ARTICLE IBrush, Grass, Weeds and Debris (§ 209-1 — § 209-4)
ARTICLE IIAdoption of Standards (§ 209-5 — § 209-9)
§ 209-1Growth and accumulation prohibited.
§ 209-2Investigation of complaints; order; areas of responsibility.
§ 209-4Violations and penalties.
It shall be unlawful for any owner and/or tenant or person in possession of any lands in the Township of Riverside to permit such lands to be covered with or contain brush, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris and refuse where the same is inimical to the preservation of the public health, safety or general welfare of the people of the Township of Riverside or which may constitute a fire hazard.
Upon complaint of any resident of the Township of Riverside or any officer or employee of the Township of Riverside or upon his own motion, the Building Inspector, Director of Public Safety, Fire Marshal or Health Inspector or his designated agent shall make an investigation of the condition complained of and report thereon, in writing, to the Township Committee. Upon receiving said report, if the condition is found to exist, the Township Committee shall then direct the Director of Public Safety to notify the owner and/or tenant or person in possession of said lands complained of, in writing, either personally or by registered mail, to remove said brush, weeds, dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris and refuse within 10 days after receipt of said notice. The Building Inspector, Director of Public Safety, Fire Marshal or Health Inspector shall reinspect said lands after the ten-day period shall have expired and shall report, in writing, to the Township Committee, whether or not the condition complained of has been abated or remedied.
Every property owner shall be responsible for that portion of the cartway/roadway abutting his/her property line to and including the street gutter for the removal of weeds, trash, debris or other obnoxious growth, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, filth, garbage, trash and refuse that is inimical to the preservation of public health, safety or general welfare of the people of Riverside Township or which may constitute a fire hazard.
In the event that the owner and/or tenant or person in possession shall refuse or neglect to abate or remedy the condition complained of after said ten-day notice, the Township Committee shall cause the condition complained of to be abated and remedied and shall thereafter certify the cost thereof to the Collector of Taxes of the Township of Riverside to be charged against said lands. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.
Any person, which shall include corporations, associations and other types of organizations, violating any of the provisions of this Article shall, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. This section shall be in addition to the remedy provided for in § 209-3 of this Article and shall be in addition to such other remedies as are provided for by Chapter 71 of the Laws of 1943 of the State of New Jersey (N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.13 et seq.).
§ 209-5Declaration of findings.
§ 209-6Standards adopted.
§ 209-7Amendments to standards.
§ 209-8Designation of Code Official.
§ 209-9File copies.
The Township Committee hereby makes the following declarations:
N.J.S.A. 40:49-5.1 provides that any municipality may enact ordinances establishing rules and regulations affecting the construction, reconstruction or repair of buildings by reference to such rules and regulations in any such ordinance, and without the inclusion of the text thereof therein, if the rules and regulations to be adopted are printed or otherwise reproduced in a book form as a code or as part of a code of such rules and regulations, provided that a copy of such printed codes so marked as to indicate portions thereof, if less than whole, is intended to be adopted and is annexed to such ordinance and that three copies of said code have been placed on file in the office of the Municipal Clerk.
The Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) International, Inc., have prepared a model code setting forth suggested rules and regulations with respect to the care and maintenance of existing structures in a municipality, said code being known as "The BOCA National Property Maintenance Code, Fifth Edition, 1996."
The Township Administrator and the Township Committee have reviewed said code and recommend that portions of said code be adopted for the purposes of providing for the care and maintenance of existing structures in the Township of Riverside.
The Township Committee has reviewed said code and believes that it would be in the best interest of the Township of Riverside to adopt portions of said code.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:49-5.1, the Committee hereby adopts the Fifth Edition of the BOCA National Property Maintenance Code/1996, except for the following sections:
Section PM-108.0 Unsafe structures and equipment.
Section PM-109.0 Emergency measures.
Section PM-110.0 Demolition.
Section PM-111.0 Means of appeal.
Section PM-303.3 Sidewalks and driveways.
Section PM-303.8 Motor vehicles.
Section PM-306 Rubbish and garbage.
Section PM-307.3 Single occupant.
Section PM-307.5 Occupant.
Section PM-606 Elevators, escalators and dumbwaiters.
Section PM-706.1 Elevator recall.
The Township Committee hereby amends various sections of the code as follows:
Section PM-101.1 is amended to insert: "the Township of Riverside."
Section PM-106.2 is amended to insert "$1,000" and "90" days respectively.
Section PM-304.3 Street numbers: the size of the address numbers is amended from three inch requirement to a minimum size of 3.5 inches.
Section PM-304.15 Insect screens is amended to insert the dates of April 15 and October 15 respectively.
Section PM-602.2.1 Heat supply is amended to insert the dates of October 15 and April 15 respectively.
Section PM-602.3 Nonresidential structures is amended to insert the dates of October 15 and April 15, respectively.
Section PM-704.1 General (Fire-resistance) is amended to insert at the end of the last sentence: "from the foundation to the peak of the underside of the roof."
The Township Committee hereby declares that the Code Official referred to throughout the BOCA National Property Maintenance Code/1996 shall be the Code Enforcement Officer or the designee of the Township Committee.
The Township Committee hereby directs the Township Clerk to keep on file three copies of the BOCA National Property Maintenance Code/1996 in the office of the Township Clerk and that a copy of the aforementioned code is to be annexed to this Article, indicating which sections are to be adopted and have been amended.