[HISTORY: Derived from the 1969 Revised General Ordinances of the Borough of Spotswood (adopted by the Borough Council 5-11-1970 by Ord. No. 278, as amended through 9/94) as indicated in article histories. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Removal of Grass, Brush and Other Debris
Article II Weed Control
[Derived from Sec. 6-3 of the 1969 Revised General Ordinances]
It shall be the duty of the owner, tenant or person in possession of any land in the Borough:
To keep such land free of brush, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris, where they are inimical to the preservation of the public health, safety or general welfare of the Borough, or which may constitute a fire hazard.
To remove all grass, weeds, brush and other debris from that part of a street bordering on their land, where the land abuts or borders on any public street in the Borough.
To control the growth of bamboo, which is considered an invasive plant series and can cause nuisance as well as damage to neighboring properties. The growth must be controlled by the property owner. The failure to control the spread of such vegetation beyond the boundaries of a resident's property is a violation of this chapter.
[Added 10-6-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-10]
All native and nonnative vines and vegetation that grow out of place and are competitive, persistent, and pernicious. These plants may damage trees, vegetation or structures. Examples include but are not limited to bamboo (spreading or running type), ragweed, multiflora rose and kudzu vine.
Whenever the Commissioners deem it necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, general welfare or the elimination of a fire hazard, or upon investigation of a complaint of any resident, officer or employee of the Borough, they may order the owner, tenant or person in possession of land on which grass, weeds, trash or other debris are found, to remove them within 10 days, or to cause their removal if the order is not complied with.
After an investigation of a complaint of a resident, officer or employee of the Borough, or on his own motion, the Building Inspector shall make a written report of the conditions complained of to the Commissioners at their next regular meeting. If the reported conditions are found to exist, the Commissioners shall direct the Clerk to notify the owner, tenant or person in possession of the land complained of, in writing, either personally or by registered mail, to remove such brush, weeds, dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growth, filth, garbage, trash, or other debris, within 10 days after receipt of the notice. The Building Inspector shall reinspect the land in question after the ten-day period expires and shall present a written report to the Commissioners at their next regular meeting on whether the condition complained of has been abated or remedied.
If the owner, tenant or person in possession of the land in question refuses or neglects to abate or remedy the condition complained of within 10 days after receipt of notice, the Building Inspector shall cause the condition complained of to be abated and remedied and shall certify the cost to the Commissioners, who shall examine the certificate and, if they find it correct, shall cause the cost to be charged against the land. The amount so charged shall become a lien on the land, shall be added to and become a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied on the land, shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected in the same manner as taxes. Costs shall be in addition to penalties imposed for violations of this article.
[Derived from Ch. XXV of the 1969 Revised General Ordinances]
A code declaring ragweed and poison ivy to be a nuisance, providing for their removal or abatement and for recovery of expenses incurred by the Division of Health in their removal or abatement and prescribing penalties for violations is hereby established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:3-69.1 to 26:3-69.6. A copy of the code is annexed to and made a part of this article without the inclusion of the text.
The code established and adopted by this article is known as the "Weed Control Code of New Jersey (1953)."
Three copies of the Weed Control Code of New Jersey (1953) shall be placed on file in the office of the Clerk and shall remain on file in that office for the use and examination of the public.
The code is amended in Section 4.1 to read as follows: "4.1. The provisions of this code shall be enforced by members of the Police Department of the Borough, the Building Inspector or Official of the Borough, the Plumbing Inspector of the Borough, the Health Officer, and any other official authorized by the Commissioners to enforce this code and article."