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                  Watsontown Borough Ordinances

The Borough of Watsontown has many ordinances on the books, as most boroughs do.  An ordinance is a local regulation/law specific to that municipality and enacted by that municipality.  Only the most common ones that are found in violation or we receive questions about will be listed on this website.  A full listing of the Code of Ordinances can be found at the Watsontown Borough Building and is open to the public to read.

  • Chapter 2, §102 - Dogs Running at Large:  Unlawful to allow dogs to run at large.  It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog or dogs to allow or permit such dog or dogs to run at large in the Borough of Watsontown.  Note there is also a state law pertaining to this, which is listed below.
  • State Law:  Title 3,  §459-305:  It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog to fail to keep at all times the dog in any of the following manners:

             (1) confined within the premises of the owner;

             (2) firmly secured by means of a collar and chain or other device so that it cannot stray beyond the premises on which it is secured; or

             (3) under the reasonable control of some person, or when engaged in lawful hunting, exhibition, performance events or field training.

  • Chapter 2, §202 - Noise Disturbance:  It shall be illegal within the borough of Watsontown for any person or persons to own, possess, harbor, or control any animal or bird which makes any noise continuously and/or incessantly for a period of ten minutes or makes such noise intermittently for one-half hour or more to the disturbance of any person any time of the day or night regardless of whether the animal or bird is physically situated in or upon private property, said noise being a nuisance;   provided, that at the time the animal or bird is making such noise no person is trespassing or threatening to trespass upon private property in or upon which the animal or bird is situated nor is there any other legitimate cause which justifiably provoked the animal or bird.
  • Chapter 2, §301 - Animal Defecation:  No person, having possession, custody or control of any animal, shall knowingly or negligently permit any dog or other animal to commit any nuisance, i.e. defecation or urination, upon any gutter, street, driveway, alley, curb, or sidewalk in the Borough, or upon the floors or stairways of any building or place frequented by the public or used in common by the tenants, or upon the outside walls, walkways, driveways, alleys, curbs or stairways of any building abutting on a public street or park, or upon the grounds of any public park pr public area, or upon any private property other than the property of the owner of such animal.
  • Chapter 2, §302 - Disposal of Animal Feces:  Any person having possession, cutody or control or any dog or other animal which commits a nuisance, i.e. defecation or urination, in any area other than the private property of the owner of such dog or other animal, as prohibited in §301 shall be required to immediately remove any feces from such surface and either:

               (1)  Carry same away for disposal in a toilet.

               (2)  Place same in a nonleaking container for deposit in a trash or litter receptacle.

  • Chapter 2, §602 - Unlawful to Allow Cats to Run at Large:  It shall be unlawful for the owner of any cat or cats to allow or permit such cat or cats to run at large in the Borough of Watsontown.
  • Chapter 6, §101 - Curfew Hours:  It shall be unlawful for any juvenile, seventeen (17) years of age or under, to be in or remain on any of the streets, alleys, parks or public premises in the Borough of Watsontown between the hours of 10:00PM and 6:00AM, except that on Friday and Saturday nights the hours shall be from 12:00AM to 6:00AM.  This section shall not apply if a juvenile is accompanied by a responsible adult person over the age of 21, is enroute to or from an organized school sponsored event, is enrote to or from an occupation which he or she is gainfully employed, or when the juvenile is enroute to or from an event sponsored by a religious or service organization.
  • Chapter 6, §202 - Unlawful Possession:  It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to transport, carry or have any alcoholic liquor or alcoholic beverages in his, her, or their possession on any public street, alley, highway or sidewalk, or in any public building belongings to and/or maintained by the Borough of Watsontown, unless the same is in the original package and with the seal unbroken.
  • Chapter 6, §203 - Unlawful Consumption:  It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to consume any alcoholic liquor or alcoholic beverages on any public street, alley, highway, or sidewalk or in any public building and/or land areas belonging to or maintained by the Borough of Watsontown.
  • Chapter 6, §301 - Prohibited Conduct:  No Person shall indulge in disorderly, noisy, or disturbing practices, as hereinafter defined, within the Borough of Watsontown.  Any adult or minor person who commits any of the following acts shall be deemed in violation of this section.

               A.  Obscene Language, Conduct, Behavior:  Uses or indulges in obscene language, conduct or behavior.

               B.  Annoys, Disturbs Others:  Acts in such manner as to maliciously, with malice aforethought, annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct or be offensive to others.

               C.  Unlawful Assembly:  Congregates with others on a public street, sidewalk, park or place for other than a lawfully permitted purpose.

               D.  Shouts, Makes Noise:  Shouts or makes any other noise either outside or inside a building during the nighttime to the annoyance or disturbance of any person or persons.

               E.  Tampers with Municipal Property:  Maliciously damages, destroys, or makes improper or unauthorized use of any municipal property including parks, cemetery, parking lots and notices, or conducts himself or herself in a manner contrary to any notice, rules or regulations of the Borough, or refuses to obey orders of any person in authority with respect to the use of, or conduct in, or with respect to, such property.

               F.  Disturbs Peace and Quiet:  Disturbs the peace and quiet of the Borough of Watsontown, or any lawful meeting or assembly therein.

               G.  Prowls or Loiters:  Maliciously loiters, prowls, or congregates with others on the streets, alleys, sidewalks and other public thoroughfares in the Borough of Watsontown, or in and about any public building or private dwelling or any doorways, stairways or areas adjacent thereto, in said Borough.

               H.  Fighting:  Enages in fighting or in violent behavior, contrary to the public welfare, health and safety of the citizens of the Borough of Watsontown.

               I.  Public Drunkenness:  Appears in any public place or thoroughfare in the Borough of Watsontown so manifestly under the influence of alcohol as to constitute a danger to himself or herself, or a danger or annoyance to the person or property of others.

               J.  Noisy Operation of a Motor Vehicle:  Operates a motor vehicle in such a condition or in such a manner so as to cause any excessive, unusual or avoidable noise, including the operation of a vehicle in turning corners at an excessive speed causing the tires thereof to squeal.

  • Chapter 7, §102 - Regulations & Restrictions (relating to outdoor fires and burning)         

          1.  No person shall burn any paper or refuse outdoors within the limits of the Borough of Watsontown.

          2.  The burning of any materials upon any public streets or alleys is specifically prohibited.

          3.  The burning of dry brush, grass, leaves, paper, woodwaste, treated lumber, garbage, vegetable waste, rubber, plastics, clothing, cloth, animal or human waste, furniture, glass, metals, crocking, car parts or products and similar materials is specifically prohibited.

          4.  The burning of fossil and other customary fuels, properly enclosed, for heating, cooking and industrial processes within the structures is permitted.

          5.  Stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, ranges and similar devices within structures for the purposes of heating, cooking or industrial processes are permitted.  Materials burned in such devices shall conform to subsections (3) and (4) above.

          6.  Recreational Fires in Approved Containers, as defined in this Ordinance, are permitted.  Recreational Fires shall mean fires used to prepare food or for temporary outdoor heating.

             Approved Containers shall mean:

                    A.    An appliance or device used for a recreational fire, approved by and listed by a recognized testing agency, which is used in accordance with the listing and manufacturer's instructions.  The use of such appliances is limited to residential, small commercial, or nonprofit use not requiring a building permit for installation and approvals or permits of other state and federal agencies, the installation of which will be subject to applicable codes and regulations.  Charcoal, wood and gas grills, used for the purpose of outside food preperation, are considered Approved Containers under this section.

                    B.    Outdoor fireplaces constructed and intended for a recreational fire for residences, small commercial or nonprofit application.  Such fireplaces shall have an essentially contained fire chamber in which all burning takes place and a flue or chimney through which exhaust, gas, smoke or emissions escape.

Fuels utilized in Approved Containers shall be limited to propane, untreated wood and charcoal.  No Recreational Fires shall be set or maintained within ten (10) feet of any building or within ten (10) feet of any property line, alley, street or utility right-of-way.

          7.  Exceptions.

                    A.  Open fires may be set in the performance of an official duty of any public officer as designated by the Borough of Watsontown if the fires are necessary for:

                         (1)  The prevention of a fire hazard which cannot be abated by other means, or

                         (2)  The protection of public health, or

                         (3)  The training of fire suppression and rescue personnel.

Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this Part 1 or fail to comply herewith shall be guilty upon conviction before a District Justice be subject to a fine of not less than seventy-five ($75.00) dollars nor more than six hundred ($600.00) dollars, plus costs of prosecution, for each violation.

  • Chapter 7, §202 - Display and Discharge (of Fireworks):

          1.  It shall be a violation of this part for any person to store, or use or explode any fireworks, except as provided in the rules and regulations issued by the fire official for the granting of permits for supervised public displays of fireworks by the Borough of Watsontown, fair associations, amusement parks and other organizations.

  • Chapter 10, §101 - Regulating the Height of Vegetation:  It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, firm or firms, corporation or corporations who own, lease or in any manner have possession of any lots within the limits of the Borough of Watsontown, to keep weeds and similar vegetation growing thereon in a wild and uncut fashion, and to permit garbage or refuse of any kind or description to be placed and or to remain thereon.  All such owners, leasees or possessors of said lots are hereby required to keep said weeds or similar vegetation cut to a height of not more than ten (10) inches, and to move all garbage or refuse of whatsoever kind or description heretofore placed thereon.
  • Chapter 13, §201 - Regulating Peddlers: Any person(s), firms, corporation, or association engaging in any of the trades, occupations, businesses pr professions enumerated in §202 within the limits of the Borough of Watsontown, shall first register with the Police Department of the Borough giving his or her full names, residence, age, physical description, operator's license number, vehicle (year, make, type and color), and State Registration number, and a recent photograph of him or herself and their fingerprints.
  • Chapter 13, §203 - Peddling Time Period:  The time for all person(s), firm or firms, corporations or association or associations peddling, hawking, selling or engaging in similar manner as described in §202 of this part 2, shall be set from 9:00 AM before noon to 7:00 PM after noon on weekdays.  There will be no peddling, hawking or selling or engaging in similar manner on Sunday.
  • Chapter 15, §215 - Skates, Coasters, Sleds and Other Toy Vehicles:

          1.  It shall be unlawful for any person to ride on a sled upon any sidewalk in the Borough of Watsontown, or upon any roadway unless that roadway is a portion of a street blocked off for sledding by authority of §105 of Part 1 of this Chapter.  Provided:  nothing in this subsection shall prevent a pedestrian from pulling a sled, with or without a rider, upon a sidewalk.

          2.  It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in rollerskating or to ride upon or propel any coaster or any other toy vehicle upon:

               A.  any street or alley except in order to cross such roadway; or

               B.  any sidewalk located in a business district, except that nothing in this paragraph shall prevent a pedestrian from pulling a coaster or other toy vehicle, with or without a rider, upon a sidewalk, or

               C.  on any Borough owned property.

          3.  Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of ten dollars and costs, or confiscation of the vehicle as follows:

               First offense for a period of two (2) weeks.  Second offense for a period of four (4) weeks.  Third offense for a period of Indefinitely.

  • Chapter 21:  Removal of Snow and Ice from Pavements

§301.  Removed within a certain time period:  All snow and ice on any pavement or sidewalk or footwalk in the Borough of Watsontown in front of or adjoining any church, public building, house, store, shop or other building or in front of any lot shall be removed within twenty-four (24) hours after said snow shall have ceased to fall or after said ice has formed, by the owner, tenant, or occupier of the same or by any person having control thereof.

§302.  Unlawful to Throw Snow onto a Cleared Street or Alley:  Following the plowing or removal of snow from any street or alley in the Borough of Watsontown, it shall be unlawful for any person or persons, business or corporation to blow with a snow blower, shovel, push or throw, or cause to be blown, shoveled, pushed or thrown, any snow onto such cleared street or alley.