[HISTORY: Adopted by Common Council of City of North Tonawanda 10-22-1945. Amendment noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership or corporation to engage in the motor vehicle salvage business except in strict accordance with the provisions of this ordinance.
MOTOR VEHICLE SALVAGE BUSINESS — Is hereby defined as the business of buying or storing motor vehicles unfit for use on the public highways and the wrecking, demolishing or taking the same apart and selling or offering for sale or storing used parts of motor vehicles.
No license shall be granted hereunder until the applicant shall have paid to the City Treasurer the fee hereinafter required and shall have filed with the City Clerk a written application therefor containing the following information on blanks provided by the City Clerk:
The full name and residence of the applicant and, in case of a partnership, the names and residences of each of the members and, in case of a corporation, the full names and residences of the officers thereof.
The address and brief description of the premises where the licensed business is to be carried on.
A complete statement of the character of the proposed business.
A list of the articles and merchandise proposed to be dealt in.
Such information as the Common Council may from time to time require.
The applicant for such a license shall execute and file with the City Clerk permission for the Police Department and any members thereof to inspect and search the licensed premises at any reasonable time.
The power and authority to grant or refuse the license provided for herein is hereby vested in the Mayor of the City of North Tonawanda and, in considering the same, he shall take into account the character and nature of the neighborhood and surrounding property of the premises upon which it is proposed to conduct such business, the health, safety and general welfare of the public and the character, reputation of the applicant in connection with the maintenance and operation of a business of this character. All licenses issued hereunder shall expire on the 31st day of December following the date of their issuance unless sooner revoked for cause or by passage of an ordinance by the City of North Tonawanda further restricting the motor vehicle salvage business for which such license shall have been issued.
For the purpose of providing funds for the licensing, regulation and supervision of the motor vehicle salvage business, a license fee of $100 per calendar year or for any fractional part of such year for which license hereunder shall be issued is hereby fixed and established.
All licenses shall be numbered consecutively, and the City Clerk shall furnish to each licensee a card setting forth his or its name and the number of such licenses. The City Clerk is hereby authorized to secure the necessary blanks and cards, and the expense thereof shall be a charge against the general fund of the city and all moneys derived from the issuance of such licenses shall be credited to said general fund.
Each licensee shall furnish to the Chief of Police on the first day of each month a written report of all motor vehicles purchased from it during the preceding month, containing a description of such vehicle, its license number and motor number and the names and addresses of the sellers and purchasers.
Every motor vehicle salvage yard shall be enclosed by a substantial solid board fence or equivalent, not less than six feet nor more than eight feet in height, approved by the City Building Inspector and maintained in a proper condition of repair. Articles placed in the salvage yard shall be so piled not to rest against or project over the enclosure. It shall be unlawful to affix or display or permit to be affixed or displayed upon such enclosing fence any picture, sign, bill, notice or other thing for the purpose of advertising. Such fence shall be kept painted in a uniform color. Any openings in such fence shall be fitted with gates which shall be kept closed when not used for ingress or egress to or from the premises.
The automobile salvage business, including the demolition of automobiles, shall not be conducted on Sunday.
Discarded or other materials shall not be burned on the licensed premises.
Motor vehicles without state license plates for the current year shall not be allowed to stand upon any portion of the public street adjacent to such premises.
The licensed premises shall be open at all reasonable times for inspection by the Health Department of the city and no nuisance shall be permitted to exist on such premises.
The several terms and provisions of this section shall be deemed severable, and if any provision hereof or the application hereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of the section and the applicability of such provisions to other persons and circumstances shall not be affected thereby.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25 or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not less than 20 days nor more than 40 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and by the revocation of his license.
This ordinance shall take effect immediately.