[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mantua 4-25-1978 (Ch. 116 of the 1978 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A portable platform of wood or other material for handling storage or movement of materials and packages in warehouses, factories or vehicles, including those portable platforms in partial disrepair.
Pallets shall be piled with due regard to stability of piles and in no case higher than 12 feet.
Driveways between and around pallet piles shall be at least 15 feet wide and maintained free from accumulation of rubbish, equipment or other articles or materials. Driveways shall be so spaced that a maximum grid system unit of 50 feet by 150 feet is produced. Driveways shall be all-weather roads adequate for Fire Department apparatus response.
The entire pallet yard shall be surrounded by a suitable fence at least six feet high to prevent access by any unauthorized persons.
An adequate number of gates shall be provided in the surrounding fence or other barrier so as to permit ready access of fire apparatus. The number and placing of such gates for each pallet yard shall be determined by the Bureau of Fire Prevention.
Smoking shall be prohibited except in specified safe locations in buildings. Large NO SMOKING signs shall be painted on exterior building walls and on signs erected at driveway edges. NO SMOKING signs shall be posted throughout all buildings except in specific locations designated as safe for smoking purposes.
Weeds shall be kept down throughout the entire yard and shall be sprayed as often as needed with a satisfactory weed killer or cut or grubbed out. Dead weeds shall be removed.
Debris, such as loose portions of pallets, shall be removed regularly from piling areas and not less frequently than quarterly. Proper housekeeping shall be maintained at all times.
Buildings in outside storage areas shall be located with as much clear space to open yard storage as is practicable, but shall be not less than 15 feet from open yard piling unless said buildings have blank exterior masonry walls. Buildings of wood frame construction or housing hazardous operations or flammable materials such as gasoline shall be at least 50 feet from the nearest storage pile; and explosion vents, blower outlets, etc., shall not be directed toward the yard storage.
Portable fire extinguishing equipment suitable for the fire hazard involved shall be provided at convenient, conspicuous, accessible locations in open yards. When used, approved Class A portable fire extinguishers properly protected against freezing, where necessary, shall be provided so that the travel distance to the nearest unit does not exceed 75 feet. In buildings, fire extinguishing equipment shall be provided as specified by the Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention.
Any person, entity or corporation who or which violates any provision of this chapter, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by one or more of the following: imprisonment in the county jail or any place provided by the municipality for the detention of prisoners for a term up to but not exceeding 90 days or by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $2,000 or by a period of community service up to but not exceeding 90 days, or any combination of the above.
Each day that a violation exists, occurs, or continues shall constituted a separate offense for the purpose of imposing the penalties referred to above.