Township of Springfield, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Springfield 5-11-1966 as Ord. No. 535. Sections 105-1 and 105-6 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 40.
Health and sanitation — See Ch. 45.
Zoning — See Ch. 114.

§ 105-1 Definitions.

[Amended 2-8-1978 by Ord. No. 671]
For the purposes of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
ABANDONED OR JUNKED AUTOMOBILE, TRUCK OR VEHICLE
Any vehicle found on public or private property, not within a completely enclosed structure or building such as a garage or accessory building which can be easily secured against potential health and safety hazards, and is found to be either:
A. 
A vehicle for which a certificate of junk has been issued by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue or the official designated by any other state to issue such certificate.
B. 
Any vehicle, provided that such vehicle is not registered with and certified by the Code Enforcement Officer as a repairable vehicle, in or on which it is found that any of the following conditions exist:
[Amended 8-14-1985 by Ord. No. 733; 9-13-1995 by Ord. No. 812]
(1) 
Its engine or motor or any other essential part is inoperable or has been removed for more than 15 days.
(2) 
Its tires or any tire has been deflated or its wheel or wheels have been removed for more than 15 days.
(3) 
It bears no official inspection sticker or registration plate or such have not been current for 15 days.
ANTIQUE MOTOR VEHICLE
A motor vehicle, but not a reproduction thereof, manufactured more than 25 years prior to the current year, which has been maintained in or restored to a condition which is substantially in conformance with manufacturer specifications.
CLASSIC MOTOR VEHICLE
A motor vehicle, but not a reproduction thereof, manufactured more than 10 years prior to the current year and because of discontinued production and limited availability is determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to be a model or make of significant value to collectors or exhibitors, and which has been maintained in or restored to a condition which is substantially in conformity with manufacturer specifications and appearance.
JUNKYARD
A lot, land or structure or part thereof used primarily for the collection, storage and sale of wastepaper, rags, scrap metal or discarded materials or for the collection, dismantling, storage and salvaging of machinery or vehicles not in running condition and for the sale of parts thereof.
REPAIRABLE VEHICLE
Any vehicle in or on which are found any of the conditions specified under the definition of an abandoned or junked vehicle, which vehicle has been registered with the Code Enforcement Officer as a vehicle that will be repaired, properly licensed and inspected within 30 days time from the date of registration.
[Amended 8-14-1985 by Ord. No. 733; 9-13-1995 by Ord. No. 812]
STORAGE YARD
A lot, land or plot or part thereof used primarily for the collection, storage or deposit of automobiles, trucks or other vehicles or parts thereof which are defined as abandoned or junked.
[Added 10-11-1978 by Ord. No. 676]

§ 105-2 Prohibition of abandoned or junked vehicles; registration of repairable vehicles.

[Amended 2-8-1978 by Ord. No. 671]
A. 
It shall be unlawful to store or deposit an abandoned or junked vehicle or parts thereof on any public or private property, vacant or occupied, within the Township of Springfield where said vehicle is found to be a nuisance in fact.
B. 
For any abandoned or junked vehicle on private property to be considered a repairable vehicle, the owner of the vehicle must make an application to the Code Enforcement Officer, accompanied a registration fee of $30. The owner of the vehicle must certify that he is a resident of the property and intends to repair said vehicle within 30 days from the date of registration and to have the vehicle properly inspected, licensed and in operating condition within this allotted time. If the car is not repaired and in running condition within 30 days and the owner can prove a hardship, with a fee of $5 he may apply to renew his application for an additional 30 days. If the vehicle is not repaired by the end of the 30 days or, if extended, 60 days, the owner shall be found to be in violation of the Code and subject to the set penalties. Only one repairable vehicle permit may be issued to any given property address within any twelve-month period.
[Amended 7-11-1984 by Ord. No. 725; 9-11-1985 by Ord. No. 733; 9-13-1995 by Ord. No. 812; 4-11-2001 by Ord. No. 846]
C. 
Any individual or individuals that have registered a repairable vehicle with the Code Enforcement Officer may, with a fee of $20 and written proof of a requisition for necessary parts yet to be delivered, renew his application for an additional 120 days if, and only if, the vehicle in question is classified as an antique or classic motor vehicle as herein defined.
[Amended 7-11-1984 by Ord. No. 725; 9-11-1985 by Ord. No. 733; 9-13-1995 by Ord. No. 812; 4-11-2001 by Ord. No. 846]

§ 105-3 License required for junkyards and storage yards. [1]

[Amended 10-11-1978 by Ord. No. 676]
A. 
Any person, firm, association or corporation lawfully carrying on the business of or maintaining a junkyard or storage yard or deposit for one or more abandoned or junked automobiles, trucks or other vehicles or parts thereof within the Township of Springfield shall secure a license and pay a license fee of $75 at the time of application for said license.
[Amended 7-11-1984 by Ord. No. 725]
B. 
Such license shall not be issued until the following conditions have been complied with:
(1) 
The storage area is enclosed with a six-foot-high opaque fence, provided that one gate of a maximum width of 10 feet shall be permitted if the gate is locked during hours when the business or storage area is not being used.
(2) 
The storage area is set back 25 feet from the curbline of any and all streets abutting the property and, if there is no curbline, from the point where the limit of the cartway closest to the storage area to be licensed is located.
(3) 
Such other conditions and specifications which the township, by resolution, may prescribe to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the Township of Springfield.
C. 
The above license shall be deemed revoked should any of the above conditions set forth in Subsection B above, including the conditions and specifications authorized by Subsection B(3), be violated, and said violation shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
D. 
Any individual, firm, association or corporation that shall fail or refuse to obtain such a license shall be subject to the fines and penalties set forth in § 105-6 of this chapter.
E. 
All persons, firms, associations, partnerships or corporations carrying on an activity for which a license is required under this chapter shall have six months from the effective date of this chapter to comply with its terms.
[1]
Editor's Note: Automobile junkyards and automobile dismantling establishments are prohibited uses under § 114-137 of Ch. 114, Zoning.

§ 105-4 Service of notice of nuisance.

Whenever it is found that any person, partnership, association or corporation maintains any nuisance or nuisances in fact within the Township of Springfield, the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Springfield shall serve notice to that effect upon the person, partnership, association or corporation maintaining such nuisance. Such notice shall describe the condition complained of and shall require the same to be made safe, to be corrected or to be removed.

§ 105-5 Abatement procedures.

Should such person, partnership, association or corporation fail, neglect or refuse to make such condition safe or to correct or to remove it, to the end that the same shall not constitute a nuisance in fact, the Board of Commissioners may abate or cause to be abated such nuisance, and the expenses of such abatement shall be paid by such person, partnership, association or corporation. The cost of such abatement, correction or removal of such nuisance shall be collected from such person, partnership, association or corporation, by said Board of Commissioners of the Township of Springfield, by summary proceeding to be brought before a District Justice in such township.

§ 105-6 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 7-13-1988 by Ord. No. 756]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or who shall fail to comply with any notice from the Board of Commissioners aforesaid, upon conviction thereof, shall forfeit and pay a fine of not more than $1,000 to the Township of Springfield, the same to be collected by summary proceedings brought in the name of the township. A new and separate offense shall be deemed to be committed for each day that such violation exists after notice to abate has been received or after conviction therefor.