[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Hartford 11-11-2008. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as "An Ordinance Regulating the Operation of Slaughtering Houses, Rendering Works and Establishments." It is adopted pursuant to Town Law § 130(14) and Municipal Home Rule Law § 10.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- All parts, including viscera of a dead or slaughtered animal.
- Any premises where animals are slaughtered, meat is boned or cut, or meat by-products or meat food products are prepared, produced, processed or packaged.
- Any person, firm, corporation or association.
- RENDERING WORKS
- A premises established for the purpose of rendering dead animals or animal matter, including treatment and processing of dead animals so as to form and collect by-products, the separation of fat and tallow from the carcass and melting to glue and other products, the boiling of bones to be made into fertilizer and the burning of bristles and cooking of offal.
- SLAUGHTERING HOUSES
- Refers generally to any public or private establishment where animals are slaughtered for food, including processing plants engaged in the slaughtering of poultry for human consumption.
No slaughtering house, rendering works or establishments shall be operated or maintained within the Town of Hartford, Washington County, New York, unless and until a permit is issued by the Town Board authorizing the location, operation and maintenance of the facility.
An application for a slaughtering house, rendering works or establishment shall be submitted to the Town Board, with copies sent to the Planning Board.
Upon receipt of the application, the Planning Board shall review the application to issue findings and recommendations relative to the location, operation and maintenance of the facility.
In considering the application, the Planning Board shall hold a public hearing upon notice published once in newspapers circulating within the Town of Hartford at least 10 days before the date of said hearing.
At the conclusion of the public hearing, the Planning Board shall issue a report of the findings and recommendations of the Planning Board and, where applicable, the corresponding site plan approval, all of which shall be submitted to the Town Board of the Town of Hartford.
The Town Board, after due consideration of the application and materials submitted therewith, the Planning Board report, and public comment, shall render a decision to approve, disapprove or approve with conditions a permit for such facility.
No permit shall be granted for the operation or maintenance of slaughtering houses, rendering works or establishments, as provided in this chapter, in the event such premises or any part thereof shall be within 1,000 feet from any building used for dwelling, school or church purposes.
Every applicant shall deposit with the Town Clerk of the Town of Hartford an amount as set from time to time by the Town Board as and for an application fee pursuant to this chapter. The Town Clerk shall pay out of said sum the cost of publishing the notice as hereinabove required.
The Town Board may impose any such reasonable condition necessary to preserve and protect the health, safety and general welfare of the community.
The permit issued by the Town Board shall be personal to the applicant and is nontransferable. If the real property or entity is sold, transferred or conveyed, the subsequent owner shall apply for a permit.
Permits issued under the provisions of this chapter may be revoked by the Town Board, after notice and hearing, for any of the following causes:
Separate from the requirements for obtaining site plan approval from the Planning Board, any application made to the Town, as herein provided, shall be accompanied by a sketch or map drawn to scale which shall indicate the location by roads, streets or highways in which the slaughtering operations, rendering works or establishments are to be conducted.
There shall also be indicated either on the sketch or a memorandum attached thereto the distance from the perimeter of said premises and all buildings within a distance of 1,000 feet from said perimeter, showing the general use of each of said buildings.
There shall also be submitted as part of said application the plan and specifications of the building within which the slaughtering operation, rendering works, or establishments and purposes incidental thereto shall be carried on, which said plan and specifications shall show the methods proposed for the disposal of waste and for the sanitary maintenance of said building. Said application shall also provide facts relating to the effects of the slaughtering, rendering works, or establishments' operation or operations on the environment of the Town of Hartford on forms complying with Article 8 of the Environmental Conservation Law of the State of New York, SEQR rules and regulations, 6 NYCRR Part 617, State Environmental Quality Review Act, and any other forms which may be developed by the Planning Board.
Notwithstanding any rules or regulations of the New York State Department of Health, Department of Agriculture and Markets, and/or Department of Environmental Conservation now existing or hereafter promulgated, and in addition thereto, any premises used as a slaughtering house, rendering works or establishment shall be constructed to comply with the following specification:
Outdoor storage of animal mortality wastes or any by-product thereof is strictly prohibited.
All floors shall be concrete, properly waterproofed or of some material impervious to liquids.
All windows and outer doors shall be adequately screened.
The premises shall be properly ventilated as to ensure adequate supply of fresh air.
A supply of hot and cold water under adequate pressures shall be available for washing and other operating purposes.
All surfaces utilized in the facility shall be cleaned daily, or more frequently where required, using absorbent materials that are collected and properly disposed of; wastewater utilized in the cleanup process shall be treated in accordance with Department of Health standards.
No waste matter shall be disposed of or composted on site. Adequate provisions shall be made for the off-site disposal of waste matter.
Containers equipped with airtight covers shall be provided for storage of entrails and other material similar thereto, and the containers shall be thoroughly cleaned and sterilized for use by either boiling water or live steam.
Any establishment covered by this chapter shall be managed so that throughout the rendering or slaughtering process all odors and gases will be consumed or reduced, so that no odors will have an effect on neighboring premises.
No garbage or other waste liable to give off a foul odor or attract vermin shall be kept on the premises, nor shall any refuse or garbage of any kind be kept on the premises.
The Town of Hartford in any permit granted for the operation of a slaughtering house, rendering works or establishment reserves the right to inspect the premises from time to time, and in the event a departure from the prescribed methods of operation of slaughtering houses, rendering works or establishments shall be made apparent, and which in the opinion of the Town Board or its duly authorized agent shall result in a lessening of the sanitary or health safeguards, the Town Board, as a local board of health, may suspend the operation of the plant and/or invoke penalties hereinafter set forth.
This chapter shall not apply to:
Any bona fide farmer who butchers his own domestic animal, poultry or fowl on his farm exclusively for use by him and members of his household and his nonpaying guests and employees.
Any retail merchant who accepts animals, poultry or fowl and processes said animals, poultry or fowl for human consumption at his place of business for a consumer who is utilizing the meat for his personal consumption and not subject to resale. To qualify for this exemption, the animal, poultry or fowl must have been killed and dressed off site prior to arriving at the establishment, with all waste matter properly disposed of by the consumer. Any offal that is generated during the processing at the facility shall be returned to the consumer for proper disposal. Residual parts of the animal, poultry or fowl that are intended to generate revenue for the establishment, such as hides, bones, etc., shall not be considered as waste.
A duly licensed hunter or hunting group or sport group which slaughters hunted or sported animals, poultry or fowl for recreation or personal consumption.
Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary contained herein, no permit for the operation or maintenance of a slaughtering house, rendering works or establishment shall be granted absent proof of compliance with New York State Agricultural and Markets Law, the New York State Environmental Conservation Law, and the rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Health.
Any person violating any provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty in a sum not exceed $250 or imprisonment for up to 15 days. Each day a slaughtering house, rendering works or establishment is in operation contrary to the provisions of this chapter the same shall constitute a separate and distinct offense, and each violation shall be punishable as herein set forth.
Within 30 days of the effective date of this chapter, a person operating or maintaining a slaughtering house, rendering works or establishment as defined herein (an "existing facility") must apply for a permit pursuant to this chapter. Such existing facility which does not fully meet the regulations and requirements of this chapter may be granted a temporary permit for a period of three months after the effective date of this chapter. At the end of such three-month period, such existing facility which has been issued a temporary permit as provided for herein must fully comply with all regulations and requirements contained in this chapter and obtain a permit; otherwise, such existing permitted facility shall be terminated and the person operating such activity shall immediately cease and desist from operating or conducting same and shall remove from such place any carcass or other materials of the nature described herein which would constitute a slaughtering house, rendering works or establishment.