Borough of Bridgeport, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport 5-8-1956 by Ord. No. 222, approved 5-8-1956 (Ch. 85 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 275.
Health and sanitation — See Ch. 302.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 528.
Zoning — See Ch. 560.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUTOMOBILE GRAVEYARD
Any building, lot, parcel of ground or other place used for the assembling, collecting, dumping, storing or keeping of any old, discarded, abandoned or useless motor vehicles or trucks of every kind, type, variety and sort for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, the purpose of salvage or sale of the whole vehicle or its parts.
EXISTING JUNKYARD AND/OR AUTOMOBILE GRAVEYARD
Covers only that portion of the premises used as a junkyard and/or automobile graveyard at the time of the effective date of this chapter.
JUNKYARD
Any building, lot, parcel of ground or other place used for the assembling, collection, dumping, wrecking, storing or keeping of old metal, machinery, refuse, tinware, bottles, rags, paper or waste material commonly called "junk."
From and after the passage of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person, association, firm or corporation to establish any junkyard and/or automobile graveyard or to enlarge any existing junkyard and/or automobile graveyard either on public or private property within the limits of the Borough of Bridgeport.
Whenever any automobile or motor vehicle of any kind shall be placed or stored in any automobile graveyard, all the gas and oil contained in such vehicle or vehicles shall be drained and removed therefrom immediately, and no gas or oil shall be permitted to remain therein.
Within 90 days from the passage of this chapter, all presently existing junkyards and/or automobile graveyards within the limits of the Borough of Bridgeport shall be required to have a solid fence or enclosure properly, firmly and soundly erected, which shall be not less than seven feet nor more than 10 feet in height. It shall surround completely said junkyard and/or automobile graveyard, except that said fence may have a gate or gates for the purposes of egress and ingress, which shall be closed at all times except when materials are being conveyed in or out of the premises or people are entering or leaving the premises. Said fence or enclosure shall have a neat, clean and uniform appearance.
Such fence or enclosure shall be erected so as to obscure the premises from public view and shall be maintained at all times in good condition. It shall be placed not less than 30 feet from the front, side and rear lines of the property.
All junk or scrap piled in the enclosure shall be piled so as to remain within the enclosure and shall not be piled higher than the top of the enclosure. All objects in the automobile graveyard shall be piled so as not to be above the top of such fence or enclosure.
The gate or gates permitting entry onto the premises shall be so constructed that when they are not open the junkyard and/or automobile graveyard shall be obscured from public view.
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No junk or materials of any kind shall be kept on the outside of the fence enclosure of any junkyard.
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No abandoned or useless motor vehicles or trucks or any portion thereof shall be kept outside of the fence enclosure of any automobile graveyard.
It shall be unlawful to affix or display on the fence or enclosure any picture, sign, bill, plaque, pamphlet or other things.
It shall be unlawful for the operator of any junkyard and/or automobile graveyard to store any junk and/or abandoned or useless motor vehicles or trucks or any portion thereof within 50 feet of any front, side or rear property line or within 20 feet of the fence or enclosure.
It shall be unlawful to burn in any junkyard and/or automobile graveyard any refuse or junk or abandoned or useless motor vehicles or trucks or any portion thereof.
[Amended 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 419, approved 8-15-1975; 3-14-1989 by Ord. No. 507, approved 3-14-1989]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter before any Magisterial District Judge shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for such separate offense.