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AN ORDINANCE ENACTING A CODE OF ORDINANCES FOR THE BOROUGH OF BEDFORD, BEDFORD COUNTY, REVISING, AMENDING, RESTATING, CODIFYING AND COMPILING CERTAIN EXISTING GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE BOROUGH OF BEDFORD DEALING WITH SUBJECTS EMBRACED IN SUCH CODE OF ORDINANCES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
WHEREAS, the present general and permanent ordinances of the Borough of Bedford are inadequately arranged and classified and are insufficient in form and substance for the complete preservation of the public peace, health, safety and general welfare of the Borough of Bedford and for the proper conduct of its affairs; and
WHEREAS, the Acts of the Legislature of the State of Pennsylvania empower and authorize the Borough of Bedford to revise, amend, restate, codify and compile any existing ordinances and all new ordinances not heretofore adopted or published and to incorporate such ordinances into one ordinance in book form; and
WHEREAS, the Legislative Authority of the Borough of Bedford has authorized a general compilation, revision and codification of the ordinances of the Borough of Bedford of a general and permanent nature and publication of such ordinance in book form; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to provide for the usual daily operation of the Borough of Bedford and for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety and general welfare of the Borough of Bedford that this ordinance take effect at an early date.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOROUGH OF BEDFORD, BEDFORD COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA:
Section 1. The general ordinances of the Political Subdivision as revised, amended, restated, codified, and compiled in book form are hereby adopted as and shall constitute the "Code of Ordinances of the Borough of Bedford, Bedford County, Pennsylvania."
Section 2. Such Code of Ordinances as adopted in Section 1 shall consist of the following Titles:
TITLE I: GENERAL PROVISIONS
10. General Provisions
TITLE III: ADMINISTRATION
31. Emergency Services
TITLE V: PUBLIC WORKS
50. Solid Waste
TITLE VII: TRAFFIC CODE
70. Traffic Regulations
71. Parking Regulations
72. Recreational Vehicles
73. Traffic Schedules
74. Parking Schedules
TITLE IX: GENERAL REGULATIONS
91. Fire Prevention
92. Property Maintenance
94. Parks and Recreation
95. Streets and Sidewalks
TITLE XI: BUSINESS REGULATIONS
110. General Provisions
111. Peddler and Solicitors
112. Retail Food Establishments
113. Fire Insurance Companies
114. Professional Services Contracts
TITLE XIII: GENERAL OFFENSES
131. Alcoholic Beverages
TITLE XV: LAND USAGE
150. Building and Sign Regulations
151. Streets and Sidewalks
152. Flood Prevention
153. Subdivision and Land Development
TABLE OF SPECIAL ORDINANCES
II. Acquisitions and Vacations
References to Pennsylvania Statutes
References to Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
References to Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Annotated
References to Pennsylvania Code
References to 2001 Code
References to Resolutions
References to Ordinances
Section 3. All prior ordinances pertaining to the subjects treated in such Code of Ordinances shall be deemed repealed from and after the effective date of this ordinance except as they are included and re-ordained in whole or in part in such Code; provided, such repeal shall not affect any offense committed or penalty incurred or any right established prior to the effective date of this ordinance, nor shall such repeal affect the provisions of ordinances levying taxes, appropriating money, annexing or detaching territory, establishing franchises, or granting special rights to certain persons, authorizing public improvements, authorizing the issuance of bonds or borrowing of money, authorizing the purchase or sale of real or personal property, granting or accepting easements, plat or dedication of land to public use, vacating or setting the boundaries of streets or other public places; nor shall such repeal affect any other ordinance of a temporary or special nature or pertaining to subjects not contained in or covered by the Code.
Section 4. Such Code shall be deemed published and effective as of January 1, 2023 and approval by the Bedford Borough Council and the Borough Secretary of the Borough of Bedford is hereby authorized and ordered to file a copy of such Code of Ordinances in the Office of the Secretary.
Section 5. Such Code shall be in full force and effect as provided in Section 6, and such Code shall be presumptive evidence in all courts and places of the ordinance and all provisions, sections, penalties and regulations therein contained and of the date of passage, and that the same is properly signed, attested, recorded, and approved and that any public hearings and notices thereof as required by law have been given.
Section 6. This ordinance is declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the peace, health, safety and general welfare of the people of this municipality, and shall take effect at the earliest date provided by law.
Section 7. It shall be unlawful for anyone to change, alter, or tamper with the Code of Ordinances in any manner which will intentionally misrepresent the laws of the Borough. Whosoever shall violate this Section shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than six hundred dollars ($600.00) and costs, or in default of payment thereof, shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed thirty (30) days.
Section 8. It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Borough Council that the chapters, parts, sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and phrases of this codification are severable. If any section, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this code is declared unconstitutional, illegal or otherwise invalid by the judgment or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction, that invalidity shall not affect any of the remaining chapters, parts, sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses or phrases of this codification.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Borough of Bedford, Bedford County, Pennsylvania on this fifth day of December, 2022.
Borough of Bedford
Council (Vice) President
Approved this 5th day of December, 2022.