My Township (second class) is dragging their feet about enforcing ordinances (junk cars, accumulating trash) claiming they can only issue a single $300 fine and when the case is brought before the magistrate, as long as the person is making some progress in cleaning up their property, there's no further recourse (even if the 'clean up' has taken years).

I understand the Township is limited by its current ordinances but if there's a path forward, I'd like to know what the Township could do. Can anyone clarify what this means:

The municipal solicitor may assume charge of the prosecution without the consent of the District Attorney as required under Pa.R.Crim.P. No. 83(c) (relating to trial in summary cases). The board of supervisors may prescribe criminal fines not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) per violation and may prescribe imprisonment to the extent allowed by law for the punishment of summary offenses.

1.To what extent would the municipal solicitor assume charge of the prosecution? 2. In what instances would the board of supervisors prescribe criminal fines? Thanks.

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