Summer issues that plague Connellsville — tall grass, sign postings and garbage
Tom Curry, the Connellsville city code and health officer, told the Connellsville Health Board on Monday that as summer approaches, several issues will plague the city — posting of signs, tall grass and garbage.
Curry updated health board members on the status of several properties in the city on Monday, but his main focus was to discuss several issues that plague the city during the city months.
Curry said every summer, signs have been posted on telephone poles and rights of way throughout the city. Many of those signs advertise yard or garage sales.
This is more of a zoning issue than a health and code issue, Curry said, but there is an ordinance in the city addressing signs.
“First of all, signs are not allowed to be on telephone poles at all,” he said. “When a sign is put up, it can be up for five days and must be down within 48 hours after the event.”
Curry said the city's solicitor is studying the ordinance.
Political and real estate signs cannot be prohibited, Curry added. Also, the city allows nonprofit organizations to post signs.
Another summer issue is garbage.
Curry said all garbage placed outside must be in cans with tight fitting lids.
Also, there is an ordinance regulating the height of grass.
“Grass can't be taller than 12 inches and you are responsible to clear out any weeds along the edge of the sidewalk to the streets,” Curry said.
Curry stressed that the city has rules against rubbish piling up and cluttering a property.
“There are a lot of things that are not appropriate to be stored outside in a normal neighborhood,” he said. “One lawn mower is normal, but four lawn mowers are not OK.
“If you're making repairs to your house I'm OK with the excess supplies being outside, but if they've been there forever and are rotting away, then there's a problem. These kinds of things begin creating situations where vermin can nest.”
Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.
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