A reasonable amount of temporary outdoor storage of junk and trash, which is visible from off the property, is allowed by borough code so long as it does not cause a public nuisance and is in compliance with all codes. The interpretation of "reasonable" is determined by considering the negative impact of the junk on nearby property and on public health and safety.
- Junk and trash that stinks, causes litter, lowers other people's property values, or makes it difficult for others to enjoy their property is more likely to be a public nuisance.
- Be a good neighbor. Consider other people's rights when you exercise your own. Keep the effect of exercising your property rights on your own property.
- Junk and trash that cannot be seen or smelled from off the property is much less likely to be complained about.
- Larger amounts of junk and trash, large areas of scattered junk and trash, and trash kept for long periods of time are more likely to be a public nuisance.
- Junk and trash should be placed to minimize visibility from offsite, by location in the rear yard, inside or behind structures, screening, cover, fencing, topography, vegitation, earthen berms, etc.
- The area and amount of junk and trash storage should be minimized and should be kept in a compatc, neat, orderly, safe, sanitary, and non-polluting manner that does not cause litter or foul odor, or attract scavenging animals.
- The outdoor storage of trash should not exceed 30 days. Trash must be stored inside containers that discourage scavengers and prevent litter and leakage.
- Junk and trash should not eliminate off street parking on the site or force overnight vehicle parking to occur on the street and must not be located in public right of ways or easements.
- Junk and trash should be set as far back as possible from water bodies, property lines, and easements or right of ways. Recommended minimum setbacks are: 100 feet from water bodies, 25 feet from access easements and right of ways, and 10 feet from lot lines.
- Three or more junk vehicles constitute a public nuisance, and any outdoor area of 200 square feet that is substantially occupied by junk vehicle parts is considered equivalent to a junk vehicle.
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Related links include MSB 8.50, Enforcement Procedure, Filing a Complaint, and Clean Up Program.