Township of Shrewsbury, PA
York County
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[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 1]
This Part shall be known and may be cited as the "Shrewsbury Township Junkyard and Refuse Ordinance."
[Ord. 1969-1,1/9/1969, § 2]
It is the purpose and intent of this Part to promote and protect public health so as to prevent the accumulation of excessive rubbish and junk and the development of potential public health nuisances through the accumulation of unsanitary conditions. Further, to protect the safety and general welfare of the public by eliminating unattractive nuisances and unsafe conditions; at the same time to protect property values of adjacent property owners by regulating and licensing junk dealers in accordance with § 1532(4) of the Second Class Township Code, 53 P.S. § 66532(4).
[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 3]
The following words shall for the purposes of this Part have the following meanings:
BOARD
Board of Supervisors of Shrewsbury Township.
JUNK
Any discarded material and shall include, but not be limited to, scrap metal, two or more abandoned operable and/or unlicensed motor vehicles, machinery, equipment, paper, glass, containers and structures. It shall not include garbage kept in a proper container for the purpose of prompt disposal.
JUNK DEALER
Any person as hereinafter defined, who shall engage in the business of selling, buying, salvaging and dealing in junk and who maintains and operates a junkyard within Shrewsbury Township.
JUNKYARD
Any place where any junk as hereinafter defined is stored or disposed of.
LICENSE
The permit granted to a person who stores or disposes of junk as hereinbefore defined.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, association and corporation.
TOWNSHIP
Shrewsbury Township, York County, Pennsylvania.
[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 4; as amended by Ord. 2008-02, 8/6/2008]
No person shall engage in business as a junk dealer in the Township without first having obtained a license from the Supervisors, for which license the fee shall be in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. Such license shall be renewed annually on or before the first day of January of each year. In case where a junk dealer business shall be established in the Township on or after the first day of July in any year, the license fee payable by such junk dealer for the remainder of such year shall be at 1/2 the yearly rate.
[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 5]
The license provided for in this Part shall be issued to persons desiring to be licensed. The application form shall be provided by the Board. The license shall state the name of person to whom such license is issued, the premises on which the business is to be conducted and the written consent of the property owners to use the property as a junkyard. The applicant shall also submit a plot of the premises to be used. Such license shall be posted conspicuously upon the premises licensed.
[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 6]
Upon receipt of an application by the Board, the Board shall issue a license or refuse to issue a license to the person applying therefore after taking into consideration the effect of the proposed use upon the Township, both economic and aesthetic. In the event the Board shall issue a license, it may impose upon the person applying therefore such conditions as may be deemed necessary to carry out the intent and purpose of this Part.
[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 7]
No person licensed under this Part shall, by virtue of one license, keep more than one place of business within the Township for purpose of dealing in junk. Nor shall any such persons engage in business as a junk dealer in any place other than the place designated upon his license.
[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 8]
No license issued by the Board shall be transferrable by a licensee to any other person unless such transfer is authorized by the Board. Any person desiring to transfer a license shall notify the Board in writing, which notification shall be accompanied by the transferee's application for license as described in § 10-205. In the event the Board approves a transfer of location or license, they may impose such conditions as may be deemed necessary to carry out the purpose and intent of this Part.
[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 9; as amended by Ord. 2008-02, 8/6/2008]
In event the Board shall approve transfer of license, the transferee shall immediately pay to Township a transfer fee in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.
[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 10; as amended by Ord. 2008-02, 8/6/2008]
Every person who stores junk in this Township shall constantly maintain the premises in accordance with any special provision imposed by the Board and in the manner prescribed by this Section and any subsequent regulations adopted by the Board:
A. 
Such premises shall at all times be maintained so as not to constitute a nuisance or menace to the health of the community or of residents nearby or a place for the breeding of rodents and vermin.
B. 
No garbage or other organic waste shall be stored on such premises.
C. 
Whenever any motor vehicle shall be received on such premises as junk, all gasoline shall be drained and removed therefrom.
D. 
The premises on which junk is stored shall be set back a minimum distance of 100 feet from the right-of-way lines on all streets or roads and a minimum distance of 50 feet from all other property lines. The area between the set back lines and the right-of-way line and all streets and roads and all other property lines shall at all times be kept.
E. 
Any premises on which junk is stored shall at the setback lines be enclosed by evergreen screen plantings or a uniformly painted solid board fence, or both. The type of evergreen plantings and fencing used and the way they are set out must be approved by the Board at the time of the issuance of a license or at the time of renewal or transfer of license.
F. 
All junk shall be stored in such a manner and screened so as not to be readily accessible or visible from the street or public road. Junk shall not be stored above the height of the screen plantings or fencing.
G. 
All signs displayed on the licensed premises shall be approved by the Board; but in no case shall the total area of any one sign exceed four feet by eight feet.
H. 
The manner of storage and arrangement of junk, and the drainage facilities of the premises shall be such so as to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water upon the premises and to facilitate access for firefighting purposes.
[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 11]
Any person who has four abandoned and/or unlicensed motor vehicles on his or her premises shall keep those abandoned and/or unlicensed motor vehicles a minimum distance of 500 feet from the right-of-way lines on all streets or roads and a minimum distance of 50 feet from all other property lines, if this is possible. If this is not possible, then the abandoned and/or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be kept at the back side of the premises so far from all streets and roads as possible, so as not to be visible from all streets and roads.
[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 12]
Each person subject to this Part shall have six months from the time this Part becomes effective to comply with the provisions of this Part.
[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 13]
Every person licensed under this Part 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 and the person from whom such article or material was purchased or received or handled by such person, and the said book shall at all times be subject to the inspection of any official of the Township.
[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 15]
Every person licensed under this Part 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.
[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 14; as amended by Ord. 2008-02, 8/6/2008]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, 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 Part continues or each Section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. 1969-1, 1/9/1969, § 15]
In addition to the remedies provided in § 10-215 above, any continued violation of this Part which shall constitute a nuisance may be abated by proceeding against the violator in a court of equity for relief.