Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article III - Junk Yards

Any vio­la­tion of this Arti­cle is here­by declared a nui­sance offense sub­ject to Fifty Dol­lars ($50.00) fine for each day that such vio­la­tion continues.

(08–06–73)

he Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers is autho­rized to enter into agree­ments with the des­ig­nat­ed author­i­ty of the Unit­ed States Gov­ern­ment relat­ing to the con­trol of junk yads or scrap pro­cess­ing facil­i­ty in areas adja­cent to the pub­lic roads, and to take such action as may be nec­es­sary to com­ply with the terms of such agreements.

The Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers may apply to the Cir­cuit Court of the Coun­ty in which a junk yard or scrap pro­cess­ing facil­i­ty is locat­ed for an injunc­tion to abate the nui­sance cre­at­ed by the junk yard or scrap pro­cess­ing facil­i­ty which is not in com­pli­ance with this Article.

When the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers deter­mines that the topog­ra­phy of land will not per­mit ade­quate screen­ing of exist­ing junk yards or scrap pro­cess­ing facil­i­ties or junk yards or scrap pro­cess­ing facil­i­ties law­ful­ly estab­lished but which become non­con­form­ing, the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers may acquire by gift, pur­chase or by the exer­cise of the right of emi­nent domain such junk yards or scrap pro­cess­ing facil­i­ties, or por­tions there­of, nec­es­sary to secure com­pli­ance with this Arti­cle.  When it is more eco­nom­i­cal to move such junk yards or scrap pro­cess­ing facil­i­ties, or por­tions there­of, the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers may acquire by gift, pur­chase or by the exer­cise of the right of emi­nent domain such lands or inter­est in lands as may be nec­es­sary to secure the relo­ca­tion of such junk yards or scrap pro­cess­ing facil­i­ties, or por­tions there­of, and pay the costs of such relo­ca­tion.  The Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers may also acquire by gift, pur­chase or by the exer­cise of the right of emi­nent domain such land or inter­ests in land as is nec­es­sary to effec­tive­ly screen exist­ing junk yards or scrap pro­cess­ing facil­i­ties law­ful­ly estab­lished, but which become nonconforming.

The Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers shall pro­mul­gate reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing the loca­tion, plant­i­ng, con­struc­tion and main­te­nance, includ­ing mate­ri­als used in screen­ing or fenc­ing required by this Article.

Any junk yard or scrap pro­cess­ing facil­i­ty law­ful­ly in exis­tence on the effec­tive date of this Arti­cle which is with­in one thou­sand (1,000) feet of the near­est edge of the right of way and vis­i­ble from the main-trav­eled way of any high­way in the Union Coun­ty pub­lic road sys­tem, shall be screened, if fea­si­ble, by the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers at loca­tions on high­way right of way or in areas acquired for such pur­pos­es out­side the right of way so as not to be vis­i­ble from the main-trav­eled way of such highway.

No per­son may here­after estab­lish, oper­ate, or main­tain a junk yard or scrap pro­cess­ing facil­i­ty, any por­tion of which is with­in one thou­sand (1,000) feet of the near­est edge of the right of way of any pub­lic roads inUnion­Coun­ty, except the following:

(A) Those which are screened by nat­ur­al objects, plant­i­ngs, fences, or oth­er appro­pri­ate means so as not to be vis­i­ble from the main-trav­eled way of the sys­tem, or oth­er­wise removed from sight and any such objects, plant­i­ngs, fences or oth­er appro­pri­ate means must be approved by the Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers in advance of com­menc­ing the oper­a­tion of such junk yard or scrap pro­cess­ing facility.

(B) Those locat­ed with­in areas which are zoned for indus­tri­al use, or those locat­ed with­in unzoned areas which are used for indus­tri­al activ­i­ties, as deter­mined by reg­u­la­tions to be pro­mul­gat­ed by the Union Coun­ty Board of Commissioners.

(C) Those which are not vis­i­ble form the main-trav­eled way of the Union Coun­ty high­way system.

Terms used in this Arti­cle, unless the con­text oth­er­wise requires, are defined as follows:

(A) Junk Yard means an estab­lish­ment or place of busi­ness which is main­tained, oper­at­ed, or used for stor­ing, keep­ing, buy­ing, or sell­ing junk, or for the main­te­nance or oper­a­tion of an auto­mo­bile grave­yard, and the term shall include garbage dumps and san­i­tary fills.

(B) Junk means old or scrap cop­per, brass, rope, rags, bat­ter­ies, paper, trash, rub­ber debris, waste, or junked, dis­man­tled or wrecked auto­mo­biles, or parts there­of, iron, steel, and oth­er old or scrap fer­rous or non­fer­rous material.

(C) Auto­mo­bile Grave­yard means any estab­lish­ment or place of busi­ness which is main­tained, used, or oper­at­ed for stor­ing, keep­ing, buy­ing or sell­ing wrecked, scrapped, ruined or dis­man­tled motor vehi­cles or motor vehi­cle parts.

(D) Scrap Pro­cess­ing Facil­i­ty means any estab­lish­ment hav­ing facil­i­ties for pro­cess­ing iron, steel, non­fer­rous scrap, min­er­al wastes or slag, and whose prin­ci­pal pro­duce is scrap iron, steel, or non­fer­rous scrap for sale for remelt­ing pur­pos­es only.