Township of Washington, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington 6-16-1980 by Ord. No. 27-80 (Sec. 6-12 of the Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Geologic hazards — See Ch. 98.
Soil removal — See Ch. 164.
Street openings — See Ch. 172, Art. V.
Zoning — See Ch. 217.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ABANDONED
Deserted, vacated, unused or untended.
OPENING
Includes the terms "hole, pit, excavation, cellar, foundation, trench or other unnatural declivity."
STREET
Includes any private road, street, alley, right-of-way or easement not under the control of Washington Township. (Openings in public roads, streets, easements and rights-of-way are governed by Chapter 172.)
No person shall, within the limits of the Township of Washington, suffer or permit the existence, on any public or private land, of any abandoned or unprotected hole, pit, excavation, foundation, cellar, trench or other unnatural declivity in which stagnant water or debris is retained or which is dangerous to any person, including but not by way of limitation children's being or coming upon said land.
Any person, firm, partnership, utility or corporation or the owner or occupant of any land contracting for or conducting the digging of any opening or hole shall completely cover said opening with a suitable cover capable of sustaining a weight of 500 pounds of pressure for each 10 square feet or a weight of 40,000 pounds if said opening is located in a private street, road, alley or right-of-way unless the same is guarded by a person over the age of 18 or is fenced and lighted in such a manner that children or other persons will be properly restrained and safeguarded from falling into said opening as required by the enforcing authority.
The Chief of Police, the Health Officer, the Code Enforcement Officer or their duly authorized agents shall be responsible for the enforcement of this chapter.
[Amended 10-15-1984 by Ord. No. 25-84]
A. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject, upon conviction, to the penalties provided in § 1-3 of this Code.
[Amended 4-16-2007 by Ord. No. 9-07]
B. 
Each and every day in which a violation of this chapter exists shall constitute a separate violation.