Township of Carroll, PA
York County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Carroll Township 7-3-1986 by Ord. No. 58-1986. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
FARM MACHINERY
All types of machinery and equipment which were originally manufactured for farm use, which are retained on farm properties, either as operable equipment or for the purpose of salvaging repair parts.
JUNK
Any discarded or salvageable article or material including, but not limited to, scrap metal, paper, rags, glass, containers, scrap wood, motor vehicles, trailers, machinery and equipment, with the exceptions of farm machinery and mobile homes or house trailers which are occupied or are properly placed and planned for occupancy.
JUNK DEALER
Any person who buys, sells, salvages, stores, or in any way deals in junk; or owns, leases, operates or maintains a junkyard within the municipality.
JUNKYARD
Any place where junk as herein defined is stored or accumulated. Any premises as herein defined having two or more unlicensed motor vehicles and/or unlicensed trailers thereon shall be deemed to be a junkyard, except that the foregoing shall not apply to duly licensed automobile dealers having operable vehicles on their premises for resale. Such exception shall not apply to inoperable vehicles being stored primarily for salvage purposes.
MOTOR VEHICLE
All types of automobiles, trucks and tractors, including self-propelled machinery of all kinds, with the exception of farm machinery.
PERSON
Any natural person, partnership, firm, company, corporation or other legal entity.
PREMISES
Any parcel of land situated in the Township of Carroll, York County, having a separate Tax Map parcel number for county assessment purposes.
SOLID WASTE
Any waste, including but not limited to municipal, residual or hazardous wastes, including solid, liquid, semisolid or contained gaseous material.
TRAILER
Any wheeled vehicles not self-propelled; drawn by a motor vehicle.
B. 
In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural; the plural shall include the singular; and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.
No person may be a junk dealer as herein defined within the municipality without first obtaining a license to operate as herein described.
A. 
Any person desiring to be a licensed junk dealer in Carroll Township shall first make written application to the Board of Supervisors. Such application shall be in the form established by the Board of Supervisors and shall set forth the applicant's name and address, include an accurate description of the premises on which the junkyard is to be located including the York County Tax Map parcel number(s), and a statement that the applicant will comply with this chapter and any regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter, and such other information as the Board of Supervisors may require.
B. 
An application for license under this chapter shall be examined by the Board of Supervisors or duly authorized agent thereof and license issued or refused within 60 days of submission to the Board of Supervisors. Examination of the application shall include consideration of the suitability of the property proposed to be used for the purpose of the license, the character of nearby properties, and the effect of the proposed use upon the Township of Carroll, York County. When the application is found in compliance with the provisions herein given, the Board of Supervisors or its agent shall issue a license to the junk dealer applicant for operation of the junkyard as described in the application.
C. 
The license fee shall consist of two parts: the application fee shall be as set from time to time by the Board of Supervisors and it is not returnable in case of refusal of license; the annual license fee shall be as set by the Board of Supervisors and included in the current Township Schedule of Fees. All fees are due, payable to and for the use of the Township of Carroll, York County, at time of application. The Board of Supervisors or its agent may waive the application fee when issuing renewed licenses. The period of any license issued under this chapter shall be for one calendar year or portion thereof, and shall terminate on December 31 of the year in which issued.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
D. 
Licenses issued under this chapter are required to be renewed on or before January 1 of the year in which it is desired to continue operations. Such application for renewal must be in writing, in such form as may be required by the Board of Supervisors and accompanied by the license fee. Renewal applications are subject to complete reexamination and consideration by the Board of Supervisors or its agents for continued compliance with the terms of this chapter.
E. 
No person licensed under this chapter shall, by virtue of one license, operate more than one business or junkyard within the municipality. No person shall engage in business or operate a junkyard at any place other than the place designated by his license. Licenses are nontransferable, both as to junk dealer and junkyard premises. The permitted size of a junkyard shall be fixed at the time of license issuance, with due regard for the existing and proposed uses of the surrounding area and properties.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
The license under which the junkyard is operated shall at all times be conspicuously posted on the licensed premises, and the operating requirements as herein provided shall be complied with.
A. 
Permanent records of all junk received in or removed from any junkyard shall be kept by the junk dealer on the premises, containing the name and address from whom received or to whom delivered, the date thereof, and a description of the junk. Such records shall be open to inspection at all reasonable times by the Board of Supervisors or its agent, and by any law enforcement officer.
B. 
Junkyards and businesses licensed under this chapter may not operate on Sunday, nor between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., except to remove any wrecked automobile from any public highway.
All junk in junkyards licensed under this chapter shall be stored as herein provided:
A. 
All junk shall be set back at least 50 feet from property lines and at least 100 feet from residential zones or uses.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
B. 
All junk shall be stored and arranged so as to permit access by firefighting equipment. Junked motor vehicles shall be spaced in rows with at least 15 feet between double rows; other junk shall be stored in piles or tiers which shall be separated by aisles or cleared areas of no less than six feet.
C. 
Junk shall be arranged so as to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water, and shall be stacked to a height of not more than eight feet from the ground.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
D. 
All gasoline and oil shall be drained from junked motor vehicles within 30 days of arrival on premises. Storage must meet current DEP standards regarding fuel storage.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
E. 
Paper, rags, plastics and similar materials for salvage shall be stored indoors.
Paper, rags, plastic and similar materials for salvage shall not be accumulated or remain on the junkyard premises for more than 60 days. Materials separated as solid waste shall not be accumulated for more than 30 days.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
No material shall be burned or melted down at any time.
Garbage, organic waste, or plain solid waste shall not be received or stored in any junkyard. Materials designated as solid waste may be received only as mixed with salvageable materials and shall be promptly disposed of as herein provided.
Every junk dealer licensed under this chapter shall enclose and maintain his junkyard as herein provided:
A. 
The outdoor area devoted to the storage of junk shall be completely enclosed by an eight-foot high, completely opaque fence. Entrance gates shall be of similar material, well constructed, and shall be kept securely locked except during business hours. Fencing shall be maintained in good condition throughout its length at all times.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
B. 
Junkyard premises which have open-wire fence enclosures visible from an abutting public thoroughfare or from an abutting residential property within 500 feet of the fence shall have a landscaped screen of trees and/or shrubs, of varieties capable of attaining a continuous height of six feet within two years, planted along such fence or section of fence. All required open areas between fence and lot lines of the premises shall be maintained continuously in good order, free of weeds and scrub growth.
C. 
The area inside the fence and lot lines of any junkyard premises shall have weeds mowed regularly and not permitted to go to seed.
D. 
All junkyard premises shall be maintained in such manner so as not to cause a public or private nuisance. Nor shall they cause any menace to the health or safety of persons off the premises. Nor shall they cause any excessive or offensive or noxious odors or sounds. Nor shall they cause the breeding, harboring or infesting of rats, rodents or vermin. Nor shall they be in violation of any health or sanitation law or ordinance or regulation of any governmental body.
Every junk dealer and junkyard licensed under this chapter is subject to inspection and regulation as herein provided:
A. 
Any member of the Board of Supervisors or the agent of the Board may at any reasonable time enter upon the premises currently licensed or for which a license application is pending.
B. 
The Board of Supervisors may from time to time pursuant to resolution adopt regulations to carry out the provisions of this chapter, upon giving notice to licensees affected by such regulations.
The Board of Supervisors may waive the setback requirements as established by § 240-4A, and the planting requirements as established by § 240-8B, for those junkyards in existence at the time of the enactment of this chapter, if such junkyard is in compliance with the other requirements as provided by this chapter, and if, in the Board of Supervisors's discretion, compliance with said setback and planting requirements would cause undue hardship to such existing junkyard.
A. 
Junk dealers and junkyards operating and existing in the Township of Carroll, York County, on the effective date of this chapter shall be required to comply with the provisions of and obtain a license under this chapter within six months from the effective date.
B. 
However, an extension of the time allotted in complying with the terms of this chapter may be granted at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors. Such extension shall be for good reason, and shall not exceed six months.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.
The Board of Supervisors may take any appropriate action at law or equity, civil or criminal, to enforce the provisions of this chapter, and this chapter shall in no way restrict any remedies otherwise provided by law.
This chapter shall become effective on July 8, 1986.