Township of Chestnuthill, PA
Monroe County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Chestnuthill 8-2-1965 by Ord. No. 9. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Solid waste and recycling — See Ch. 90.
Zoning — See Ch. 119.

§ 64-1 Definitions and word usage.

[Amended 7-23-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-13]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Any discarded, unusable, scrap or abandoned man-made or man-processed material or articles, such as the following types: metal, furniture, appliances, motor vehicle parts, aircraft, glass, plastics, machinery, equipment, containers and building materials. Junk shall not include solid waste temporarily stored in an appropriate container that is routinely awaiting imminent collection and proper disposal; toxic substances; yard waste; or items clearly awaiting imminent recycling at an appropriate location.[1]
Any person, as hereinafter defined, who shall engage in the business of selling, buying, salvaging, dealing or storing junk.
Includes any vehicle or trailer that meets any of the following conditions:[2]
Cannot be moved under its own power, in regards to a vehicle designed to move under its own power, other than a vehicle clearly needing only minor repairs;
Cannot be towed, in regards to a trailer designed to be towed;
Has been demolished beyond repair;
Has been separated from its axles, engine, body or chassis; and/or
Includes only the axle, engine, body parts and/or chassis, separated from the remainder of the vehicle.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
Word usage.
The word "person," as used in this chapter, shall mean any natural person, partnership, firm or corporation.
In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural, and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.

§ 64-2 License required; fee. [1]

No person shall engage in business as a junk dealer in the Township of Chestnuthill without first having obtained a license from the Township Supervisors, for which license the fee shall be as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors, such fee to be for the use of the Township. Such license shall be renewed annually on or before the first day of January of each year, provided that, in any case where a junk dealer's business shall be established in the Township on or after the first of July in any year, the license fee payable by such junk dealer for the remainder of such year shall be at 1/2 the yearly rate.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 64-3 Issuance and posting of license; marking of vehicles.

The license provided for in § 64-2 shall be issued by the Township after application shall have been made therefor by the person desiring to be licensed. Such license shall state the name of the person to whom such license is issued and the premises from which such business is to be conducted. Such license shall be posted conspicuously upon the premises licensed thereunder. The name of the licensed junk dealer and the number of the license under which he operates shall be placed in a conspicuous place on the outside of every vehicle used for business purposes by such dealer.

§ 64-4 Restriction on number of places of business.

No person licensed under this chapter shall, by virtue of one license, keep more than one place of business within the Township of Chestnuthill for the purpose of buying, selling and dealing in junk, nor shall any such person engage in business as a junk dealer in any place other than the place designated upon his license, nor shall any such person or any other person operate upon any of the streets of the Township, whether from a vehicle or on foot, as a scavenger or an itinerant buyer or seller of junk.

§ 64-5 Transfer of license; fee.

[Amended 7-23-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-13[1]]
No license issued under this chapter shall be transferable from one person to another person, except when the ownership of a licensed premises shall change. In any such case, the new owner shall apply for a transfer of such license to him and shall pay a transfer fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 64-6 Maintenance of premises.

[Amended 7-23-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-13]
Every junk dealer licensed under this chapter shall constantly maintain the licensed premises in the manner prescribed by this section, as follows:
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 and vermin.
No garbage or other organic waste and no paper, rubbish, rags or other flammable articles or materials shall be stored in such premises.
Whenever any motor vehicle shall be received in such premises as junk, all gasoline and oil shall be drained and removed therefrom, and none shall be permitted to remain upon the premises.
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 and to facilitate access for fire-fighting purposes.
Junkyards shall be regulated as provided in Chapter 119, Zoning.

§ 64-7 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 6-25-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-5[1]]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Township before a District Justice, pay a fine of not more than $600, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by the Township in the enforcement of this chapter. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of the determination of the violation by the District Justice. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Rules of Civil Procedure. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the Township are hereby authorized to seek equitable relief, including injunction, to enforce compliance herewith.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 64-8 Conflict with other provisions.

[Added 7-23-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-13]
Where the terms of this chapter conflict with any other chapter adopted by Chestnuthill Township, the more restrictive terms shall apply. Nothing in this chapter shall be interpreted to diminish the restrictive impact of Chapter 119, Zoning.