City of Camden, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Camden 12-9-1971 as Arts. 4 and 6 of Ch. 13 of the Revised Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Fire prevention — See Ch. 240.

Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 266.

Junkyards — See Ch. 320.

Property maintenance — See Ch. 418.

Snow, ice and debris removal — See Ch. 477.

Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 491.

Trees and shrubs — See Ch. 542.

Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 548.

ARTICLE I
Ragweed and Poison Ivy (§ 159-1 — § 159-8) 

ARTICLE II
Brush, Weeds and Debris (§ 159-9 — § 159-14) 

§ 159-1
Presence a nuisance. 

§ 159-2
Owner and occupants not to permit growth. 

§ 159-3
Notice to abate. 

§ 159-4
Correction by City of conditions on public property. 

§ 159-5
Failure of owners to comply; abatement by City. 

§ 159-6
Recovery of costs of abatement by City. 

§ 159-7
Enforcement  

§ 159-8
Violations and penalties.  

§ 159-1 Presence a nuisance.

The growth, existence or presence of ragweed or poison ivy on any plot of land, lot, street, highway, right-of-way or any other public or private place is hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to public health.

§ 159-2 Owner and occupants not to permit growth.

No owner, tenant or occupant of any plot of land, lot, street, highway, right-of-way or any other public or private place shall cause, allow or permit ragweed or poison ivy to grow or exist thereon.

§ 159-3 Notice to abate.

A. 

Whenever a nuisance, as declared by this article, is found on any plot of land, lot, right-of-way or any other private premises or place, notice in writing shall be given to the owner thereof to remove or abate the same within such time as shall be specified therein, but not less than five days from the date of service thereof. A duplicate of the notice shall be left with one or more of the tenants or occupants of the premises or place.

B. 

If the owner resides out of the state or cannot be so notified speedily, such notice shall be left at that place or premises with the tenant or occupant thereof or posted on the premises, and such action shall be considered proper notification to the owner, tenant or occupant thereof.

§ 159-4 Correction by City of conditions on public property.

Whenever a nuisance, as declared by this article, is found on any public property or any highway or any other public premises or place, notice, in writing, shall be given to the person in charge thereof to remove or abate the same within such time as shall be specified therein. If such person fails to comply with such notice within the time specified therein, the Health Officer may remove or abate such nuisance in the manner as hereinafter provided in the case of a like condition existing on a private premises or place.

§ 159-5 Failure of owners to comply; abatement by City.

If the owner, tenant or occupant, upon being notified as provided by § 159-3, shall not comply with such notice within the time specified therein and fails to remove or abate such nuisance, the Health Officer of the City shall proceed to abate the nuisance or may cause it to be removed or abated in a summary manner by such means as he shall deem proper.

§ 159-6 Recovery of costs of abatement by City.

The Health Officer of the City may institute an action at law to recover costs incurred by it in the removal or abatement of ragweed or poison ivy from any person who shall have caused or allowed such nuisance to exist or from any owner, tenant or occupant of premises who, after notice as provided in this article, shall fail to remove and abate the same within the time specified in such notice.

§ 159-7 Enforcement

[Amended 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289]

Subject to the direction and supervision of the Director of the Department of Human Services, the provisions of this article shall be enforced by the agents and employees of said Department.

§ 159-8 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289]

Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days.

§ 159-9
Definitions. 

§ 159-10
Purpose. 

§ 159-11
Report of conditions to Attorney; notice to remove.  

§ 159-12
Failure to comply. 

§ 159-13
Removal by City; recovery of costs.  

§ 159-14
Violations and penalties. 

§ 159-9 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

BRUSH, WEEDS AND DEBRIS
Includes brush, weeds, dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash or other debris.

§ 159-10 Purpose.

This article is enacted for the preservation of the public health, safety and general welfare and the elimination of fire hazards within the limits of the City.

§ 159-11 Report of conditions to Attorney; notice to remove.

[Amended 1-12-1978 by Ord. No. MC-1295]
A. 

Whenever any employee of the City of Camden who is charged with the duty of making an inspection for the purpose of health, housing and sanitation shall find upon any lot, yard, land or premises any brush, weeds, debris, hazard or nuisance to such an extent as, in his opinion, is inimical to the public health, general safety and welfare of the City or to such an extent as to constitute a fire hazard and nuisance, he shall report said violation to the Director of Public Works, who shall cause written notice to be given to the owner, tenant, occupier or holder of any mortgage of said premises to remove therefrom such brush, weeds, debris, hazard or nuisance, in the manner set forth therein, within three days of service of notice.

[Amended 10-24-1991 by Ord. No. MC-2697; 10-14-2004 by Ord. No. MC-3992]

B. 

If, in the opinion of the Director of Public Works, the brush, weeds, debris, hazard or nuisance constitutes a situation where immediate action is necessary, the Director of Public Works or his appointee shall give notice to the owner, tenant, occupier or the holder of any mortgage on said premises that the City determines that this situation does constitute a threat to the public health, safety and welfare and shall order the situation to be corrected immediately, and the owner of said property shall be billed for the costs incurred by the City of Camden as set forth in § 159-13 of this article.

[Amended 10-24-1991 by Ord. No. MC-2697]

C. 

Service of any such notice shall be made upon the owner, tenant, occupant or holder of any mortgage on said premises either personally or by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested.

§ 159-12 Failure to comply.

Any owner or tenant, as the case may be, who fails or neglects to comply with the notice duly served as provided in § 159-11 hereof and within the time prescribed therein shall be subject to the penalty prescribed in § 159-14 hereof.

§ 159-13 Removal by City; recovery of costs.

[Amended 1-12-1978 by Ord. No. MC-1295]
A. 

Whenever, after notice has been given as provided in § 159-11 hereof, the owner, tenant, occupant or holder of mortgage shall have refused or neglected to remove such brush, weeds, debris, hazard or nuisance in the manner and within the three-day period prescribed in § 159-11A, the Director of Public Works or his appointee shall thereupon cause to be removed from such lands said brush, weeds, debris, hazard or nuisance and certify to the Business Administrator the cost of removal thereof.

[Amended 10-24-1991 by Ord. No. MC-2697; 10-14-2004 by Ord. No. MC-3992]

B. 

Said Business Administrator or his appointee shall forthwith certify to the Council the cost of removal thereof. The Council shall examine the certificate and, if it finds the certificate to be correct, shall, by resolution, cause the amount of the costs as shown upon the certificate to be charged against said lands.

C. 

The amount so charged shall become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed, levied and collected upon such lands. The amount of such charge or lien shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes and shall be collected and enforced by the Collector of Taxes in the City in the same manner as general taxes.

§ 159-14 Violations and penalties.

A. 

Unless otherwise provided in the chapter, penalties against persons violating the provisions of § 159-12 of this article shall be imposed in accordance with the provisions of § 1-16A.

[Amended 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289; 10-24-1991 by Ord. No. MC-2697; 10-12-2006 by Ord. No. MC-4234]

B. 

The imposition of the penalty provided for in Subsection A of this section shall not constitute a bar to, nor be deemed in substitution of, the exercise of the right and power of the City provided for in § 159-13 hereof.