[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of North Versailles 4-17-1937 by Ord. No. 121 (Ch. 13, Part 2, of the 1987 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 2-14-1938 by Ord. No. 126; 11-17-1952 by Ord. No. 285; 3-19-1962 by Ord. No. 510]
The Board of Commissioners of the Township of North Versailles hereby ordains and enacts, by authority of the same, that no person, firm or corporation shall use, exercise or carry on the trade or business of buying, selling and dealing in junk automobiles or junk parts, junk, rope, scrap, iron, glass, lead, brass, copper and rags, bones and other materials commonly termed as junk, within the limits of the Township of North Versailles, without having first obtained a license from the Secretary of the Township of North Versailles, for which license such person, firm or corporation shall pay to the Treasurer of the Township of North Versailles the sum of $750, and which license shall be renewed annually on the first day of January of each year.
Each and every person, firm, or corporation desiring to carry on the junk automobiles or junk business within the Township of North Versailles, individually or by the use of a vehicle or vehicles for that purpose, whether the same be accompanied by one or more men, shall obtain a license from the said Secretary of said Township of North Versailles, for each and every such vehicle so used by said person, persons, firm or firms, corporation or corporations in carrying on the business of buying, selling and dealing in junk automobiles or junk parts, junk rope, scrap iron, glass, lead, brass, copper and rags, bones and other materials, commonly termed junk, within the limits of the Township of North Versailles, for each of which said licenses the sum of $300 shall be paid, as provided in Subsection A hereof.
No person, firm or corporation, licensed as provided in this chapter, shall, by virtue of said license or licenses, maintain more than one place of business and the location thereof shall be definitely specified in said license, nor shall said licensee or licensees engage in said business in any place in the Township other than that for which said license is granted, as described in said license.
No person, firm or corporation licensed under the provisions of this chapter shall receive or buy from minors or unknown and irresponsible parties any junk automobiles or junk parts, scrap iron, glass, brass, lead, copper or other metals, or rags, bones and other materials commonly termed as junk.
The premises of all persons, firms or corporations, wherever the same may be situate, so licensed shall be accessible at all times to the authorized representative of the Board of Commissioners of the Township of North Versailles, for the purpose of examining, inquiring into and searching for any articles and materials which may be received or purchased under the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 12-14-1942 by Ord. No. 181]
Every licensee, or licensees, in the conduct of a junk automobile or junk business in the Township of North Versailles is, or are, required and must comply with the following rules and regulations in the conduct of such duly licensed premises:
Every licensed premises must be entirely surrounded by a fence or barrier which is substantial, solid, and uniform as to appearance, height, character and substance, which fence or barrier must surround, encompass, and enclose all junk automobiles and junk within and on licensed premises. Such fence or barrier must be of the uniform height of 10 feet at all points thereof; and the fence or barrier shall include any portion therein that is used as a gate or entrance to said licensed premises. Where substantial buildings are already constructed to the property line of the licensed premises, the outer wall on said property line of such building shall constitute the fence and shall be an exception to the fence requirement hereunder; provided, however, that said outside wall of said building is of a height of at least 10 feet.
No burning of any junk, refuse, or other substance shall be permitted at said licensed premises at any time excepting on Wednesday of each week between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern standard time. At no time shall any licensee burn or permit the burning of any of his junk material or substance outside of the confines or limits of his licensed premises. Adequate measures and precautions must be taken by each licensee to control any lawfully permitted burning, which must be under constant control and supervision of the licensee or an attendant of said licensee during said burning. At no time shall any lawfully permitted burning be allowed to become dangerous or hazardous to surrounding properties or persons.
No licensee or licensees shall be permitted to pile or stock any junk, junk automobiles, or any other materials or substances of his business on his licensed premises in such manner as to constitute a hazard, danger or nuisance to persons or property within the Township of North Versailles, and particularly against any fence or barrier when the same is adjacent to, at or near public highways or properties of other persons and in danger of collapsing or otherwise harming or injuring persons or property of other persons.
Every licensee or licensees shall maintain adequate restroom or toilet facilities on the licensed premises in the conduct of his or their business.
No licensee or licensees shall permit or allow any junk automobiles or junk of any character to remain on the public highways or streets of the Township for a longer period than 1/2 hour, in order to reduce the hazards and dangers to the traveling public. During said 1/2 hour when said junk automobiles or junk is permitted to remain in any public highway, it is the exclusive responsibility of the licensee or licensees to care for, attend to, and adequately safeguard any users of the highway or any persons from injuries or damages to them or their property by the presence of said junk automobile or junk of any character in said highway.
The grant or issuance of any license or privilege under this chapter or any ordinance of the Township of North Versailles shall not permit or empower such licensee or licensees to maintain a nuisance, nor shall the grant of such license protect said licensee or licensees from liability for maintaining a nuisance in the conduct of his or their business, or for liability for any negligent conduct of said business.
All persons, firms or corporations so licensed shall keep and retain on their premises all of such junk automobiles and junk parts, scrap iron, glass, brass, lead, copper or other metals, and rags, bones and other materials commonly termed as junk in their original forms, shapes and conditions for a minimum period of 48 hours, and shall not dispose of, reduce, change or alter such original forms, shapes or conditions until such minimum period of 48 hours shall have passed.
[Amended 11-16-1987 by Ord. No. 857; 8-15-1988 by Ord. No. 867]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Every day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.