Borough of Waynesboro, PA
Franklin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Waynesboro 3-20-1963 by Ord. No. 541 (Ch. XIV, Part 3 of the 1970 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 5-20-1964 by Ord. No. 556]
Whenever used in this chapter, unless a different meaning appears in the context, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PERSON
Any natural individual, firm, company, corporation, tenant, owner, trust, partnership, association, lessee, licensee or agent.
SALVAGE YARD or JUNKYARD
Any land, building or other places, having an area of 100 square feet or more, used and/or maintained for the collection, storage, keeping, abandonment, demolition, or dismantling of scrap and discarded materials that no longer function as the use for which they were designed and/or manufactured. The scrap and discarded materials include, but are not limited to, vehicles, machinery, plumbing fixtures and electrical appliances.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, operate or maintain or permit to be established, operated or maintained upon any property owned or controlled by him a salvage yard or junkyard within the limits of the Borough of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, without having first secured a license therefor from the Borough Manager, granted and existing in compliance with the terms of this chapter, which license shall expire one year from the date of issuance, but may be renewed under the provisions of this chapter for additional periods of one year.
B. 
The application for a license for a salvage yard not heretofore in operation shall be filed with the Borough Manager and shall be accompanied by a filing fee of $50. The application for new salvage yards shall be in writing signed by the applicant and shall include the following:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant.
(2) 
The name and address of the owner or owners of the land upon which the salvage yard is to be laid out.
(3) 
The location and legal description of the salvage yard.
(4) 
A complete layout of the proposed salvage yard indicating compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
(5) 
Plans for and specifications of all fencing, sewer and water facilities and access driveways.
(6) 
Such further information as may be requested by the Borough Manager's office to enable it to determine if the proposed salvage yard will comply with legal requirements.
C. 
The application and all accompanying plans and specifications shall be filed in triplicate. The Borough Manager or his duly appointed designee shall investigate the applicant and inspect the application and the proposed plans and specifications. If the salvage yard will be in compliance with all provisions of this chapter and all other applicable ordinances and statutes the Borough Manager shall approve the application and upon completion of the salvage yard according to the plan shall issue the license.
D. 
The application for a license for an existing salvage yard shall be filed with the Borough Manager and shall be accompanied with a fee of twenty-five dollars. The application shall be in writing signed by the applicant and shall include the following:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant.
(2) 
The name and address of the owner or owners of the land upon which the salvage yard is maintained.
(3) 
Such further information as may be required by the Borough Manager's office to enable it to determine if the salvage yard is in compliance with legal requirements.
E. 
The application shall be filed in triplicate. The Borough Manager or his duly appointed designee shall inspect the application and if the existing salvage yard is in compliance with all provisions of this chapter and statutes the Borough Manager shall approve the application and shall issue the license.
F. 
Upon application in writing by a licensee for renewal of a license and upon payment of the annual license fee of $10 the Borough Manager shall issue a certificate renewing such license for another year.
G. 
Any person desiring to extend the area of a salvage yard will be required to make application for a new license as set forth in Subsection B, supra, and will be required to comply with all provisions of this chapter for a new salvage yard.
[Amended 5-20-1964 by Ord. No. 556]
Junkyards and salvage yards shall conform to the following requirements:
A. 
Fences:
(1) 
No junkyard or salvage yard may be established or enlarged until the land upon which it is to be situated shall be fenced with a fence of board, masonry or other suitable fencing of a minimum height of eight feet surrounding the immediate area where the activities of said junkyard are to be conducted; provided that means of ingress and egress thereto shall have gates, doors or other types of barriers of at least said minimum height which shall be closed and locked when the junkyard is not in operation.
(2) 
Existing junkyards and salvage yards not having existing fencing or walls shall install fencing in accordance with § 156-3A(1), supra, within 18 months from the date of the adoption of this chapter as a condition of maintaining their license.
B. 
Proximity to streams: All junkyards and salvage yards shall be maintained so that any adjacent stream or body of water shall not be polluted or damaged by the drainage or dumping of waste materials or substances therein.
C. 
Sewage and utilities:
(1) 
All new and enlarged junkyards having an employee on the premises as an attendant shall as a condition of securing a license make proper connection to water, sanitary sewer and other utilities and provide adequate rest rooms for employees and customers.
(2) 
All existing junkyards and salvage yards having an employee on the premises as an attendant shall make proper connection to water, sanitary sewer and other utilities and install adequate rest rooms for employees and customers within 18 months from the date of the adoption of this chapter as a condition of maintaining their license.
D. 
Fire hazards: No materials or refuse shall be collected, accumulated, or stored in such a manner that the same shall constitute a fire hazard to the general public as determined by the fire hazard inspector or as defined by any fire code heretofore or hereafter adopted.
E. 
Burning: Burning of material shall be controlled so as to prevent objectionable odor, smoke or air pollution beyond the lot.
F. 
Sanitation and health: Adequate safeguards shall be provided against vermin infestation and breeding and to prevent drainage into streets, alleys or public ways of waste materials or accumulations of dirt.
G. 
Lighting: Any night lighting of junkyards or salvage yards shall be shielded to avoid projection on to adjacent residences.
H. 
Nuisance: junkyards and salvage yards shall be operated in such manner that the same shall not become a public nuisance.
All new or enlarged junkyards or salvage yards shall conform to the following requirements:
A. 
The fencing required by § 156-3A, supra, shall be set back 30 feet from any existing street or alley, 20 feet from all adjoining lot lines, and shall be located at least 100 feet from any permanent residential building.
B. 
Natural evergreen screening (trees, bushes, hedges, etc.) shall be planted and maintained between the fencing heretofore required and the street, alley or lot lines with a depth of not less than five feet and to grow to eight feet in height.
C. 
Adequate access driveways shall be provided to connect the salvage yard with a street or alley.
The licensee or a duly authorized agent shall be in charge at all times when the junkyard or salvage yard is open to the public to keep the materials collected and stored therein in a safe condition. The agent shall be answerable, with the licensee, for the violation of any provisions of this chapter to which the licensee is subject.
The Borough Manager at the direction of the Borough Council may revoke any license to maintain and operate a junkyard or salvage yard when the licensee has been found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction of violating any provision of this chapter. After such a conviction, the license may be reissued if the circumstances leading to a conviction have been remedied and the salvage yard or junkyard is being maintained and operated in full compliance with this chapter.
Any person violating any sections of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not less than five dollars nor more than $50 for each offense. Each 24 hours of maintenance of prohibited condition shall constitute a separate offense. Such fine or penalty shall be recovered for the use of the Borough before any Magisterial District Judge of the said Borough in the manner provided by law. In default of payment of the fine the offender may be sentenced to the County Jail for a period not exceeding five days for each offense.