Township of Springfield, PA
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Springfield 11-6-1972 by Ord. No. 6-1972. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Junk Dealer and Junkyard Ordinance."
Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following words and phrases shall be construed throughout this chapter to have the meanings herein indicated:
BOARD
The Board of Supervisors of Springfield Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.
JUNK
Any discarded metal products or materials, scrapped appliances, scrap iron, scrap metal, scrapped, abandoned or junked motor vehicles, and any scrapped, abandoned or junked machinery.
JUNK DEALER
Any person, as hereinafter defined, who shall have one or more junked motor vehicles and who shall engage in the business of storing, selling, buying, salvaging, processing, fabricating, renovating, trading and dealing in junk and junked motor vehicles, and who maintains and operates a junkyard within the Township of Springfield.
JUNKYARD
Any place where any junk, as hereinbefore defined, is stored, disposed of, sold, traded, accumulated, processed, renovated, recycled, dismantled or reassembled.
LICENSE
The permit granted to a person who accumulates, stores, sells, trades, processes, fabricates, disposes of, or deals in junk as hereinbefore defined.
PERSON
Includes any individual, partnership, association, firm and corporation.
TOWNSHIP
Springfield Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.
From and after the effective date of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person, persons, firm or corporation to engage or continue to engage in business as a junk dealer or to establish or maintain or continue to operate or maintain a junkyard within the limits of Springfield Township, except as provided in this chapter.
All persons, firms or corporations presently engaged or intending to engage in business as a junk dealer, or operating or maintaining or intending to establish or maintain a junkyard within the limits of the Township of Springfield, shall obtain a permit from the Secretary of the Springfield Township Board of Supervisors, which permit shall be granted for a period of one year, except all permits shall expire on December 31 of the year in which they are granted. No permit issued by the Springfield Township Board of Supervisors shall be transferable by the licensee to any other person, unless such transfer is authorized by the Board of Supervisors, subject, however, to full compliance with this chapter.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
The license fee shall be submitted to the Township Secretary with the application for a permit. If the permit is not issued, the license fee shall be returned to the applicant. The license fee for the initial year shall be prorated on a monthly basis if not effective on January 1 of such year. The license fee shall be calculated in accordance with the following schedule as determined by the land to be used by the licensee, excluding all setback areas:
A. 
For an area of 43,560 square feet (one acre) or less, the annual license fee shall be established by resolution of the Board of Supervisors from time to time.
B. 
For an area of more than 43,560 square feet (one acre), the annual license fee shall be established by resolution of the Board of Supervisors from time to time.
The Board of Supervisors of the Township of Springfield shall have the right to revoke or suspend a permit, and to refuse to renew or transfer a permit for noncompliance with the provisions of this chapter. Upon receipt of the application for a permit to establish a junkyard and business as a junk dealer, the application shall be reviewed by Board of Supervisors of Springfield Township, and the premises examined by them or their agents. The Supervisors or their agents may suggest revisions to the applicant. An application for a permit shall be accompanied by a plan and such other descriptive material sufficient to clearly define the licensed area. The plan shall indicate the adjacent boundaries of the premises on which the business is to be located, the area that will be used for the junkyard, and any structures or buildings thereon.
From and after the effective date of this chapter, no junkyard shall be maintained closer to any street or public road than 50 feet, or closer than 10 feet to any adjacent properties.
Every junk dealer licensed under this chapter shall constantly maintain the licensed premises in accordance with this chapter, and in a manner prescribed by this section and any subsequent regulations by the Board of Supervisors.
A. 
Such premises shall at all times be maintained so as not to constitute a nuisance or a menace to the health of the community or of residents nearby or a place for the breeding of rodents or vermin.
B. 
The Board of Supervisors or their agents shall have the right to inspect junkyards at reasonable times to insure compliance with this chapter.
C. 
Whenever any motor vehicle shall be received in such premises as junk, all gasoline shall be drained and removed therefrom.
D. 
The manner of storage and arrangement of junk and the drainage facilities of the premises shall be such as to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water upon the premises.
E. 
All junk kept, stored, or arranged on the licensed premises shall at all times be kept, stored and arranged within the junkyard as described in the application for license.
F. 
There shall be established and maintained in all junkyards parallel aisles or roadways of not less than 15 feet in width and not more than 200 feet apart. All aisles or roadways must be kept clean at all times.
A. 
Any person, persons, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter or failing to comply therewith or with any of the requirements thereof shall, upon conviction before any Magisterial District Judge, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $300, together with costs of prosecution and, in default of payment thereof, shall be committed to the Mercer County Jail for a term not more than 30 days.
B. 
Each day during which any violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense within the meaning hereof.
A. 
The Supervisors of Springfield Township, in addition to the penalty provisions contained in § 223-9 above, may take appropriate legal proceedings in law or equity to enforce the provisions of this chapter if such proceedings be lawful and if the Supervisors wish to do so.
B. 
This section shall in no way limit or restrict the provisions of § 223-9.