City of Mendota, IL
LaSalle County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Mendota as Ch. 32, §§ 32.02 and 32.12, of the 1998 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Garage sales — See Ch. 171.
Licensing — See Ch. 193.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 221.
Zoning — See Ch. 340.

§ 185-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
JUNK
Old iron, chain, brass, copper, tin, lead or other base metals, old rope, old bags, wastepaper, paper clippings, scraps of woolen, clips, bagging, rubber, rags and glass, empty bottles of different kinds and sizes when the number of each kind or size is less than one gross, and all articles and things discarded or no longer used as manufactured articles composed of or consisting of any one or more of the materials or articles herein mentioned.
JUNK DEALER
Any person who engages in the business of buying, selling, bartering or exchanging, or who collects, receives, stores or holds in possession for sale, barter or exchange, any junk.
JUNK PEDDLER
Any person who does not occupy premises leased or purchased especially for the purpose of such business but deals in junk, and is to be considered as a "retail junk dealer."
RETAIL JUNK DEALER
Any junk dealer whose usual and customary purchases consist of quantities of less than the amounts customarily purchased by wholesale junk dealers, or who purchases from junk peddlers.
WHOLESALE JUNK DEALER
Any junk dealer who deals in large quantities of junk. "Large quantities" shall mean that the customary and usual separate transactions, both of purchases and sales, shall consist of the purchase or sale of carload lots, or lots of 10 tons or more of metals, or lots of 10 bales or more of rags, and correspondingly large lots of any other junk dealt in. Purchasers of old or waste metals in large quantities shall be regarded as wholesale junk dealers unless they actually operate within the City a plant for the smelting or refining of such metals.

§ 185-2 License required.

Every person who maintains or conducts a retail junk business or a wholesale junk business shall procure a separate license for each, and if more than one retail junk business, for each such retail business. A separate license shall be procured by every junk dealer for each separate junk store or junkyard located on separate premises and by every junk peddler for junk vehicles used in the business.

§ 185-3 Fees. [1]

Fees for retail junk dealers, wholesale junk dealers and junk peddlers shall be set from time to time by the City Council. See Chapter 193, Licenses, § 193-5.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 185-4 Bond.

Every person desiring to carry on in this City the business of junk dealer or peddler shall execute a bond to the City in the penal sum of $500, conditioned upon the faithful obedience and adherence to the laws of the United States and the State of Illinois, and the ordinances of the City of Mendota, and to save harmless any person who may or might be injured by reason of the granting of a license to operate as a junk dealer.

§ 185-5 Inspections. [1]

Every store or yard where junk is dealt in shall be subject to inspection by the Police and Fire Departments of the City. Inspections shall be made at reasonable hours. It is made the particular duty of the Chief of Police to make regular inspections of stores and yards where junk is dealt in.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 185-6 Location; frontage consents. [1]

No person shall locate, build, construct, operate or maintain any junkyard in any block in the City where a majority of the houses abutting on both sides of the street in the block are used exclusively for residence purposes without having first secured the written consent of the owners of a majority of the frontage abutting on such street on both sides within such block. The term "block" shall mean that portion of the street between the two intersections with other public streets nearest the specified location on each side; provided that if, on either or both sides of such location, there is no such intersection within 300 feet of the center of the specified location, the block shall be considered as terminating at a point 300 feet from such center. The term "street" shall be construed to include such highways as have been dedicated by either common law or statutory dedication as public streets and are actually in use as such. The term "street" shall not be construed to include alleys. No license shall be issued unless the applicant complies with all other ordinances of the City of Mendota, including Chapter 340, Zoning.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 185-7 Operating restrictions.

No person licensed as a junk dealer shall carry on the business at any other house, place, store, shop, warehouse, building, yard or enclosure than that designated in the license issued to him.

§ 185-8 Vehicles.

Every vehicle used by a junk dealer in the conduct of his business shall bear thereon, in legible characters, the name and address of the owner and proprietor thereof.

§ 185-9 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person violating this chapter shall be fined as set forth in Chapter 1, Article III, Penalties and Enforcement, of the City Code.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).