Residents would be banned from making all unnecessary and annoying vibrations.

Allowing rainwater, ice or snow to fall from any building upon the street or sidewalk would be prohibited.

Domestic power equipment, including lawn mowers and chain saws, could only be operated between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. on weekdays or 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekend days or holidays.

The proposal would give borough officials authority to enter private property to take reasonable precautions to prevent public nuisances.

If found in violation, residents would receive a letter from borough officials and mandated to terminate or abate the nuisance within a certain time frame. Council could seek injunctive relief by serving a notice of motion for summary enforcement or obtain an administrative search and seizure warrant, according to the proposal.

North Irwin council could vote on the proposal at its next meeting in October.

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