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.
(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.
(1) Carry same away for disposal in a toilet.
(2) Place same in a nonleaking container for deposit in a trash or litter receptacle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
§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.