Township of Patton, PA
Centre County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Patton 8-22-1978 by Ord. No. 153. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Junkyards — See Ch. 92.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 127.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 167.
Zoning — See Ch. 175.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ENGINE-POWERED VEHICLES
Includes all wheeled and belt-driven vehicles powered by internal combustion engines, including, but not limited to motorcycles, motorbikes, trail bikes, motor scooters, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, etc., but shall not be construed to include properly licensed motor vehicles operated upon the public highways, streets, roads and private driveways in accordance with law; agricultural equipment used in the course of farming or commercial equipment being properly used in the trade or business of the owner or by such owners' employees or agents.
PRIVATE RESIDENCE
Includes all houses, apartments, manufactured homes and other permanent structures occupied by one or more persons as their primary home and residence, but shall not include the "private residence" (as defined herein) of the owner or operator of any engine-powered vehicle operated upon the land of such owner.
[Amended 10-25-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-379]
OFFICER
Any designated official authorized to act within Patton Township.
A. 
On and after the effective date hereof, it shall be unlawful for any person to operate, cause to be operated or to participate in the operation of any engine-powered vehicle upon the public roads, streets, highways, sidewalks or alleys situate within the Township of Patton.
B. 
On and after the effective date hereof, it shall be unlawful for any person to operate, cause to be operated or to participate in the operation of any engine-powered vehicle within 1,500 feet of any private residence or church situate in the Township of Patton without first obtaining permission of the owner or inhabitants of such private residence or church. If permission is granted for the operation of an engine-powered vehicle on private property, such operation shall not take place within 1,500 feet of an adjacent residence or church without approval of the inhabitants of those contiguous facilities. This section shall not prohibit the use of engine-powered vehicles in other areas of the Township when such use is either incidental to demonstration for sale by a commercial vendor, incidental to moving or transporting the vehicles to or from a private residence and confined to the operator's private residence or attendant to operation in a public park or public right-of-way where such use is expressly authorized or permitted. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to prohibit the use of power mowers, garden tractors, snow blowers or similar instruments or vehicles when such use is incidental to home, lawn or garden work or maintenance.
C. 
On and after the effective date hereof, it shall be unlawful to operate an engine-powered vehicle anywhere within the Township of Patton unless that vehicle is equipped with a United States Department of Agriculture or Forestry Service approved spark-arrestor type muffler in good working order and permanently attached to the vehicle exhaust system to prevent excessive noise.
[Amended 8-14-1996 by Ord. No. 96-330; 9-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-442]
Any person, firm, association or corporation who or which shall violate or fail, neglect or refuse to comply with the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, in a proceeding commenced before a magisterial district judge pursuant to the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedures, be sentenced to a fine of not less than $35, nor more than $1,000, plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days.
The Township Manager shall, upon cause being shown and where specific enforcement of the provisions of this chapter may cause undue hardship, issue a permit for specific and limited use of engine-powered vehicles. Application for such permit shall be made, in writing, and set forth the name and address of the applicant and the nature of the hardship.