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Valley News Dispatch

Springdale updates its borough codes to eliminate archaic laws, some dating back to 1904

George Guido

One no longer has to worry about fastening an animal, such as a horse, to a tree and blocking a public thoroughfare in Springdale.

That’s one of 30 outdated or obsolete ordinances that council has repealedin an effort to clean up and modernize the borough’s code book.

While discharging firearms in the borough remains illegal, “exploding torpedoes” are no longer addressed.

Some of the jettisoned ordinances date to the borough’s first year of operation in 1904.

Loitering, however, is still against the law and has been since 1912.

Only now, the fines and penalties have increased.

Penalties for those letting their grass and hedges grow to excess will also face larger fines, and bonding for public officials has been updated for the first time since 1944.

Affixed house numbers now need to be four inches high instead of three. That’s one of 14 ordinances that have been updated .

Those “peddling” lotteries and games of chance are now governed by the state’s Small Games of Chance law. The fines for soliciting without permission are also increased.

But you no longer need an OK from the burgess (mayor) to pile construction materials in front of your house.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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