Borough of Paulsboro, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Article I adopted by the Board of Health of the Borough of Paulsboro 3-1-1937; Article II adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Paulsboro 10-28-1930 by Ord. No. 163.]
Article I Public Health Nuisances

§ 44-1 Generally prohibited nuisances.

§ 44-2 Disposal of certain wastes as nuisance; penalty.

§ 44-3 Nonexclusive enumeration of nuisances: disposal of wastes; penalty.

§ 44-4 Use of offensive wastes as fill; sunken land: penalty.

§ 44-5 Obnoxious growths on private property; penalty.

§ 44-6 Imperfect drainage appliances or fixtures.

§ 44-7 Noxious odors; penalty.

§ 44-8 Slaughterhouses and tanneries; penalty.

§ 44-9 Required abatement; penalty.

§ 44-10 Noise: animals, bells, whistles.

§ 44-11 Keeping of animals: permit, maintenance, disease; penalty.

§ 44-12 Animals kept in dwellings: penalty.

§ 44-13 Number of animals limited by permit; penalty.

§ 44-14 Sunken lots or marshes; fill; penalty.

§ 44-15 Disposition of animal wastes; penalty.

§ 44-16 Anything dangerous to human life or health prohibited; penalty.

§ 44-17 Dangerous materials on streets or sidewalks; penalty.

§ 44-18 Burning of wastes; penalty.

§ 44-19 Animals: running at large; keeping; penalty.

§ 44-20 Enclosures for fowl; penalty.

§ 44-21 Expectoration; penalty.

§ 44-22 Collection and disposal of ashes, rubbish, garbage; penalty.

§ 44-23 Butchers and markets: sanitation; penalty.

§ 44-24 Permit required for waste collection business.

§ 44-25 Vehicles for removal of refuse matter.

§ 44-26 Waste receptacles.

§ 44-27 Violations and penalties.

§ 44-28 Maintenance of saloons; penalty.

§ 44-29 Enforcement.

Article II Miscellaneous Nuisances

§ 44-30 Prohibited acts.

§ 44-31 Violations and penalties.

§ 44-32 Disposition of fines.

[Adopted 3-1-1937]

§ 44-1 Generally prohibited nuisances.

Whatever is dangerous to human life or to the health, and whatever renders the ground, air, food or water unwholesome and injurious to human health, also uncomfortable and obnoxious, is hereby declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited.

§ 44-2 Disposal of certain wastes as nuisance; penalty.

The casting, throwing, draining or discharging or causing to be cast, thrown, drained or discharged, into any public street or highway, gutter, alley or other public place or private grounds within the Borough of Paulsboro, any slops, swill, filth or human excrement, shall be deemed and is hereby declared to be a nuisance; and all ponds, pools or collections of still and stagnant water or filth of any kind, any accumulation or deposit of offal or of decaying animal or vegetable substances in or upon any lot of land near any inhabited dwelling house or in any public street or highway, alley or other public or private place within the limits of the Borough of Paulsboro, is declared to be a nuisance, and every person creating or maintaining or aiding in the creation or maintenance of any such nuisance shall forfeit and pay a penalty not exceeding $50 for each such offense, and in case of a continuing offense, shall be liable to a further penalty of $10 for each day after written notice from the Board of Health.

§ 44-3 Nonexclusive enumeration of nuisances: disposal of wastes; penalty.

Other nuisances within this Borough are hereby defined and declared to be, and they shall include and embrace, the placing or depositing in or upon any street or alley or in or upon any public or private property any dead animal or any part of the same, or filth from privies or cesspools or catch basins, or garbage; also any foul or offensive or obnoxious matter or substances whatever; also any full or overflowing privy vault, cesspool or other receptacle for filth; also permitting any liquid or solid matter taken from cesspools or privy vaults to be deposited in or upon any lawn, lot or place within the limits of the Borough of Paulsboro. and left exposed; also allowing any night soil, swill or other offensive or decomposing solid or fluid matter or substances to leak or ooze from any cart or wagon or vessel in which the same may be conveyed or carried. Every nuisance as above defined is hereby prohibited and forbidden within the limits of the Borough of Paulsboro, and any person making, causing, maintaining or permitting any of said nuisances shall forfeit and pay a penalty not exceeding $50 for each such offense.

§ 44-4 Use of offensive wastes as fill; sunken land: penalty.

No animal or vegetable substance or swill or garbage, nor any offensive material, either separately or mixed with ashes or rubbish, shall be deposited on, used to fill in or raise the surface level of any ground, lot or street, nor shall any person maintain any sunken land from which there shall arise any offensive gases deleterious to health. Any person or persons offending against any of the provisions of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty not exceeding $20 for each and every offense.

§ 44-5 Obnoxious growths on private property; penalty.

All owners of real estate in the Borough of Paulsboro shall keep the same free and clear of all noxious weeds and other unhealthy vegetable growth, and it shall be the duty of the Health Officer to give written notice to each and every person owning such real estate in the Borough of Paulsboro wherein such noxious or unhealthy vegetable growth is permitted to remain and exist, notifying such person that if the same be not cut down and removed within three days from the date of such notice, then and in such case the Board of Health will cause the same to be cut down and removed at the expense of the owner or owners of any such real estate and in case any such owner or owners shall not reside in the Borough of Paulsboro, then and in such case the said notice shall be mailed with postage prepaid thereon by the Secretary of this Board, or the Health Officer, to the respective post-office address of such owner, if the same can be ascertained, and if not, be posted upon the premises, and it shall be unlawful for any such owner or owners of any real estate in the Borough of Paulsboro to allow or permit noxious weeds or other unhealthy vegetable growth to grow, remain or exist thereon after the receipt or posting of such notice. Any person or corporation violating any of the provisions of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty of not less than $10 for each and every offense.

§ 44-6 Imperfect drainage appliances or fixtures.

Any imperfect trap, sink or water closet within any house, or any other drainage appliance or fixtures within any house, from which there shall arise any foul or obnoxious gas or odor detrimental to human health, is hereby declared a nuisance, and any owner of said property or other person maintaining any such nuisance, or any person who shall refuse or neglect to repair or make perfect any defect in any drainage appliance or any part of the soil pipe, or any fixture, sink basin, water closet or trap attached to said waste pipe or soil pipe, shall forfeit and pay a penalty not exceeding $20 for each such offense.

§ 44-7 Noxious odors; penalty.

No person or persons, corporation or corporations shall carry on any trade or business within the limits of the Borough of Paulsboro which may be attended by offensive or unhealthy odors and which may be obnoxious to the inhabitants of said Borough, under a penalty of not exceeding $50 for the first offense and a further penalty of $10 for each day such business shall be carried on thereafter.

§ 44-8 Slaughterhouses and tanneries; penalty.

The operation or maintenance of any slaughterhouse or place where cattle, sheep or swine are slaughtered or killed, or the operation or maintenance of any tannery or place where the hides or skins of any animals are dried, treated or tanned, within the limits of the Borough of Paulsboro, is hereby defined and declared to be a nuisance, and any person or persons violating or offending against any of the provisions hereof shall forfeit and pay a penalty of $50 for each offense, and shall forfeit and pay an additional penalty of $10 for each and every day during which such slaughterhouse or tannery shall continue to be operated or maintained after the first violation or offense.

§ 44-9 Required abatement; penalty.

It shall be the duty of any owner, tenant, lessee or occupant of any lot, ground, building, house or stable within the limits of the Borough of Paulsboro, upon notice from the Board of Health, to forthwith remove therefrom any rubbish, garbage, offal or any offensive matter or thing, and it shall be the duty of any person, on notice from the Board of Health, to abate any nuisance existing on any premises of which he may be the lessee, owner, tenant or occupant. If any person shall neglect or refuse to remove any foul or obnoxious or hurtful matter or thing or if any person shall refuse or neglect to abate any nuisances, then the Board of Health may proceed under the provisions of "An Act to establish in this State, Boards of Health and a Bureau of Vital Statistics, and to define their respective powers and duties," approved March 31, 1887 and the Acts supplemental thereto and amendatory thereof, and shall remove said nuisance, source of foulness or cause of sickness and shall recover by action of debt the expense incurred by said Board by such removal. Any person or persons offending against any of the provisions of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty of not exceeding $25 for each and every offense.

§ 44-10 Noise: animals, bells, whistles.

No person owning, occupying or having in charge any stable, house or other premises within the limits of the Borough of Paulsboro shall keep, have or allow thereon any dog, cat, bird or other animal which shall by noise disturb the quiet or repose of anyone thereon or in the vicinity, nor shall the unnecessary blowing of steam whistles or the unnecessary ringing of bells be permitted in the Borough, and any person offending against any of the provisions of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty of $10 for each such offense.

§ 44-11 Keeping of animals: permit, maintenance, disease; penalty.

No person shall keep or allow to be kept in any building or premises or on any ground of which he may be the owner, lessee, tenant or occupant, within the limits of the Borough of Paulsboro, any horses, mules or other draft animals, and cows or other cattle, without a permit from this Board, and no cattle shall be kept in any place in which the water, ventilation, drainage and food are not sufficient and wholesome for the preservation, health and safe condition of said cattle, and every person shall cause any establishment where cattle or horses may be to be at all times in a clean and wholesome condition and shall not allow any animal to be therein while infected with any contagious or infectious disease, and if such contagious or infectious disease shall exist, the owner or occupant shall notify the Board of Health within 24 hours. Any person offending against any of the provisions of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty of $10 for each such offense.

§ 44-12 Animals kept in dwellings: penalty.

No person shall keep or allow to be kept in any dwelling house or building inhabited by human beings, or any part thereof, any horses, cattle, swine, goats or fowl. Any person offending against the provisions of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty of $10 for each such offense.

§ 44-13 Number of animals limited by permit; penalty.

No person shall keep a greater number of cows or other cattle, swine or goats on any premises, than is stated in the permit granted such person by this Board. Any person offending against the provisions of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty of $10 for each such offense.

§ 44-14 Sunken lots or marshes; fill; penalty.

All sunken lots or marshlands where stagnant water emits any impure or miasmatic atmosphere, or lots below grade, shall be filled up with fresh earth, ashes or cinders by the owner thereof when directed so to do by the Health Officer, under the penalty of $25 for each and every violation of this section.

§ 44-15 Disposition of animal wastes; penalty.

Every owner or lessee of any stall, stable, shed, barn or compartment wherein any horse, cattle or swine shall be kept shall keep and maintain suitably covered watertight boxes, pits or vaults into which shall be placed all manure or refuse from such horses, mules or other draft animals, cattle or swine, and such manure or refuse shall not be allowed to collect in such stall, stable, shed, barn or compartment or on the ground outside of said boxes, pits or vaults in such a manner as to be offensive, and if in the judgment of the Health Officer or any member of this Board it shall be deemed necessary for the public health or comfort that such manure or refuse shall be removed at night, he may prohibit said removal between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., and may order carts, wagons or other vehicles transporting or carrying manure or refuse to be provided with proper cover, and any person offending against the provisions of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty of $10 for each such offense.

§ 44-16 Anything dangerous to human life or health prohibited; penalty.

Any building, section or part thereof, or cellar thereof, which is not provided with adequate means of ingress and egress or is not sufficiently supported, ventilated, sewered, drained, cleaned or lighted, and whatever renders the air, food or water unwholesome, and in fact whatever is dangerous to human life or health, is hereby declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited. Any person or persons who shall aid in creating or contributing to the same and shall continue to retain or maintain any of them shall forfeit and pay a penalty not exceeding $20 for each such offense.

§ 44-17 Dangerous materials on streets or sidewalks; penalty.

No person shall place or throw on any street, road or sidewalk within the limits of the Borough of Paulsboro any bottle, broken glass, crockery ware, iron, tin, wire or other material or things dangerous to the life and limb of man and beast; and any person or persons offending against the provisions of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty not less than $10 for each such offense.

§ 44-18 Burning of wastes; penalty.

No person shall burn any paper, rubbish, trash or other article within 50 feet of a dwelling house, living quarters or residence of any neighbor or neighbors unless the same be burned in a properly constructed incinerator, and it shall be unlawful to burn or attempt to burn garbage, swill, offal, old rags or other slow-burning material which shall emit odors which render the air unwholesome and in fact injurious to public health. Any violation of this section is declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited. Any person or persons offending against any of the provisions of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty not exceeding $20 for each such offense.

§ 44-19 Animals: running at large; keeping; penalty.

No person shall allow any ducks, geese, fowl, cattle, swine or goats to run at large in the Borough, and no person shall keep or permit to be kept any fowl, geese, pigs, swine or goats except the keeping of fowl, as hereinafter provided. Any person offending against any provision of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty of $20.

§ 44-20 Enclosures for fowl; penalty.

All houses, buildings or enclosures wherein chickens or fowl are confined within the Borough limits of the Borough of Paulsboro must be kept clean and free from all foul odors, and all such houses or enclosures must not be situate within 50 feet of a dwelling house, living quarters or residence of any neighbor or neighbors. Any person or persons offending against the provisions of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty not exceeding $20.

§ 44-21 Expectoration; penalty.

It shall be unlawful and shall constitute a nuisance for any person to spit or expectorate upon the sidewalks or in any public buildings or hotel or in any streetcar or public conveyance within the limits of the Borough of Paulsboro. Any person or persons offending against the provisions of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty not less than $10.

§ 44-22 Collection and disposal of ashes, rubbish, garbage; penalty.

It shall be the duty of every owner, tenant, agent, lessee or occupant of any building to provide for or cause to be provided and kept suitable covered, watertight boxes, barrels or tubs for receiving and holding all the ashes, rubbish, swill or garbage that may accumulate or be collected in said building, and such boxes, barrels or tubs shall be placed on the sidewalk along the curb in front of said building at regular intervals and at such times as the Supervisor of the Streets and Highways may direct, but nothing in this section shall prevent private parties from removing or collecting swill or garbage if properly closed wagons or receptacles are used. Any person or persons offending against the provisions of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty of $10 for each such offense.

§ 44-23 Butchers and markets: sanitation; penalty.

Every butcher and every person owning, leasing or occupying any place, room or building, stall, store or stable or market where fowl, swine, fish or cattle may be held or kept shall keep such place, room, stall, store, building or market and their yards and appurtenances thoroughly cleaned and purified, and all offal, blood, fat, garbage, refuse and unwholesome meat shall be removed therefrom at least once in every 24 hours after the use thereof for any of the purposes herein referred to, under a penalty of $25 for each and every offense.

§ 44-24 Permit required for waste collection business.

No person shall engage in the business of collecting and transporting kitchen garbage, swill and offal in this Borough without obtaining a permit so to do from the Board of Health, said permit to be procured from the Secretary, who shall pass upon the style and character of the vehicle used for that purpose. A fee of $1 shall be charged for issuing every such permit.

§ 44-25 Vehicles for removal of refuse matter.

All vehicles for removing such refuse matter made and accumulated in and about dwelling houses and other buildings in the Borough of Paulsboro shall be watertight and securely covered on top, and shall have permanently painted on both sides of the wagon the name of the licensee and the number of his license.

§ 44-26 Waste receptacles.

No ashes or rubbish shall be placed in the same receptacle containing the garbage, swill or offal, and all containers for garbage, swill or offal shall be made of metal.

§ 44-27 Violations and penalties.

Any person or persons committing an offense against any of the provisions of the last three sections shall forfeit and pay a penalty of not less than $10 for each offense.

§ 44-28 Maintenance of saloons; penalty.

Any person or persons who shall maintain, conduct or operate a saloon or place dispensing alcoholic beverages shall keep such building or premises in a clean and wholesome condition, and shall also provide and effect special care, disinfecting and cleansing of bottles, glasses, coil boxes and any and all other beverage containers. Any person or persons committing an offense against any of the provisions of this section shall forfeit and pay a penalty not exceeding $50 for each such offense.

§ 44-29 Enforcement.

It shall be the duty of the Health Officer to look after and report on all violations of this ordinance and to make complaint against all persons so violating this ordinance.
[Adopted 10-28-1930 by Ord. No. 163]

§ 44-30 Prohibited acts.

The following shall be unlawful within the Borough of Paulsboro:
A. 
To erect, maintain or have any awning, sign or other property so as to extend over any sidewalk or street within six feet of the ground.
B. 
To obstruct any sidewalk by the use of signs, boxes, baskets, containers or other matters or things, in such way or manner as not to leave a clear space of sidewalk the width of seven feet, measuring back from the curbline, except on Broad Street, on which street there shall be a clear space of sidewalk the width of 11 feet, measuring back from the curbline.
C. 
To display for sale on any of the sidewalks of the Borough any meats, vegetables or other foodstuffs.
D. 
To make or cause to be made, or to use any horn, whistle, bell or other device which makes, any annoying, unreasonable and unnecessary noise.
E. 
To permit, by the owner or occupant of any land, grass or weeds to be grown over or on the sidewalks in front of any property to a height greater than 12 inches.
F. 
To keep or maintain on any premises any trash, paper or rubbish of any kind or character, in such a way or manner as to be ignited or in such manner as to be detrimental to the public health or safety or in such way as to be distributed by the wind to the public streets and highways or to the property of another, or to place or pile any trash, papers or rubbish of any kind or character along the property line or against any fence or building.
G. 
To park any automobile on any of the streets or highways of the Borough of Paulsboro during the whole or greater part of any day or night.
H. 
To use or operate or cause to be used or operated any mechanical device, apparatus or instrument for the intensification of the human voice or of any sound or noise in any private or public place, in such manner that the peace and good order of the neighborhood is disturbed.
I. 
To play baseball, football or any other games on any of the sidewalks, streets or highways of the Borough of Paulsboro.
J. 
To obstruct any sidewalk, street or highway during any building operation without sufficiently guarding the public from injury from said obstructions or without guarding said obstructions at night by a sufficient number of red lights to properly mark the same.
K. 
To loiter or assemble on the streets, at the corners of the streets or in any of the public places of the Borough of Paulsboro.

§ 44-31 Violations and penalties.

Any person or persons, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction for each offense, be subject to a fine of not exceeding $25 or imprisonment in the Borough or county jail for a period not exceeding 30 days, or both, in the discretion of the Mayor, Municipal Court or other Magistrate before whom the conviction is had.

§ 44-32 Disposition of fines.

All fines collected under this ordinance shall be paid to the Borough Treasurer for the use of the Borough of Paulsboro.