[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Homestead 10-14-1974 as Ch. 59 of the 1974 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any discarded material or article such as is not ordinarily disposed of in rubbish or refuse, and shall include but not be limited to scrap metal and scrapped motor vehicles, and shall not include any garbage or other organic waste, or any paper, rubbish, rags or other flammable articles or material.
- JUNK DEALER
- Any person, as hereinafter defined, who shall engage in the business of selling, buying and dealing in junk.
- Any natural person, partnership, firm or corporation.
In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.
No person shall engage in business as a junk dealer in the Borough of Homestead without first applying for and obtaining a license therefor pursuant to the provisions of the Chapter 167, Licensing. Such license shall be renewed annually on or before the first day of January of each year; provided that in any case where a junk dealer's business shall be established in the Borough on or after the first day of July in any year, the license fee payable by such junk dealer for the remainder of each year shall be at 1/2 the yearly rate.
The license shall be posted conspicuously upon the premises licensed thereunder. The name of the licensed junk dealer and the number of the license under which he operates shall be placed in a conspicuous place on the outside of every vehicle used for business purposes by such dealer.
No person licensed under this chapter shall, by virtue of one license, keep more than one place of business within the Borough of Homestead for the purpose of buying, selling and dealing in junk; nor shall any such person engage in business as a junk dealer in any other place than the place designated upon his license; nor shall any such person, or any other person, operate upon any of the streets of the Borough, whether from a vehicle or upon foot, as a scavenger or an itinerant buyer or seller of junk.
No person licensed under the provisions of this chapter shall receive or purchase materials from minors.
No license issued under this chapter shall be transferable from one person to another person, except when the ownership of a licensed premises shall change. In any such case, the new owner shall apply for a transfer of such license to him and shall pay a transfer fee as provided in Chapter 169, Licensing.
Every junk dealer shall provide and shall constantly keep a book in which shall be fairly written down in the English language, at the time of the purchase of any junk, a description of every article or material purchased or received by him, the date and hour of such purchase or receipt and the person from whom such article or material was purchased or received. Such book and all junk purchased, received or handled by any junk dealer, and also the licensed premises, shall at all times be subject to the inspection of the officials of the Borough of Homestead.
Every junk dealer licensed under this chapter shall keep and retain upon the licensed premises, for a period of 48 hours after the purchase or receipt thereof, all junk received or purchased by him, and he shall not disturb or reduce the same or alter the original form, shape or condition until such period of 48 hours shall have elapsed.
Every junk dealer licensed under this chapter shall constantly maintain the licensed premises in the manner prescribed by this section, as follows:
Such premises shall at all times be maintained so as not to constitute a nuisance or a menace to the health of the community or of residents nearby or a place for the breeding of rodents and vermin.
No garbage or other organic waste, and no paper, rubbish, rags or other flammable articles or materials shall be stored in such premises.
Whenever any motor vehicle shall be received in such premises as junk, all gasoline and oil shall be drained and removed therefrom, and none shall be permitted to remain upon the premises.
The manner of storage and arrangement of junk and the drainage facilities of the premises shall be such as to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water upon the premises, and to facilitate access for fire-fighting purposes.
Any person who shall be convicted of violating or failing to comply with the provisions of this chapter before any District Justice shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $300, together with costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of fine and costs, such violator shall be subject to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days. 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 a violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.