[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Corinth 7-17-1967 as § 48 of Art. V of the Village Ordinances (Ch. 87 of the 1983 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
By the adoption of this chapter the Village Board of the Village of Corinth declares its intent in so doing to be to regulate, control and license the activities or businesses known as auto graveyards, junkyards, secondhand parts collection areas, the processing of used metals for resale and the dumping, storage and disposal of waste, secondhand or used materials of whatever composition. Said Village Board hereby declares that such activities or businesses can constitute a hazard to property and persons and a public nuisance.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Passenger auto, truck, tractor-truck, trailer, bus, motorcycle or other vehicle, however propelled, as well as tractors, bulldozers, machinery and equipment.
- An individual, an association, a partnership, or a corporation.
No person shall engage in or conduct on real property within the Village of Corinth, either for himself or for and on behalf of any other person directly or indirectly as agent, employee or otherwise, any activity or business, either for profit or otherwise, at wholesale or retail, which involves the collection, storage, dumping, disassembling, dismantling, salvaging, sorting or otherwise handling or arranging for sale, resale, storage or disposal or otherwise of bodies, engines or parts of autos, or of any other secondhand or used property of whatever material it is composed or any waste material, whether composed of wood, paper, cloth, cardboard, plastics, metals, stone, cement or otherwise, without first obtaining a license therefor as hereinafter provided.
Each applicant for a license hereunder shall execute under oath an application therefor to be supplied to him by the Village Clerk-Treasurer, which shall contain the following information: that the applicant is 18 years or more of age; that he is a citizen of the United States; whether he has ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor and such other facts or evidence as is deemed necessary to establish that he is a person fit and capable of properly conducting the activity or business for which the license is sought; a description of the exact type of business he intends to conduct; the nature of the materials he intends to handle; and the name and address of the owner or owners of the land and the nature of the right of occupancy of the applicant to the use of such land.
[Amended 2-23-1983 by L.L. No. 1-1983]
At the time of making the application the applicant shall submit to and file with the Village Clerk-Treasurer a map or plan of the real property upon which he intends to conduct the activity or business for which he is making application for a license hereunder, with the area of such real property which it is proposed to use for such purpose, the location of the fence required hereunder indicated thereon as well as the location of any buildings on such land and the location of any streets or highways abutting or passing through such land.
In the application the applicant shall agree that if granted the license applied for, he will conduct the activity or business pursuant to the regulations hereinafter set forth, and that upon his failure to do so, such license may be revoked forthwith.
A person presently engaged in or conducting an activity or business such as described herein on real property within the Village of Corinth must apply for a license therefor within 30 days of the adoption of this chapter. If the place where he conducts such activity or business presently complies with the requirements a person must meet to secure a license in the first instance, he shall be issued a license therefor if he meets the other requirements contained herein. If the place where he conducts such activity or business does not presently comply with the requirements a person must meet to secure a license in the first instance, he may be granted a temporary license for one year, during which year he must arrange the place where he conducts such activity or business so that it does then comply with the requirements a person must meet to secure a license in the first instance. If at the end of such year such person has not so arranged his place of such activity or business, he shall forthwith cease and desist engaging in or conducting the same and shall remove from such place any autos, parts or other materials of the nature described herein.
The fee for the license shall be fixed from time to time by the Village Board and shall cover not only the cost of issuing the license itself but also the cost of making the necessary inspections of the premises to ascertain compliance with the regulations hereinafter prescribed.
Such license shall be effective from the date of its issuance until the 31st day of December of the year of such issuance, after which new applications for license must be made yearly if the licensee desires to continue such activity or business.
Such license is personal with the licensee. It does not go with the title of the land nor may it be sold, assigned, transferred or disposed of.
Such license may be revoked by the Village Board after a public hearing thereon at which the licensee shall have an opportunity to be heard. Upon revocation of a license, the Village Board may require the removal of autos, parts and materials left as above provided in the case of an applicant for a temporary license who fails to qualify for a license.
The licensee must personally manage or be responsible for the management of the activity or business for which the license is granted.
The licensee must maintain an office on the premises to assure the proper and safe conduct of such activity or business to minimize the fire hazard therefrom and to prevent improper trespass thereon by children and others.
The licensee must erect and maintain on all highway and alleyway sides of the premises, and all sides of the premises abutting a residential area, a six-foot wire fence of close mesh or one made of wood or of other material, or must plant hedges or trees in close proximity so that the same shall be adequate to screen said premises, and shall contain behind such fence the materials dealt in by the licensee, and such fence shall be a minimum of 25 feet from the boundary of such highway or alleyway and a minimum of 10 feet from residential areas. Where such premises abuts only a highway or alleyway, the fence shall be carried back along the ends of the premises a distance of at least 25 feet. All materials dealt in by the licensee shall be kept behind such fence at all times.
The autos, parts and materials dealt in by the licensee shall be disassembled or dismantled by usual and ordinary means, other than by fires and other methods causing disturbing noises. They shall be piled or arranged in neat rows so as to permit easy, clear passage through the area.
The area of the licensee's activity or business and any adjoining areas owned or leased by licensee shall not be used as a dump area nor as a place for disposal of junk or trash.
The Village Clerk-Treasurer or the Village Board or any of its representatives shall be granted access to the area of the activity or business of the licensee at all reasonable hours to inspect the same for compliance herewith.
The owner or licensee of any such place of business who commits or permits any acts in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to have committed an offense against such chapter and also shall be liable for any such violation or the penalty therefor. Each day such violation shall continue or be permitted to exist shall constitute a separate violation.
Any person committing an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation under the Penal Law and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable for each offense by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both.
[Amended 2-23-1983 by L.L. No. 1-1983]
Conviction for any above-mentioned violation shall constitute and effect an immediate forfeiture of the license.
In addition to the above-provided penalties and punishment, the Village Board may also maintain an action or proceeding in the name of the Village in a court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with or to restrain by injunction the violation of such chapter.