[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Pennsauken 3-13-1978 by Ord. No. 78-3 as Ch. 161 of the 1977 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- MOTOR VEHICLE JUNK BUSINESS or MOTOR VEHICLE JUNKYARD
- Any business and any place of storage or deposit which displays or in or upon which there is displayed, to the public view two or more unregistered motor vehicles which, in the opinion of the Township Committee, are unfit for reconditioning for use for highway transportation, or used parts of motor vehicles, or material which has been a part of any motor vehicle, the sum of which parts or material shall, in the opinion of the Township Committee, be equal in bulk to two or more motor vehicles.
- Includes a person of either sex, any natural person or association of natural persons, associations, partnership or corporation.
No motor vehicle junk business or motor vehicle junkyard shall be operated, conducted or maintained within the limits of the Township of Pennsauken unless pursuant to a license issued in accordance with the terms of this chapter.
Any person or persons desiring to operate, conduct or maintain a motor vehicle junk business or junkyard shall first make application, in writing, to the Township Committee for a license therefor, which application shall set forth:
Upon receipt of an application for said license, the Township Committee shall hold a public hearing upon such application, notice of which hearing shall be given to such applicant in writing and by publication once in a newspaper having a circulation within the Township of Pennsauken, not less than seven days prior to the day of said hearing.
No license for a motor vehicle junk business or a motor vehicle junkyard shall be granted unless the Township Committee shall, after such hearing, find that no unreasonable depreciation of surrounding property would ensue from the establishment or maintenance of such motor vehicle junk business or junkyard and that the best interests of the community require the operation of such junkyard or business at the location designated. The proximity of schools, churches or other places of public gatherings, the sufficiency in number of other similar places in the vicinity and the suitability of the applicant to receive such license shall be taken into consideration in considering such application.
At the conclusion of said hearing, or as soon thereafter as may be convenient, the Township Committee shall announce its decision, of which the applicant shall be given notice in writing by the Township Clerk. The Township Committee, if it shall grant such license, may impose upon the establishment or maintenance of any such motor vehicle junk business or junkyard such conditions as it shall deem advisable, having regard to the depreciation of surrounding property and the health, safety and general welfare of the public, and no license for any such junkyard or business shall be issued until such conditions shall have been performed.
Every person to whom a license to operate a motor vehicle junk business or motor vehicle junkyard shall be issued shall pay an annual license fee of $100 to the Township Clerk, which license fee shall be prorated for the first year.
[Amended 9-12-1984 by Ord. No. 84-26]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,250 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge.