[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Haledon as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 8-14-1967 by Ord. No. 7-10-67 (Ch. 138, Art. I, of the 1984 Code)]
It is hereby determined by the Mayor and Council that the unregulated operation of automatic self-service laundromats in the Borough of Haledon has caused many police problems at the site of such laundromats and, accordingly, it is hereby determined that for the preservation of public health, safety and general welfare, it is necessary to regulate the operation of such laundromats.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- SELF-SERVICE LAUNDROMAT
- A recognized place of business conducted for the purpose of washing, cleaning, drying and/or laundering clothes or other washable materials or cleaning and drying of any such materials that may be brought to the establishment or place of business and wherein the work is done in machines, coin-operated or otherwise, located on the premises, by the customers themselves.
No person, firm, partnership, corporation or any other entity, including the agents thereof, shall operate, conduct or carry on the business defined herein as self-service laundromat unless the proprietor or some other responsible person in charge of the premises is in attendance and on duty at all times between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. The time within the meaning of this article shall be prevailing time.
[Amended 6-13-1984 by Ord. No. 5-9-84F]
Any person violating the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Municipal Court. Each succeeding violation shall be construed to be a new violation of this article.
[Adopted 6-13-1984 by Ord. No. 5-9-84E (Ch. 138, Art. II, of the 1984 Code)]
The purpose of this article is to protect and preserve the public health, safety and general well-being of the citizens of the Borough of Haledon by requiring certain minimum sanitary standards in the operation of self-service laundries in the Borough.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The Council of the Borough of Haledon.
- ENFORCING OFFICIAL
- The duly qualified individual approved by the Council for the enforcement of this article, or such other qualified person or persons as the Council may appoint.
- Any individual, individuals, corporation, association, organization, firm or partnership, or any agent, employee or representative thereof.
- SELF-SERVICE LAUNDRY
- Includes a recognized place of business conducted for the purpose of washing, cleaning, drying and laundering clothes or other washable materials that may be brought to said establishment or place of business and wherein the work is done in machines, coin-operated or otherwise, located on the premises, by the customers themselves or by or under the supervision of the owners or operators of said establishment or place of business for said customers, and includes laundromats, washomats, dryomats and similar types of establishments under which laundering of the self-service type is carried on.
- Standard time, as described in N.J.S.A. 1:1-2.3 or any amendment or supplement thereto.
Throughout this article the singular shall include the plural and the neuter shall include the masculine and feminine, and vice versa, unless the context of this article indicates otherwise.
The owner or operator shall maintain the entire premises devoted to the operation of any business regulated by this article, and all machines used in connection therewith, in a clean and sanitary condition. The floors shall be kept clean and dry. The premises shall be adequately ventilated and provided with sufficient natural or artificial light. The walls of such premises shall be coated with nonabsorbent paint, cement or other impervious material. All plumbing work shall at all times conform to the provisions of the uniform construction codes and be kept in a sanitary condition and state of repair.
The owner or operator shall be responsible for seeing that machines used for washing or laundering in laundries and launderettes shall be thoroughly clean before any clothes or other materials are placed therein for cleaning. Separate hot-water facilities sufficient in size and capacity to deliver water to each machine at 160° F. at all times during the cleaning process shall be provided.
All machines used in any laundry or launderette shall be mounted and cushioned so as to prevent unreasonable noises and vibration to the detriment of the neighbors in the immediate vicinity of the premises.
In all laundries and launderettes, the owner or the operator thereof shall provide suitable first-aid fire protection in accordance with the standards for portable fire extinguishers (NBFU No. 10) and any other standards established by law. There shall be no spotting operations using flammable liquids, and no flammable liquids or solids of any kind shall be used or stored on the premises.
After the close of each day's work, the owner or operator of a launderette shall remove all lint and refuse from all traps, which lint and refuse shall be deposited in metal trash cans with covers and removed from the premises for disposal. At all other times, trap covers shall be kept securely in place.
Flammable liquids shall not be used for cleaning the floors of the premises. At all times when the premises are in operation, there shall be an attendant present for the proper maintenance and supervision of the premises and machinery and for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the public.
No automatic self-service business of the type regulated by this article shall be permitted to be open for business unless the area of the premises where the washing, drying, cleaning or dyeing is done shall be unobscured and clearly visible from the street to all enforcement agencies and patrolling police vehicles.
The owner or operator of a launderette establishment shall be responsible for maintaining good order among the patrons of such establishment and shall be responsible for any disorder which may be attributable to the lack of a supervising attendant or employee on the business area during the hours of operation.
Where the enforcing officer or his duly authorized agent or the Council finds that a laundry establishment is being operated or maintained in violation of the provisions of this article or any other ordinance of the municipality so as to constitute a nuisance, the enforcing officer shall notify the owner or operator of said premises to abate the nuisance. Such notice shall be in writing and shall specify a time within which such nuisance shall be abated. If the owner or operator shall not comply with said notice within the time so specified, the Council may proceed to abate or remove the nuisance, the cost of which shall be recoverable by the Council from the owner or operator of said establishment.
Where the enforcing officer finds that the continued operation of such business while a violation exists constitutes a distinct and immediate hazard to the public health or safety, the enforcing officer is authorized to prohibit the owner of the premises or the operator of the establishment, or both, from operating or permitting the operation of such business until such time as the violation is corrected and the nuisance is abated.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any self-service laundry in the Borough of Haledon without having obtained an annual license from the Council. The application for such license shall be on forms provided by the Council.
The annual license fee for the full year or any portion thereof shall be at the rate of $100 plus $10 per washing machine per year. All licenses shall expire on December 31 of the year in which they are issued.
Any license granted hereunder may be suspended or revoked at any time by the Council upon conviction of the holder thereof of a violation of any provisions of this article.
Any person violating or failing to comply with any provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not less than $5 nor more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both, for each offense.
Each violation of any of the provisions of this article and each day the same is violated shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct offense.