Homeowner Maintenance

General information for residents about homeowner maintenance and some FAQs can be found here.

Trash, Garbage & Junk Vehicles

Trash, garbage and junk vehicles cannot be stored or accumulated in the exterior property areas. Any unregistered vehicle is considered a junk vehicle and cannot be stored in the yard, driveway, etc.

Weeds & Grass

Weeds and grass must be cut and maintained throughout the exterior property areas at a height not to exceed 10 inches.


Sidewalks adjacent to a street that run along the front, sides and/or back of a homeowner's property are the homeowner's responsibility to maintain free from hazardous conditions including uneven concrete, cracks, snow and ice. A misconception concerning sidewalks is that all sidewalks are the Township's responsibility because they are in the Township right-of-way. A sidewalk running along a homeowner's property would be no different than the driveway that is partially located in the right-of-way. Repairing, shoveling and salting for ice are the property owner's responsibility.

Sewer Manhole Covers

Sewer manhole covers may not be covered or obstructed by any means (including landscaping) and must remain visible and accessible at all times. Manhole covers that are not readily visible or accessible may result in delays when addressing sewer back-ups or other maintenance issues.

Address Numbers

Please make sure your home has address numbers placed on the structure in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street fronting the property. Address numbers shall contrast with the background and shall be a minimum of 4 inches high with a minimum stroke width of ½ inch. Homes lacking visible address numbers are difficult for emergency responders to locate and may result in potential delays when help is needed.

Fire Hydrants

If there is a fire hydrant in your yard, please be sure to maintain a clear space of at least 3 feet around the circumference of the hydrant. Posts, fences, plants, bushes, trash, vehicles or any other object shall never be placed in front of or stores in front of fire hydrants. Fire hydrants that are not readily visible or accessible may hamper the efforts of the fire department in the event of an emergency.

Swimming Pool & Hot Tub Safety

Any type of swimming pool, hot tub or spa capable of being filled with greater than 24 inches of water requires a permit and safety barriers. This includes portable and inflatable swimming pools most commonly purchased at department stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, Super K and Toys R Us. Installing one of these pools without property safety barriers is very dangerous to neighboring children and can result in drowning.

Recreational Fires

The Township has an Ordinance regulating open burning. Please be advised that open burning of any kind is not permitted within the Township except for small fires for noncommercial preparation of food, light, ornament, or recreational purposes only so long as they meet the following requirements:
  • The fire must be contained to a fire pit, stone perimeter, noncombustible fire ring, drum, or other noncombustible container.
  • The fire shall be located not less than 10-feet from the nearest structure, roadway, property line, utility, tree, or other combustible materials.
  • The fire shall be started with smokeless fuels only.
  • Only clean burning wood and charcoal shall be burned. Treated wood, plastics, leaves, green yard waste, garbage, painted wood, rubber, tires, cardboard boxes, paper, cloth or any other materials that may create toxic or noxious odors and smoke may not be burned or used to start a fire.
  • The maximum size of the fire shall not be greater than 16 square feet (4 feet by 4 feet) nor greater than 3 feet in height.
  • Excessive smoke, odors, or malodorous emissions shall not be permitted past the property line of the fire.
  • An adult must be present at all times from the start of the fire until the fire is completely extinguished.
  • Adequate means of extinguishment or control of the fire shall be present at all times while the fire is actively burning.
  • Anyone wishing to conduct a recreational fire must notify the Police Department at 412-787-8900 before starting the fire.
The Police Department, Fire Code Official and/or Building Code Official is authorized to require the extinguishment of any fire found that is not in compliance with the above requirements.

A complete copy of the open burning ordinance is available at the Township Building as well as on our website. Please be advised that anyone found to be in violation of the open burning ordinance is subject to a Citation with potential fines of up to $1,000.