Township of Springfield, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Springfield: Article I, 12-27-1973 by Ord. No. 630. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-27-1973 by Ord. No. 630]

§ 1-1 Adoption of Code.

Pursuant to § 56502(b) of the First Class Township Code, the codification of a complete body of ordinances for the Township of Springfield, County of Montgomery, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as revised, codified and consolidated into titles, chapters and sections by General Code Publishers Corp. and consisting of Chapters 1 through 114, is hereby approved, adopted, ordained and enacted as a single ordinance of the Township of Springfield which shall be known as the "Code of the Township of Springfield," hereinafter referred to as the "Code."

§ 1-2 When effective.

All provisions of the Code shall be in force and effect on and after December 27, 1973.

§ 1-3 Repeal of ordinances not contained in Code.

All ordinances or parts of ordinances of a general and permanent nature, adopted by the Township of Springfield and in force on the date of the adoption of this Code, and not contained in the Code, are hereby repealed as of the effective date given in § 1-2 above, except as hereinafter provided.

§ 1-4 Ordinances saved from repeal; matters not affected by repeal.

The adoption of this Code and the repeal of ordinances provided for in § 1-3 of this ordinance shall not affect the following ordinances, rights and obligations which are hereby expressly saved from repeal:
A. 
Any ordinance adopted subsequent to June 13, 1973.
B. 
Any right or liability established, accrued or incurred under any legislative provision of the township prior to the effective date of this Code or any action or proceeding brought for the enforcement of such right or liability.
C. 
Any offense or act committed or done before the effective date of this Code in violation of any legislative provision of the township or any penalty, punishment or forfeiture which may result therefrom.
D. 
Any prosecution, indictment, action, suit or other proceeding pending, or any judgment rendered, prior to the effective date of this Code brought pursuant to any legislative provision of the township.
E. 
Any franchise, license, right, easement or privilege heretofore granted or conferred by the township.
F. 
Any ordinance providing for the laying out, opening, altering, widening, relocating, straightening, establishing grade, changing name, improvement, acceptance or vacation of any right-of-way, easement, street, road, highway, park or other public place.
G. 
Any ordinance or resolution appropriating money or transferring funds, promising or guaranteeing the payment of money or authorizing the issuance and delivery of any bond of the township, or other instruments or evidence of the township's indebtedness.
H. 
Any ordinance authorizing the purchase, sale, lease or transfer of property, or any lawful contract or obligation.
I. 
Any ordinance annexing land to the township.
J. 
Any ordinance designating the boundaries of water, sewer or other special purpose districts.
K. 
The levy or imposition of special assessments or charges.
L. 
The dedication of property.
M. 
Any ordinance amending the Zoning Map which shows the boundaries of zones created by the Zoning Ordinance adopted December 16, 1940, Ordinance No. 242, as amended and revised.

§ 1-5 Inclusion of new legislation prior to adoption of Code.

All ordinances of a general and permanent nature, adopted subsequent to the date given in § 1-4A and/or prior to the date of adoption of this ordinance, are hereby deemed to be a part of the Code and shall, upon being printed, be included therein. Attested copies of all such legislation shall be temporarily placed in the Code until printed supplements are included.

§ 1-6 Changes and revisions in previously adopted ordinances.

A. 
In compiling and preparing the ordinances of the township for adoption and revision as part of the Code, certain grammatical changes and other minor changes were made in one or more of said ordinances. It is the intention of the Board of Commissioners that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the ordinances so changed had been previously formally amended to read as such.
B. 
Certain changes and revisions of a substantive nature were made to various ordinances found within the Code. These changes were made to bring the provisions into conformity with the desired policies of the Board of Commissioners, and it is the intent of the Board of Commissioners that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the ordinances so changed had been previously formally amended to read as such. Such changes and revisions are cited within the historical statements by the term "amended at time of adoption of Code."
C. 
The adoption of revisions to previously adopted ordinances of the township shall extend to the adoption of Chapter 38, Food and Drink, which is hereby enacted to supersede and replace Ordinance No. 283, adopted June 12, 1946, pertaining to the inspection of eating and drinking places.

§ 1-7 Copies of Code on file.

Three copies of the Code in a post-bound volume shall be filed with the ordinance book in the office of the Township Secretary and shall remain there for use and examination by the public. Upon adoption, such copies shall be certified to by the Township Secretary, as provided by law, and such certified copies shall remain on file in the office of the Township Secretary, available to persons desiring to examine the same during all times while said Code is in effect.

§ 1-8 Amendments to Code.

Any and all additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to the Code, when passed and adopted in such form as to indicate the intention of the Board of Commissioners to be a part thereof, shall be deemed to be incorporated into such Code so that reference to the Code shall be understood and intended to include such changes. Whenever such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to the Code shall be adopted, they shall thereafter be printed and, as provided hereunder, inserted in the post-bound book containing said Code, as amendments and supplements thereto.

§ 1-9 Code books to be kept up-to-date.

It shall be the duty of the Township Secretary, or someone authorized and directed by him, to keep up-to-date the certified copies of the book containing the Code required to be filed in the office of the Township Secretary for the use of the public. All changes in said Code and all ordinances adopted by the Board of Commissioners subsequent to the effective date of this codification, which the Board of Commissioners shall adopt specifically as part of the Code, shall, when finally adopted, be included therein by reference until such changes or new ordinances are printed as supplements to said Code book, at which time such supplements shall be inserted therein.

§ 1-10 Sale of Code book; supplements provided.

Copies of the book containing the Code may be purchased from the Township Secretary upon the payment of a fee to be set by resolution of the Board of Commissioners, which may also arrange, by resolution, for procedures for the periodic supplementation thereof.

§ 1-11 Publication; filing.

The Township Secretary, pursuant to law, shall cause to be published in the manner required a notice of the introduction and of the adoption of this Code in a newspaper of general circulation in the township. Sufficient copies of the code shall be maintained in the office of the Township Secretary for inspection by the public at all times during regular office hours. The enactment and application of this Code, coupled with the publication of the notices of introduction and adoption as required by law and the availability of copies of the Code for inspection by the public, shall be deemed, held and considered to be due and legal publication of all provisions of the Code for all purposes.

§ 1-12 Severability of Code provisions.

Each section of this Code, and every part of each section, is an independent section or part of a section, and the holding of any section, or a part thereof, to be unconstitutional, void or ineffective for any cause shall not be deemed to affect the validity or constitutionality of any other section or part thereof.

§ 1-13 Altering or tampering with Code; penalties for violation.

[Amended 7-13-1988 by Ord. No. 756]
It shall be unlawful for anyone to improperly change or amend, by additions or deletions, any part or portion thereof, or to alter or tamper with such Code in any manner whatsoever which will cause the law of the township to be misrepresented thereby. Anyone violating this section of this ordinance shall be subject, upon conviction in a summary proceeding before any District Justice, to a fine of not more than $600 and costs of prosecution.