[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Springdale 5-21-1958 by Ord. No. 712 (Ch. 73 of the 1969 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose and intent of this chapter is:
To provide certain minimum standards, provisions and requirements for safe, sanitary and suitable methods of construction and operation of present and future trailer parks within the Borough of Springdale.
To assure that trailer parks shall not become a menace to public health, morals, safety or welfare.
The following terms, phrases and words, as used in this chapter, shall have the following respective definitions:
- The Borough of Springdale.
- COTTAGE or CABIN
- Any portable or movable building or structure hired, rented or leased to any person or persons for purposes of bed or board, or both, either temporarily or permanently, and included in a trailer camp.
- HOUSE CAR
- Any vehicle for and used as sleeping or living quarters, mounted on wheels and propelled by its own power.
- OWNER or MANAGER
- Any persons, firm, corporation, association, partnership or society who has the control, direction, maintenance or supervision of a trailer park, whether as owner or otherwise. Executors, administrators, guardians, receivers or trustees may also be regarded as owners.
- Includes both singular and plural and means a human being, his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns, and also includes a firm, partnership, association, corporation or society, and its or their successors or assigns and their agents, servants and employees.
- Includes any street, alley, avenue, lane, boulevard, drive, public place or highway commonly used for the purpose of travel within the corporate limits of the Borough of Springdale.
- TRAILER COACH or TRAILER
- Any vehicle which is being used as sleeping or living quarters, which is or may be mounted on wheels and is or may be propelled, either by its own power or by another power-driven vehicle to which it is or can be attached. The term "trailer coach" also covers and includes a trailer car, automobile trailer and house trailer.
- TRAILER PARK and TRAILER CAMP
- Any lot, tract or parcel of land where two or more trailer coaches are parked by the day, week or for a longer period of time, either for or without compensation, and shall include any building, structure, tent, vehicle or enclosure used or intended for use as a part of the equipment of such trailer park.
- Any section or plot of ground used for the purpose of locating thereon one cabin, one cottage, one trailer, or one house car.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park any trailer coach on any street, alley, highway, sidewalk or other public place in the Borough of Springdale for a longer period than three hours.
No trailer coach shall be parked, used or occupied on any tract or ground within the Borough limits except in a duly licensed trailer park or upon premises where there is an occupied dwelling.
No person shall park, use or occupy any trailer coach for more than 48 hours on the premises where there is an occupied dwelling unless a permit therefor shall have been first obtained, nor shall any person permit such parking, use or occupancy until the occupant of the trailer has obtained a permit therefor. Not more than one trailer coach shall be parked or located upon such premises unless the same are licensed as a trailer park as provided herein.
The permit hereinabove required shall be obtained by the trailer coach occupant from the Borough Secretary. The permit shall be for a period of not more than 12 months and at a fee of $0.60 per week. The permit shall be granted only upon the written consent of the occupant of the premises where such trailer is to be parked.
Application for the permit shall contain the street and number of the occupied dwelling, the name of the occupant of said dwelling and his permission to locate; a statement of the nature and location of the sanitary facilities and the permission of the occupant of the dwelling house for their use; and a statement that all wastewater from trailer coach sinks shall be emptied into proper, sewer-connected fixtures.
It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, maintain, conduct or operate any present or future trailer park within the limits of the Borough of Springdale without first having obtained a license therefor from the Secretary of said Borough. Such license shall be for the fiscal year or any part thereof, ending December 31 of each calendar year.
The annual license fee for each license or renewal thereof to operate a trailer park shall be $25 if the area on which the park is to be operated is 30,000 square feet or less, and $3 for each additional 5,000 square feet or less. If the area of the trailer park is increased after the issuance of a license therefor or renewal thereof, the licensee shall pay the Borough a fee of $3 for each 5,000 square feet or fraction thereof that is added to the area of said trailer park. Such fee shall be paid to the Borough Secretary by the applicant at the time he files his application for such license or renewal. If such license is issued during any calendar year, the fee therefor shall be prorated, with the understanding that the month during which such license is issued shall be counted as a full month. Should the license be refused, the license fee shall be retained by the Borough to compensate it for the expense of the inspections hereinafter provided for. The license issued hereunder shall not be transferred to any other person or location.
License for trailer parks must be conspicuously displayed at such parks at all times.
Application for a license to operate a trailer park or renewal thereof shall be made to the Borough Secretary of Springdale Borough on a form to be furnished by the Borough. Such application shall contain the following: the name and address of the person, firm or corporation desiring to engage in such business; if applicant be a partnership, the names and addresses of the partners composing the same; street address of the premises where such trailer park is to be operated, so that it can be easily identified; the owner of said premises; and such other and further information as may be required by valid ordinances of the Borough.
Any applicant for a license to operate a trailer park shall agree in his application that some responsible adult person or persons will be in charge of the trailer park and available on the premises at all times. The licensee shall be responsible for any violation of the provisions of this chapter which occurs in the operation of such trailer park, except for violations by trailer occupants.
Each application for a license or renewal thereof shall be accompanied by four copies of a park plan clearly showing the following, either existing or as proposed:
The extent and area to be used for trailer park purposes.
Driveways at entrances and exits; location, dimensions and kind of roadways.
Locations and dimensions of sites for trailer coaches.
Location and number of sanitary facilities, including toilets, lavatories, toilet rooms, showers, washrooms and laundry-drying space.
Method, plan and location of sewage disposal.
Method and plan of garbage collection and removal.
Plan of water supply.
Plan of electric lighting.
The trailer park shall be located on a site drained so as not to permit water to become stagnant thereon; shall have an entrance and exit which may either be the same road or different roads; shall have driveways and/or roads covered with concrete, asphalt, gravel, shell or similar material not less than 10 feet wide for one-way traffic and driveways off of the main entrance, and 16 feet wide for two-way traffic; such roads and driveways shall be well-drained, maintained in good condition, and shall remain unobstructed and easily accessible to all trailer coaches.
The trailer park shall provide lots for each trailer coach and tow car, with an area of not less than 600 square feet, with a minimum width of 20 feet and a minimum depth of 30 feet; if the tow car is parked separately from the trailer coach, then the lot area shall be not less than 500 square feet and the minimum width shall be not less than 20 feet nor the minimum depth less than 25 feet. Each trailer coach shall be located at least 10 feet from the side of any other trailer, and at least 10 feet from the property line, and not nearer the street than the building line established by valid Borough ordinances or by other buildings on said street.
A sufficient supply of Borough water not more than 200 feet from any trailer coach shall be provided. Waste from this supply shall be emptied into a drain connected to the Borough sewerage system. No common drinking cup or vessel shall be provided or used. Trailer parks shall not be required to furnish drinking fountains. A sufficient supply of hot and cold water shall be provided at all times for bathing, washing and laundry facilities. No facilities solely for drinking water shall be located in the toilet compartments.
The trailer park shall provide flush toilets in conveniently located buildings. The buildings shall be roofed, adequately heated, well-lighted at all times, ventilated with sixteen-mesh screened openings, and constructed of moistureproof material, permitting satisfactory cleaning. The floors shall be of wood or concrete or similar material, kept in good repair at all times.
Toilets shall be enclosed in separate compartments with adequate doors or waterproof curtains for each compartment. Toilets shall be provided for each sex in the ratio of one toilet for every 20 females and one toilet for every 25 males. In addition to this, every male toilet room building shall have at least one urinal for men.
Toilet rooms shall contain one lavatory with hot and cold running water for each three toilets, but in every case there shall be not less than one lavatory with hot and cold running water in every toilet room.
Separate bathing facilities for each sex shall be provided. Each section shall contain one shower for each 10 trailer coaches, at least 30 inches square, with additional floor space for dressing purposes.
The construction of the showers shall be the same as or similar to that designated for the toilets by § 435-9, except for the floors of showers, which shall be concrete, slightly pitched to a floor drain or similar waterproof material, and the floors to the dressing compartments shall be of wood or concrete and shall be adequately heated and lighted at all times.
Liquid or other waste from sinks, iceboxes, lavatories, washbasins, bathtubs or showers in the trailer coaches shall be connected to the Borough sewer system, and such connection shall be so made as to prevent any leakage or seepage.
Liquid and other waste from shower, lavatories, toilets, bathtubs, also slop sinks and other plumbing fixtures, shall be emptied into the Borough sewer system.
The owner and/or operator of the trailer park shall provide supervision and equipment sufficient to prevent covering and/or littering the ground with garbage, rubbish, waste and debris. Flytight metal containers or other garbage receptacles with tight-fitting covers as provided by valid Borough ordinances shall be conveniently located in or on the trailer park at a central point. The owner and operator of the trailer park shall keep such containers and receptacles in a sanitary condition at all times. No garbage is to be burned in or on any part of said trailer park. The owner and/or operator of said park shall, and he is hereby required to, dispose of such garbage in a lawful manner at his expense at least twice weekly. It shall be unlawful for anyone to empty, pour, drop, spill, throw or drain wastewater, garbage or other refuse on, over or upon the surface of any trailer park.
Upon receipt by the Borough Secretary of the application for a trailer park license or a renewal thereof, said officer or his duly authorized representatives shall enter upon the premises described in said application and inspect same for the purpose of ascertaining that the provisions of this chapter and any and all ordinances of said Borough and the laws and statutes of the State of Pennsylvania and the United States of America have been and are being complied with by said applicant. Upon being satisfied that the applicant is complying with all the requirements set forth above, the Borough Secretary shall issue a license to the applicant to operate the trailer park applied for, provided the license fees described herein have been fully paid and the improvements to said trailer park have been made in accordance with the terms and provisions of this chapter. Should such application be refused, then the applicant shall, within 10 days thereafter, be notified in writing by the Borough Secretary of the reasons for the refusal, and he shall have the right to appeal from such decision as herein provided.
The owner and/or manager of the trailer park shall keep an accurate and up-to-date record of all guests and occupants, noting thereon the following:
The above records shall be open for inspection at all times by the Police Department, Borough Secretary or his duly authorized representative, which representative shall, upon request of the licensee, produce a letter signed by the Borough Secretary showing his authority to make such inspections.
No dogs, cats or other animals, nor chickens or other fowls of any kind shall be permitted to run at large in or on any trailer park in violation of any valid Borough ordinances.
Animals and cars should be washed at trailer parks only at such place or places as are designated on the park plan.
The owner and/or operator of each trailer park shall report to the County Health Department all cases of contagious and communicable diseases or such suspected cases affecting any guest, occupant or employee of the trailer park within 24 hours after learning thereof, and such party shall also report immediately to the Police Department of the Borough all legal violations and act of disorderly conduct committed by any person or persons within the boundaries of said trailer park.
No gasoline or other inflammable fluids shall be kept in, on or near any trailer coach except for domestic use, and even then the quantity so kept shall not exceed one gallon per trailer coach.
Every trailer park shall maintain adequate lighting facilities at all times.
The owner and/or operator of each trailer park shall keep and maintain said park and all toilets and showers or other equipment and other improvements in connection therewith in a clean and sanitary condition at all times and shall maintain such equipment in a state of good repair.
Adequate space shall be provided at the trailer park for drying clothes of the trailer occupants.
The Borough Council or any other duly authorized employee of the Borough shall have the right and authority to enter upon the trailer parks at any and all reasonable times for the purpose of inspecting same and to see that no legal violations are being made. If the licensee violates any of the provisions of this chapter, or if upon the aforesaid inspection it shall be found that the lessee or any of his agents, representatives or employees are violating any provision of this chapter or any other ordinances of the Borough of Springdale or the laws of the State of Pennsylvania, such violations shall be reported to the Borough Secretary, and, upon receipt thereof, said officer shall have the right, power and authority to revoke, or suspend for any period of time, any license or renewal thereof issued hereunder, after written notice to the licensee and proper hearing concerning the matter.
The Borough Secretary shall, upon refusing to issue a trailer park license or a renewal thereof, or upon revoking or suspending any such license, notify, in writing, the licensee of the reasons therefor.
[Amended 11-20-2018 by Ord. No. 1277]
Any person or persons, corporations, or organizations found guilty of violating any provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof by the Magisterial District Judge, be fined the sum of not less than $300 nor more than $600 and, upon failure to pay, incarcerated in the Allegheny County Jail for a period not exceed 30 days. Every violation of this chapter and each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense and shall be subject to separate and distinct penalty hereunder without further notice or additional citation to the offender.
If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or portion of this chapter is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct and independent provision, and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions thereof.