How do you envision your community?
Is it one filled with neatly kept homes, nicely landscape yards? Sadly, neighborhoods where people help each other seem to becoming a thing of the past as we all become preoccupied with our busy lives. It is doubtful that anyone would chose to live next to rundown properties with overgrown weeds and trash and your local government should only get involved as a last resort as the cost of that involvement is a cost to everyone.
We struggle to avoid spending your tax dollars to provide those services for home owners who are unable or who refuse to follow good property maintenance practices but this is unfortunately becoming the township’s most frequent request.
Who is responsible for this – the home owner, the tenant or the bank that foreclosed on a property? Safe and decent housekeeping is everyone’s responsibility and as a property owner, you have certain obligations. Protecting your investment and the health of the occupants by maintaining your property in good repair is the right thing to do – for everyone. What each of us does affects our neighbor and our neighborhood.
Lower Alsace Township is trying to tackle these issues on behalf of the citizens of the community who are correctly concerned for their property value by stepping up on the enforcement of the property maintenance ordinance and by adopting our new Certificated of Use and Occupancy Ordinance to require inspections of properties at the time of sale. We hope that this information helps to create awareness throughout the neighborhoods.
All property owners are asked can help us make a difference and do your best to follow these practices with your property:
- Keep your structures maintained and in good repair, structurally sound and sanitary assuring that they do not pose a threat to the public’s health, safety or welfare
- Keep your property reasonably free of weeds, underbrush, cans, bottles or any other refuse or debris which may create or may tend to create a harbor for rats or other hazard to the public health and safety of others.
- Keep your the grass cut on your premises and including the grass in the sidewalk areas adjoining your premises.
- Make sure that all fences, retaining walls or similar structures are constructed in a workmanlike manner and properly maintained in a state of good repair.
- Keep all accessory structures, including detached garages, sheds, cabanas and swimming pools maintained in structurally sound conditions and in overall good repair.
- Each structure to which a street number has been assigned is required to have such number displayed so that it can be easily observed and readable from the public right-of-way.
- Make sure your driveways and walkways in proper states of repair, free of hazardous conditions.
- Each dwelling must have at least one smoke detector on each floor and a minimum of two smoke detectors per dwelling. Smoke detectors save lives.
We’re happy you’ve decided to make Lower Alsace Township your home (or possibly just pay us a visit!)
In this section of our site, we have listed several topics that may be of interest to you:
- Zoning information
- Road maintenance provided by the township street crew, along with some responsibilities of our property owners and residents.
- We’re excited about our township-sponsored recycling program. Read more.
- Finally, learn about the many recreational opportunities in our area.
In addition to content within this section, you may be interested in reading up-to-date news and announcements about upcoming and current events. Click here to stay up-to-date.
Feel free to contact our office if you have questions that aren’t addressed here or elsewhere on the site.