[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Whiteland as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-7-1983 by Ord. No. 97]
Editor's Note: References throughout this article to chapter, part and section numbers of the 1983 Code of Ordinances are outdated with the publication of the 2005 Code. Refer to the Derivation Table at the end of this Code to convert old numbering to the current Code location.
The "Code of Ordinances, Township of West Whiteland," as prepared and published for the said Township of West Whiteland by Penns Valley Publishers, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is hereby adopted as a consolidation, codification and revision of the ordinances of the Township of West Whiteland. Chapters 1 through 27 thereof contain the text of the body of all general administrative and penal ordinances of the Township of West Whiteland organized as follows:
The codification referred to in § 1-1 of this article shall be known and cited officially as the "Township of West Whiteland Code of Ordinances," and all future ordinances shall make reference thereto. This article shall become effective immediately upon publication of notice of final enactment as required by law.
The provisions of the Township of West Whiteland Code of Ordinances, so far as they are the same as those ordinances and regulations in force immediately prior to the adoption of said Code, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and regulations and not as a new enactment. The provisions of the Township of West Whiteland Code of Ordinances shall not affect any suit or prosecution pending or to be instituted to enforce any of the prior ordinances or regulations.
As a necessary part of the codification, the following ordinances are hereby specifically repealed:
The following chapters, parts or sections are hereby enacted as revisions of current Township ordinances:
The following changes and amendments have been made to existing Township ordinances:
Minor changes have been made to correct obsolete terms and usages;
Where necessary, the penalty sections have been revised to comply with the Crimes Code or the Motor Vehicle Code; and
The following chapters, parts or sections have been amended to correct technical or legal provisions which are out-of-date or were overlooked in the enactment of the original ordinances:
The following chapters, parts or sections are enacted to consolidate and/or replace prior ordinances which have been repealed in § 1-4 hereof.
The following chapters, parts or sections are hereby enacted as a complete group or body or ordinances listed by title:
The procedure for amending the Code of Ordinances shall include the citation on the Chapter, Part, Section and subsection to be amended, revised, repealed or added as follows:
Amendment or Revision - "Chapter, Part, Section, Subsection is hereby amended [revised] to read as follows . . ."
Additions - "Chapter, Part, Section, Subsection, is hereby amended by the addition of the following . . ."
Repeal - "Chapter, Part, Section, Subsection is hereby repealed in its entirety.
It shall be the responsibility of the Township Secretary to maintain an up-to-day certified copy of the code of ordinances. This copy shall be the official copy of the Township's Code of Ordinances and shall be available for public inspection.
It shall be unlawful for anyone to change, alter, or tamper with the Code of Ordinances in any manner which will intentionally misrepresent the laws of the Township. Whosoever shall violate this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300; and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days.
It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Board of Supervisors that the chapters, parts, sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and phrases of this codification are severable. If any section, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this code is declared unconstitutional, illegal or otherwise invalid by the judgment or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction, that invalidity shall not affect any of the remaining chapters, parts, sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses or phrases of this codification.
[Adopted 4-12-2005 by Ord. No. 327]
The ordinances and legislation of the Township of West Whiteland of a general and permanent nature, including the 1983 Code of Ordinances adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Whiteland on November 7, 1983, as revised, codified and consolidated into chapters, articles and sections by General Code Publishers Corp. as set forth in the Derivation Table below, and as renumbered to consist of Chapters 1 through 325, together with an Appendix, are hereby approved, adopted, ordained and enacted as the "Code of the Township of West Whiteland," hereafter known and referred to as the "Code."
The provisions of the 2005 Code, insofar as they are substantively the same as those of ordinances and legislation of the Township of West Whiteland of a general and permanent nature, including the 1983 Code of Ordinances, in force immediately prior to the enactment of this ordinance, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and prior Code and not as new enactments, and the effectiveness of such provisions shall date from the date of adoption of the prior ordinance or Code provision. All such provisions are hereby continued in full force and effect and are hereby reaffirmed as to their adoption by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Whiteland, and it is the intention of said Board of Supervisors that each such provision contained within the 2005 Code is hereby reenacted and reaffirmed as it appears in said Code.
In compiling and preparing the ordinances and 1983 Code of Ordinances for publication as the 2005 Code of the Township of West Whiteland, no changes in the meaning or intent of such ordinances have been made. Certain grammatical changes and other minor nonsubstantive changes were made in one or more of said pieces of legislation. It is the intention of the Board of Supervisors that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the ordinances had been previously formally amended to read as such.
Throughout the Code, statutory references to the prior numbering of the Second Class Township Code, and/or other outdated statutory references, were revised to reflect the current citation.
Throughout the Code, the term "Department of Environmental Resources" (or "DER") has been revised to read "Department of Environmental Protection" (or "DEP").
Throughout the Code, references to "District Magistrate" or "Justice of the Peace" have been revised to read "District Justice."
This ordinance shall take effect five days after passage.