[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Jacobus 12-7-1960 by Ord. No. 34 (Ch. 14, Part 1, of the 1984 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following words and terms, as used in this chapter, shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section, unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- Any natural person, partnership, firm, association or corporation.
- MOBILE HOME
- Any structure which is mounted, or designed for mounting, on wheels and which includes accommodations designed for sleeping or living purposes for one or more persons, excepting a device used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
- MOBILE HOME PARK
- Any lot, parcel or tract of land designed, maintained or intended for the purpose of supplying a location or accommodations for any mobile home or upon which any mobile home is parked or located, whether or not a charge is made for the use of the mobile home park and its facilities, and shall include all buildings and structures used or intended for use as a part of the equipment thereof. The term "mobile home park" shall not include any automobile or mobile home sales lot on which any unoccupied mobile home is parked for the purpose of inspection and sale.
In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural, and the masculine shall include the feminine and neuter.
No person shall park or locate any mobile home, or allow it to stand, upon any street, alley or other public place, or upon any tract of land, occupied or unoccupied, within the Borough of Jacobus, except as provided in this chapter.
No person shall allow any mobile home to stand upon any of the streets or alleys in the Borough of Jacobus without being attached to a motor vehicle.
No person shall park any mobile home attached to a motor vehicle on any street or alley in the Borough for a period of time longer than that allowed for the parking of vehicles upon such street or alley by the applicable state laws and the ordinances of the Borough applicable to traffic and parking. Any person who shall violate this section shall be subject to the penalties specifically provided in such laws and ordinances, as the case may be.
No person shall occupy any mobile home in the Borough of Jacobus for sleeping or living purposes except in a mobile home park licensed under this chapter, unless such mobile home conforms to and complies with all plumbing, electrical, sanitary and building ordinances of the Borough applicable to stationary dwellings; provided, however, that the parking or storing of no more than one unoccupied mobile home in a private garage or in a rear yard shall be permitted, on condition that no person uses such mobile home for living or sleeping purposes while such mobile home is so parked or stored.
No person shall operate or occupy any mobile home park within the Borough of Jacobus except as provided in this chapter.
No persons shall establish or operate any mobile home park within the Borough until a permit shall have been secured from the Mayor. Any person desiring to establish or to operate a mobile home park shall make application for a permit to the Mayor. With every such application, there shall be submitted a plan of such mobile home park or proposed mobile home park, showing the following:
The name and address of the applicant.
The extent and area to be used for mobile home park purposes.
The location of all roadways and driveways.
The location of all lots intended for the parking of mobile homes.
The location and number of all existing or proposed facilities to be used by the occupants of mobile homes, including sanitary conveniences, laundries and utility rooms.
The method and plan of sewage disposal.
The method and plan of garbage and refuse disposal.
The plan for water supply.
The plan for electric lighting of mobile homes.
The location of fire extinguishers.
Such application shall be accompanied by a fee of $25 to cover the cost of the services of Borough officers and employees in making the necessary studies and investigations in connection with such application.
Following the receipt of the application for a permit as provided above, the Mayor shall cause an investigation to be made of the premises to which such application relates, in order to assure himself, before issuing such permit, that all requirements of this chapter applicable to mobile home parks are conformed with. In connection with such investigation, the Building Inspector, the Health Officer and any other Borough officer or employee requested to do so by the Mayor shall visit the premises in order to determine whether requirements as to which they have particular knowledge and understanding are adhered to.
Immediately following the investigation required under § 145-8 of this chapter, when the Mayor shall be satisfied that all the applicable requirements of this chapter have been adhered to, or are to be adhered to, according to the plans for a proposed mobile home park, the Mayor shall issue a permit to establish and operate such park for a period of one year after the issuance thereof. Such permit shall be subject to suspension whenever the holder thereof shall be convicted of any violation of this chapter. A suspended permit may be reinstated by the Mayor, for the balance of the year for which it was issued, upon compliance of the holder thereof with all the provisions of this chapter. No person shall operate a mobile home camp in the Borough during the time when the permit therefor shall have been suspended.
Whenever the ownership or management of any mobile home park shall have been changed, the new owner or manager thereof shall forthwith notify the Mayor, who shall amend the permit for such mobile home park, as well as the pertinent records of the Borough to indicate such change.
No permit issued under this chapter shall be transferable to a different location. No person holding a permit under this chapter shall extend or reduce the area of any mobile home camp, add any new facility or structure, or eliminate any existing facility or structure until notice of such proposed change shall have been given to the Mayor, and the Mayor shall have ascertained, after investigation in the case of an original application for a permit, that such proposed change is in accordance with all the requirements of this chapter and shall have signified that fact by his approval.
Prior to the date of expiration of any permit issued under this chapter, the holder thereof may apply to the Mayor for renewal thereof, such application to be accompanied by a fee of $25. Following any investigation deemed necessary by the Mayor to ascertain whether all the requirements of this chapter continue to be adhered to, the Mayor shall renew such permit for a further period of one year.
Every mobile home park shall be located in a well-drained area, and the premises shall be properly graded so as to prevent the accumulation of stormwater or other water.
Lots for individual mobile homes in a mobile home park shall be indicated by corner markers, and no individual lot shall have an area of less than 1,200 square feet. Each lot shall abut upon a roadway or driveway, not less than 20 feet wide. Every such roadway or driveway shall be well drained, shall be clearly marked, adequately lighted at night and easily accessible to a public street.
In each mobile home park, a sufficient supply of pure, healthful drinking water, from a source and of a quality approved by the Board of Health of the Borough, shall be provided for each mobile home. Waste from each outlet shall be emptied into a drain connected with a sanitary sewer. No common drinking vessel shall be provided. An abundant supply of hot water shall be provided at all times for laundry facilities.
No common toilet or bathroom facilities of any kind shall be erected or maintained in the mobile home park. No mobile home not equipped with inside toilet and bathroom facilities shall be accommodated at any time in the mobile home park.
Each lot for individual mobile homes shall be connected to a sanitary sewer, and no cesspools or septic tanks shall be constructed or maintained at any time in the mobile home park.
In each mobile home park, there shall be provided a laundry room, with laundry trays, in the ratio of one double tray for each 10 individual mobile home lots.
Floors of laundry rooms in each mobile home park shall be of concrete or tile, or similar material impervious to water and easily cleaned, and pitched to a floor drain. Liquid wastes from laundry rooms shall be piped to a sanitary sewer.
No cooking shall be permitted in any mobile home not furnished with a sink and a connection with a sanitary sewer.
Every person holding a permit under this chapter shall keep, or cause to be kept, a register, which shall at all times be open for the inspection of any official of the Borough. Such register shall show, for each mobile home accommodated in such mobile home park, the following information:
The lot number upon which such mobile home is parked or located.
The names and addresses of all persons using such mobile home for living or sleeping purposes.
The state license number of such mobile home and of the vehicle towing the same.
The date of arrival of such mobile home at such mobile home park and the date of departure therefrom.
Each person holding a permit under this chapter shall adhere to the following additional regulations at all times:
He shall maintain such mobile home camp in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition.
He shall see that no disorderly conduct or violation of any law or ordinance is committed upon the premises and shall immediately report to the proper authorities any violations which may come to his attention.
He shall report to the Board of Health all cases of persons or animals affected or suspected of being affected with any communicable disease, where he shall have reason to believe that medical attention has not been sought.
He shall maintain in convenient places, designated by the Fire Chief of the Borough, hand fire extinguishers in good working order, in the ratio of one to every eight mobile home lots or fraction thereof.
He shall prohibit the lighting of any open fire upon the premises.
He shall prohibit the use of any mobile home by a greater number of occupants than that which it is designed to accommodate.
Any person operating a mobile home park within the Borough of Jacobus at the time of adoption of this chapter shall cause the same to conform to the requirements of this chapter and shall make application for, and secure, a permit to operate such mobile home park within three months from the effective date of this chapter.
It shall be the duty of the Mayor to enforce the provisions of this chapter, and, to that end, he shall, from time to time, make or cause to be made, by the police or any other Borough officer or employee, an inspection to ascertain whether any mobile home park continues to operate strictly under the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 3-7-1984 by Ord. No. 87; 7-3-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-3]
Any person who shall violate the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a summary criminal proceeding before the Magisterial District Justice as provided by the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, as may be amended from time to time. Upon a finding of a violation, a fine of not less than $450 nor more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution, including court costs and reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Borough to prosecute the violation, shall be imposed, and such person may be subject to imprisonment of up to 15 days in the event such fines and costs are unpaid. Each day that such violation(s) continues shall be a separate violation of this chapter.