Township of Union, PA
Washington County
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SEE NEW LEGISLATION 2017-04
Created: 2017-03-31
New legislations has been adopted concerning junk cars and abandoned vehicles.  Please select the menu item for New Legislation and review Ordinance 2017-04.
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Union 9-14-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Property maintenance — See Ch. 194.
Zoning — See Ch. 280.

§ 258-1 Definitions.

A. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
LESSEE
"Owner" for the purpose of this chapter when the lessor holds the lessee responsible for maintenance and repairs.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Any type of mechanical device propelled by a motor in which persons or property may be transported upon public streets or highways, and including trailers or semitrailers pulled thereby.
NUISANCE
Any condition, structure or improvement which shall constitute a danger or potential danger to the health, safety or welfare of the citizens of Union Township.
OWNER
The actual owner, agent or custodian of the property on which motor vehicles are stored, whether individual or partnership, association or corporation.
PERSON
A natural person, firm, partnership, association, corporation or other legal entity.
B. 
In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular, and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.

§ 258-2 Motor vehicle nuisances prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person, owner or lessee to maintain a motor vehicle nuisance upon the open private grounds of such person, owner or lessee within Union Township. A motor vehicle nuisance shall include any motor vehicle which is unable to move under its own power and has any of the following physical defects:
A. 
Broken windshields, mirrors or other glass with sharp edges.
B. 
One or more flat or open tires or tubes which could permit vermin harborage.
C. 
Missing doors, windows, hood, trunk or other body parts which could permit animal harborage.
D. 
Any body parts with sharp edges, including holes resulting from rust.
E. 
Missing tires resulting in unsafe suspension of the motor vehicle.
F. 
Upholstery which is torn or open which could permit animal and/or vermin harborage.
G. 
Broken headlamps or taillamps with sharp edges.
H. 
Disassembled chassis parts apart from the motor vehicle stored in a disorderly fashion or loose in or on the vehicle.
I. 
Protruding sharp objects from the chassis.
J. 
Broken vehicle frame suspended from the ground in an unstable manner.
K. 
Leaking or damaged oil pan or gas tank which could cause fire or explosion.
L. 
Exposed battery containing acid.
M. 
Inoperable locking mechanism for doors or trunk.
N. 
Open or damaged floorboards, including trunk and firewall.
O. 
Damaged bumpers pulled away from the perimeter of vehicle.
P. 
Broken grill with protruding edges.
Q. 
Loose or damaged metal trim and clips.
R. 
Broken communication equipment antennas.
S. 
Suspended on unstable supports.
T. 
Such other defects which could threaten the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Union Township.

§ 258-3 Storage of motor vehicle nuisances permitted.

A. 
Any person, owner or lessee who has one or more motor vehicle nuisances, as defined in § 258-2 above, may store such vehicle(s) in Union Township only in strict compliance with the regulations provided herein. Such person, owner or lessee must first apply for a permit for either temporary or permanent storage and pay a fee to Union Township pursuant to a resolution of the Board of Supervisors. The motor vehicle nuisance(s) must be stored within a garage or other enclosed building or outside within an opaque fence at least six feet high which is locked at all times when unattended.
B. 
With the special approval of the Board of Supervisors, motor vehicle nuisances may also be stored outside in an area enclosed by a chain-link fence at least six feet high, screened by shrubbery around the perimeter to the height of the fence, with an unobstructed gate capable of admitting fire or emergency equipment. Such gate shall remain locked at all times when unattended. In addition, all gas and oil or other flammable liquid shall be removed from the motor vehicle, and it shall be kept free of vermin infestation while being stored. The total area of storage of motor vehicle nuisances may not exceed the area as set forth in the permit issued by the Township.
C. 
Nothing herein shall be construed to permit the storage of motor vehicle nuisances contrary to the provisions of Chapter 280, Zoning.

§ 258-4 Inspection of premises; notice to comply.

A. 
The Township Code Enforcement Officer and/or his designee are hereby empowered to inspect private property on which motor vehicles are stored to determine if there is compliance with the provisions of this chapter. If noncompliance with the provisions of this chapter constitutes a nuisance or if any condition, structure or improvement poses a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the public, he shall issue a written notice to be served by registered or certified mail upon the owner of said premises or, if the owner's whereabouts or identity be unknown, by posting the notice conspicuously upon the offending premises.
B. 
Said notice shall specify the condition or structure or improvement complained of and shall require the owner to commence to remove or otherwise rectify the condition or structure or improvement as set forth therein within 10 days of mailing or posting of said notice and, thereafter, to fully comply with the requirements of the notice within a reasonable time.

§ 258-5 Authority to remedy noncompliance.

If the owner of grounds on which motor vehicles are stored does not comply with the notice to abate the nuisance within the time limit prescribed, Union Township shall have the authority to take measures to correct the conditions and collect the cost of such corrections plus 10% of all costs. Union Township, in such event and pursuant to its statutory or otherwise authorized police powers, shall have the right and power to enter upon the offending premises to accomplish the foregoing.

§ 258-6 Hearing.

A. 
Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Code Enforcement Officer may request and shall then be granted a hearing before the Board of Supervisors, provided he files with the Board of Supervisors, within 10 days after notice of the Code Enforcement Officer's decision, a written petition requesting such hearing and setting forth a brief statement of the grounds therefor. The hearing shall commence no later than 30 days after the date on which the petition was filed unless postponed for sufficient cause.
B. 
After such hearing, the Board of Supervisors shall sustain, modify or overrule the action of the Code Enforcement Officer.

§ 258-7 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues or each section of this chapter which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 258-8 Remedies not mutually exclusive.

The remedies provided herein for the enforcement of this chapter or any remedy provided by law shall not be deemed mutually exclusive; rather they may be employed simultaneously or consecutively at the option of the Board of Supervisors.