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Township of West Goshen, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Goshen 8-4-1954. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Garbage — See Ch. 45.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 63.
Sewage disposal nuisances — See Ch. 66.
Snow and ice removal — See Ch. 68.
The following uses of and activities upon real property in the Township of West Goshen are hereby declared to be nuisances and are hereby prohibited:
A. 
The use of any premises as a trash or garbage dump.
B. 
The depositing or dumping of any amount of trash or garbage upon the premises of another or upon public property.
C. 
The burning of or setting fire to trash, rubbish, refuse or garbage brought upon and accumulated or stored on any premises from any other location or locations.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 31, Burning, Outdoor.
D. 
The accumulation or storage of junked or wrecked automobiles as an automobile graveyard.
E. 
The accumulation or storage of scrap metal or other waste material as a junkyard.
F. 
The storing of gasoline, kerosene or other petroleum products in excess of 5,000 gallons, except by gasoline service stations or petroleum products companies.
G. 
Any use of or activity upon property that, by reason of flames, smoke, odors, fumes, noise or dust, unreasonably interferes with the reasonable use, comfort and enjoyment of a neighbor's property or endangers the health or safety of the occupants of a neighboring property.
H. 
The excessive or unreasonable accumulation of scrap, junk, trash or garbage upon any premises causing odors, fumes or unsightly appearance to neighboring property owners.
I. 
Unless otherwise permitted by the issuance of a permit by the Township for construction purposes pursuant to Chapter 70 of the West Goshen Township Code titled, "Streets and Sidewalks," the placement of any object, structure or property in a street or sidewalk which will obstruct, hinder or delay public travel thereon or constitute a safety hazard.
[Added 9-28-2005 by Ord. No. 12-2005]
J. 
Vibration that violates Chapter 78B of the Code of Ordinances of West Goshen Township. In the case of vibration that violates Chapter 78B of this Code, the violations and penalties provisions of Chapter 78B shall supersede the violations and penalties provisions of § 53-3 of this Code.
[Added 5-21-2018 by Ord. No. 4-2018]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUTOMOBILE GRAVEYARD
The storage of two or more junked or wrecked automobiles on any premises but shall not include the storage of wrecked automobiles in a commercial district in connection with an automobile repair business, where the wrecked automobiles are stored merely awaiting the repair thereof in the immediate future.
STREET (SYNONYMOUS WITH HIGHWAY OR ROAD)
The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly or privately maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel, which also includes a roadway open to the use of the public for vehicular travel on the grounds of a college or university or public or private school or public, historical or Township park, shopping center or private roads in subdivisions or land developments utilized as a means of egress and ingress by members of the traveling public.
[Added 9-28-2005 by Ord. No. 12-2005]
TRASH OR GARBAGE DUMP
The accumulation or storage of trash, refuse, rubbish or garbage which has been brought upon or conveyed to a premises from sources or locations other than the premises upon which said trash, refuse, rubbish or garbage is stored or accumulated, whether the owner of such premises is compensated for said dumping or not.
[Amended 7-24-1996 by Ord. No. 7-1996; 3-19-2019 by Ord. No. 4-2019]
Any person who violates or permits the violation of any provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding brought before a District Justice under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be subject to the payment of a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000, plus the costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment in the county prison for a term of not more than 30 days. Each section or provision of this chapter that is violated shall constitute a separate offense, and each day or portion thereof in which a violation of this chapter is found to exist shall constitute a separate offense, each of which violations shall be punishable by a separate fine imposed by the District Justice of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000, plus the costs of prosecution, or upon default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment in the county prison for a term of not more than 30 days. All fines and penalties collected for the violation of this chapter shall be paid to the Township Treasurer.