Township of Muhlenberg, PA
Berks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners (formerly the Board of Supervisors) of the Township of Muhlenberg 6-8-1957 by Ord. No. 12. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 54.
Plumbing standards — See Ch. 103.
Zoning — See Ch. 154.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section:
A trailer coach which does not have a toilet or a bath or shower.
A trailer that has a toilet and bath or shower.
A written permit issued by the Board of Commissioners permitting the trailer court-camp to operate under this chapter and regulations promulgated thereunder.
A building housing toilet facilities for men and women, with slop basin, water closet and laundry facilities and with separate bath or shower accommodations.
A plot of ground within a trailer court, designated for the accommodation of one trailer coach.
Any plot of ground upon which two or more trailer coaches occupied for dwelling or sleeping purposes are located, and the word "court-camp" whenever used shall be synonymous.
Any vehicle used or so constructed as to permit its being used as a conveyance upon the public streets or highways and duly licensable as such and constructed in such a manner as will permit occupancy thereof as a dwelling or sleeping place for one or more persons.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to maintain a trailer-trailer coach within the limits of the Township except in a trailer camp duly licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
No trailer court-camp shall hereafter be maintained, established or operated within the limits of the Township of Muhlenberg except in an I Industrial District and only after prior approval by the Board of Commissioners of the Township, evidenced by a resolution of said Board of Commissioners adopted at a regularly scheduled meeting. Where any such camp presently or hereafter existing immediately abuts upon a district zoned as O, T, F or B under the Zoning Ordinance,[1] no trailer-trailer coach or any structure pertaining to the operation of a camp shall be erected or placed within 20 feet of the line of division between districts; and in such cases where permanent dwellings or their curtilage abut upon the camp area, the said camp shall be screened from the dwelling zone by a not unsightly fence or barrier of wood, hedge, evergreens or other shielding material at least six feet high.
Editor's Note: The Zoning Ordinance of 6-4-1943 had the following district designations: B Business District, F Farm District, O One-Family District, I Industrial District and T Two-Family District. For current district designations, see Ch. 154, Zoning.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to maintain or operate within the limits of the Township any trailer court-camp presently existing or hereafter established on any location or plot of ground for hire, rent or lease by the day, week, month or any terms unless such person or persons possess a permit from the Township of Muhlenberg for such purpose, issued annually by the Board of Commissioners in the name of such person or persons for the specific trailer court-camp; no permit shall be transferable.
Applications for permits shall be in writing, signed by the applicant, and shall contain the following:
Name and address of the applicant.
Location and legal description of the trailer court-camp.
A complete plan of the trailer court-camp showing compliance with all applicable provisions of this chapter and regulations promulgated thereunder.
Such further information as may be requested by the Board of Commissioners to enable it to determine that the proposed trailer court-camp will comply with legal requirements.
A complete plan for the purpose of obtaining a permit shall show:
The area and dimensions of the tract of land.
The number, location and size of trailer coach spaces.
The location and width of roadways and walkways.
The location of service buildings and any other proposed structures.
The location of water and sewer lines.
Plans and specifications of all buildings and other improvements constructed within the trailer court-camp.
[Amended 2-1-1982 by Ord. No. 187]
No permit for maintenance or operation of any camp presently existing shall issue under this chapter until an annual fee of $100 for each camp shall have been paid to the Township Treasurer.
No trailer court-camp hereafter shall be established within the limits of the Township of Muhlenberg unless application shall be specifically made to the Board of Commissioners and the issuance of said permit be authorized by said Board by resolution of said camp, whereupon the provisions of this chapter shall become applicable.
The Sanitary Officer[1] of the Township is hereby authorized and directed to make inspections to determine the conditions of the trailer court-camps located within the Township of Muhlenberg and shall have the power to enter at reasonable times upon any private or public property for the purpose of investigating conditions relating to the enforcement of this chapter or regulations promulgated thereunder.
Editor's Note: See Ch. 80, Health Standards.
The Board of Commissioners is hereby authorized to make and adopt such written regulations as may be necessary for the proper enforcement of the provisions of this chapter, provided that such regulations shall not be in conflict with provisions of this chapter; such regulations shall have the same force and effect as the provisions of this chapter, and the penalty for violation thereof shall be the same as the penalty for violation of the provisions of this chapter, as hereinafter provided.
The trailer court shall be located on a well-drained site and shall be so located that its drainage will not endanger any water supply.[1] All such trailer courts shall be in areas free from marshes, swamps or other potential breeding places for insects or rodents.
Editor's Note: See Ch. 117, Sewers, and Ch. 150, Water.
The area of the trailer court-camp shall be large enough to accommodate:
The designated number of trailer coach spaces.
Necessary streets and roadways.
Parking areas for motor vehicles.
Service areas and playgrounds.
Each trailer coach space shall contain a minimum of 1,500 square feet, shall be at least 28 feet wide and shall abut on a driveway or other clear area with unobstructed access to a public street. Such spaces shall be clearly defined, and trailer coaches shall be parked in such spaces so that there will be a minimum of 15 feet between trailer coaches and so that no trailer coach will be less than 10 feet from the exterior boundary of the trailer court.
Playground areas shall be provided and shall be restricted to such use. These areas shall be protected from the main highway and from parking areas.
Each trailer court-camp shall be provided with one or more service buildings adequately equipped with toilets, washbasins, slop basins, showers or bath, water faucets or spigots in accordance with the following:
One toilet for each sex for every six dependent trailer coaches or fraction thereof.
Each room having three or less toilets shall be provided with one lavatory or washbasin.
One shower or bathtub shall be provided for each sex for each 10 trailer coaches or fraction thereof.
All toilets, toilet facilities and bathtubs or showers shall be placed in properly constructed buildings located not more than 100 feet from each trailer coach.
The service buildings shall be well lighted at all times, well ventilated and screened, and constructed of resistant material to permit frequent washing and cleaning. It shall have adequate heating facilities to maintain a temperature of 70° F. during cold weather.
The floor shall be of concrete and each room shall be provided with floor drains.
An accessible, adequate, safe and potable supply of water shall be provided in each trailer court-camp, capable of furnishing a minimum of 125 gallons per day per trailer coach space. Where a public supply of water of such quality is available, connection shall be made thereto and its supply shall be used exclusively. The development of an independent water supply to serve the trailer court-camp shall be made only after express approval has been granted by the Board of Commissioners and the State Health Officer.
All plumbing in the trailer court shall comply with state and local plumbing laws and regulations.
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 103, Plumbing Standards.
Trailer court-camps shall be served by a public sewer system or by a private disposal system which has the approval of the Board of Commissioners. Each trailer coach space shall be provided with a satisfactory sewer connection.
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 117, Sewers.
The storage, collection and disposal of refuse in the court shall be so managed as to create no health hazards. All refuse shall be stored in flytight, waterproof, rodentproof containers.
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 74, Garbage, Rubbish and Refuse.
The trailer court-camp area shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the Muhlenberg Township Fire Prevention Authority.
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 69, Fire Prevention.
No permanent addition of any kind shall be built onto or become a part of any trailer coach except with prior approval of the Board of Commissioners.
No owner or person in charge of a dog, cat or other pet animal shall permit it to run at large or to commit any nuisance within the limits of any trailer court.
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 47, Animals.
Every trailer court-camp owner or operator shall maintain a register of all persons accommodated in the trailer coaches, which register shall include the names of all persons accommodated and regular or home addresses; the make, model and license number of each motor vehicle and trailer coach; the state, territory or County issuing the trailer license; and the dates of arrival and departure of each trailer coach. Said register shall be open at all times to the inspection of the Township officials. Every owner, operator, attendant or other person operating a trailer court-camp shall notify the Board of Commissioners immediately of any suspected communicable or contagious disease within the trailer court-camp. In the case of diseases diagnosed by a physician as quarantinable, such owner, operator, attendant or other person operating a trailer court shall not permit the departure of the trailer coach without approval of the proper health officer.
The Board of Commissioners may suspend any permit or license herein granted when it deems it to be of benefit to the public health, safety or morals.
[Amended 2-1-1982 by Ord. No. 187; 3-1-1982 by Ord. No. 188; 11-7-1988 by Ord. No. 250[1]]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable, upon conviction thereof, by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution or by imprisonment in the Berks County Prison for not more than 90 days, or by both fine and imprisonment. In the event of the imposition of a fine only, default in payment of such fine and costs of prosecution shall subject the violator to imprisonment in the Berks County Prison for not more than 90 days.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided that the fines and penalties may be collected by suit brought in the name of the Township before any Justice of the Peace, in like manner as debts of like amount may be sued for by existing laws, and to remit such fines and penalties.