[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hamilton 10-6-1952 by Ord. No. 149. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any individual, firm, trust, partnership, association or corporation.
- Any movable or portable structure so designed so as to permit occupancy for dwelling or sleeping purposes, and shall also be defined to include tents.
- TRAILER CAMP
- Any plot or tract of land upon which two or more trailers shall be located.
- TRAILER SPACE
- A plot of land within a trailer camp designed for the accommodation of one trailer.
It shall be unlawful for any person to place or permit to be placed any bus, bus body, truck, truck body, trailer van, railroad car, temporary building or movable vehicle on a permanent foundation or piers in said Township of Hamilton.
No bus, bus body, truck, truck body, van, railroad car or tractor-trailer body shall be used or be permitted to be used for dwelling purposes in said Township of Hamilton.
[Amended 7-15-1957 by Ord. No. 196]
No person shall park or permit to be parked any trailer, as herein defined, for dwelling purposes, either temporarily or permanently, upon any street or plot of land within said Township of Hamilton, except in a trailer camp; and no person shall park or permit to be parked any trailer in a trailer camp unless such person obtains a license therefor, with the following exceptions.
The aforesaid subsection shall not apply to the owner of a trailer temporarily living in said trailer and contemplating the building of a home on a plot of land owned by said trailer owner, provided that he secures a building permit and completes his home within six months, and further provided that he complies with all health and safety laws.
No person shall permit or suffer any trailer camp conducted, maintained or managed by him or situated or located upon premises owned by him to be used for immoral purposes, nor permit or suffer the violation thereon or therein of any penal law of this state or ordinance of said Township of Hamilton.
The annual license fee for each trailer camp containing five trailer spaces or less shall be $100; for each additional five trailer spaces or fraction thereof, an additional fee of $25, said fees to be paid in advance, and said license shall expire December 31 next following its issuance.
Application for license to conduct a trailer camp shall be made, in writing, to the Township Committee and shall state the name and address of the owner of the premises and person intending to conduct the same, the exact location and size of the premises, whether or not an adequate water supply is available, the method adopted for the disposal of sewerage, garbage, waste or other offensive matter and such other information as the Committee may require in accordance with the same sanitary conditions as hereinafter set forth. The application for a license shall contain a stipulation and agreement that the record owner of the premises and the applicant or licensee, jointly and severally, shall reimburse the township for any money expended by it in connection with the maintenance, relief or hospitalization of any person or persons domiciled at or residing upon such trailer camp and for any necessary food, clothing, medicines and medical or surgical care furnished to or received by any such person or persons. The granting of the license shall be sufficient consideration for such indemnity agreements.
Such licensee as is authorized and issued under this chapter to conduct a trailer camp shall be required, upon the issuance of such license, to obtain from the Township Clerk a register information card, which shall be required to be completed by him, of such person or persons as shall occupy said trailer camp with trailers, as defined herein. Such register cards shall be filed with the Township Clerk on Monday of each week, of all such persons as shall place on said trailer camp a trailer, as defined under this chapter, during the previous seven days. At such time said licensee of such trailer camp shall also make report to the Township Clerk of persons who have left such trailer camp during said previous seven days, to such report which had been previously reported upon such information card or cards.
It shall also become the duty of such licensee to conduct a trailer camp under this chapter to prohibit any owner or operator of a trailer to be and remain upon the trailer camp of said licensee for a longer period than six days in any calendar year without a license duly issued by the Township Clerk of said Township of Hamilton under this chapter.
Upon receipt of the application accompanied by the fee of $100, the Township Committee or its representative designated for the purpose shall make an inspection and examination of the premises and thereupon determine the suitability of the premises for use as a trailer camp and whether or not such premises might be so used without hazard to health, morals or general welfare.
Should such permit be granted, the premises and any building situate thereon shall be at all times subject to examination and inspection, by day or night, by proper officers and agents of the Township Committee, special Police and Fire Departments and Board of Health, and should any condition be found to exist in or upon said premises subsequent to the granting of a license, which condition, in the opinion of the Township Committee or any department, board or committee thereof, might create a risk, hazard or be detrimental to private or public health, morals or welfare, the same shall forthwith be remedied and corrected by the owner, applicant or licensee, upon notice.
Notwithstanding the approval by the Township Committee and the granting of a license, the Township Committee may at any time, by written notice to the owner, applicant or licensee, reconsider any action taken with regard to the issuance of the license, and/or should the premises be licensed and thereafter be conducted in a manner injurious to the health, morals or public welfare or should the Township Committee subsequently consider such trailer camp a public hazard or nuisance or the owner or operator permit or suffer the use of the premises for any unlawful purpose, the license to maintain the same may be revoked forthwith.
All camp cars or trailers shall be required to register upon parking in any trailer camp, but no license shall be required for any such camp car or trailer which shall remain not more than six days upon such trailer camp in any calendar year.
Any camp car or trailer which shall remain in any trailer camp for more than six days shall be required to be licensed and pay the fee for the same as hereinafter provided for such camp car or trailer parked in such trailer camp. Such license shall be secured from the Township Clerk, upon application for the same.
The license fees for trailers or camp cars as herein provided shall be $5 a month or any part of a calendar month, said time to start after the first six days' occupancy in any calendar year. Such license shall not be transferable.
Trailer camps shall conform to the following requirements:
The camp shall be located upon a site properly graded and acceptable to the Township Committee as to drainage and health conditions.
Each trailer space provided shall consist of 690 square feet and shall be at least 23 feet wide and clearly defined. Trailers shall be so placed or parked on each trailer space so there shall be at least a fifteen-foot clearance between trailers. No trailer shall be located closer than 20 feet from any property line abutting the trailer camp.
All trailer spaces shall abut upon a driveway not less than 20 feet in width, which shall have access to a public street. All driveways shall be well marked and lighted at night with twenty-five-watt lamps (minimum) at intervals of 100 feet located approximately 10 to 12 feet above the ground.
Each camp shall provide service buildings to house toilet facilities, bathing facilities, laundry facilities and other sanitary facilities as hereinafter more particularly described.
Each trailer space shall be provided with an electrical outlet supplying at least 110 volts.
An adequate supply of pure water for drinking and domestic purposes shall be supplied to meet the requirements of the camp. The water supply shall be obtained from faucets only. Cold-water-supply faucets shall be located on each trailer space. Hot water shall be provided at all times in the service buildings for bathing and laundry facilities.
Each trailer camp shall be provided with toilets, baths or showers, slop sinks and other sanitation facilities which shall conform with the following requirements:
Toilet facilities for men and women shall be either in separate buildings at least 10 feet apart, or if in the same building, shall be separated by a soundproof wall.
Toilet facilities for women shall consist of not less than one flush toilet for every 10 trailer spaces; one shower or bathtub for every 10 trailer spaces; and one lavatory for every 20 trailer spaces. Each toilet, shower or bathtub shall be in a private compartment.
Toilet facilities for men shall consist of not less than one flush toilet for every 15 trailer spaces; one shower or bathtub for every 10 trailer spaces; one lavatory for every 10 trailer spaces; and one urinal for every 15 trailer spaces. Each toilet, shower or bathtub shall be in a private compartment.
Service buildings housing these toilet facilities shall be permanent structures complying with all applicable ordinances and statutes regulating buildings, electrical, plumbing and sanitation systems, and shall be located not closer than 10 feet nor farther than 200 feet from any trailer space.
Each service building shall contain at least one slop sink for each sex and shall be located in a separate compartment.
The service buildings shall be well lighted, shall be well ventilated with screened openings, shall be constructed of such materials as shall permit repeated cleaning and washing, and shall be maintained at a temperature of at least 68º F. during the period from October 1 to May 1. The floors of the service buildings shall be of a water-impervious material and shall slope to a floor drain connected with an approved sewerage system.
Laundry facilities shall be provided in the ratio of one double laundry tub and electric outlet and ironing board for every 20 trailer spaces. Drying spaces shall be provided sufficient to accommodate the laundry of the trailer occupants. The service building housing the laundry facilities shall be a permanent structure complying with all applicable ordinances and statutes regulating buildings, electrical, plumbing and sanitation sewerages and systems.
Sewerage and refuse from showers, bathtubs, toilets, slop sinks and laundries shall be discharged into a sewer system, disposal plant, septic tank or cesspool system of such construction and in such manner as will present no health hazard and in compliance with applicable ordinances and/or statutes. All kitchen sinks, washbasins, bath or shower tubs in any trailer harbored or parked in any trailer camp may empty into a sanitary drain located on the trailer space.
Covered metal garbage cans or refuse incinerators shall be provided to adequately permit disposal or destruction of all garbage and rubbish. The cans or incinerators shall be kept in sanitary condition at all times. Garbage and rubbish not burned or destroyed shall be collected and disposed of at least once each week.
Every trailer camp shall be equipped at all times with one soda-and-acid-type fire extinguisher of five-gallon capacity in good working order for every 10 trailer spaces located not farther than 200 feet from each trailer space. No open fires shall be permitted at any place which would endanger life or property, nor shall any open fire be left unattended at any time.
No owner or person in charge of any dog, cat or other pet animal shall permit it to run at large or to commit any nuisance within the limits of any trailer camp.
The license certificate for the trailer camp shall be conspicuously posted in the office or on the premises of each trailer camp at all times.
The Township Committee may revoke any license to maintain and operate a trailer camp when the licensee has been found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction of violating any provision of this chapter. Such license may be reissued or reinstated only if the circumstances leading to the conviction have been remedied and the camp is being maintained and operated in full compliance with this chapter and other applicable ordinances and/or statutes.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than $200 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Judge before whom such conviction is had.