Township of Bloomfield, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Bloomfield Council 12-21-1987[1] (Ch. 181 of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 497.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also superseded former Ch. 181, Newsracks, adopted 6-1-1987.
Newspaper vending machines, hereinafter referred to as "newsracks," may be maintained in the Township of Bloomfield subject to the following.
No person, firm or corporation shall install, use or maintain any newsrack which projects onto, into or over any part of the roadway of any public street or which rests, wholly or in part, upon any portion of a roadway.
A. 
No person shall install, use or maintain any newsrack which, in whole or part, rests upon, in or over any sidewalk when such installation, use or maintenance endangers the safety of persons or property.
B. 
Any newsrack which, in whole or in part, rests upon, in or over any sidewalk shall comply with the following standards:
(1) 
No newsracks shall exceed five feet in height, 30 inches in width or two feet in depth.
(2) 
Newsracks which are placed near a curb or adjacent to the wall of a building.
(a) 
Newsracks placed adjacent to the wall of a building shall be placed parallel to such wall and not more than six inches from the wall.
(b) 
Newsracks placed near the curb shall be placed no less than six inches from the edge of the curb.
(3) 
Newsracks may be chained or otherwise attached to one another; however, no more than three newsracks may be joined together in this manner, and a space of no less than 18 inches shall separate each group of three newsracks so attached.
(4) 
No newsrack or group of attached newsracks allowed under Subsection B(3) hereof shall weigh, in the aggregate, in excess of 125 pounds when empty.
(5) 
No newsrack shall be placed, installed, used or maintained:
(a) 
Within three feet of any marked crosswalk.
(b) 
Within 15 feet of the curb return of any unmarked crosswalk.
(c) 
Within three feet of any fire hydrant, fire call box, police call box or other emergency facility.
(d) 
Within three feet of any driveway.
(e) 
Within 10 feet to the rear of any sign or other demarcation marking the beginning of a designated bus stop.
(f) 
Within three feet of any bus bench, except where such bench is within a bus shelter, in which event this restriction shall not apply, provided that the newsrack is not placed within such bus shelter.
(g) 
Within three feet of any display window of any building abutting the sidewalk or parkway or in such manner as to impede or interfere with the reasonable use of such window for display purposes.
(h) 
Within or upon any public right-of-way in a residential zone, as shown and designated on the Zoning Map of the Township of Bloomfield.
[Added 12-19-1988]
(6) 
No newsrack shall be used for advertising signs or publicity purposes other than that dealing with the display, sale or purchase of the newspaper or news periodicals sold therein.
(7) 
Each newsrack shall be maintained in a clean, neat condition and in good repair at all times.
Every person who places or maintains a newsrack on the streets of the Township of Bloomfield shall have his name, address and telephone number affixed thereto in a place where such information may be easily seen.
[Amended 12-1-2003 by Ord. No. 03-47; 11-21-2011 by Ord. No. 11-51]
Any person, firm or corporation owning a news rack in the Township of Bloomfield shall, within 15 days after beginning said maintenance, register his name, address and phone number and the location(s) of the news rack(s) maintained in the Township and shall pay, effective January 1, 2012, an annual fee of $50 for one and $25 for each additional rack to defray the costs to the Township for registration and inspection of said racks. For every subsequent year, the owner shall pay the annual fee as aforesaid by January 10 of that year. The owner shall at all times promptly notify the Township Clerk of any changes in the registration information.
Any newsrack maintained in the Township which creates a hazard to pedestrians or obstructs traffic or interferes with the response to an emergency situation by a public officer, firefighter, ambulance corps or medic may be summarily relocated by a public officer of the Township to the nearest location not presenting said hazard. Any such relocation shall be reported as soon as reasonably possible to the Township Clerk, who shall thereafter notify the registered owner of the newsrack as soon as possible of the new location. The owner may thereafter relocate the newsrack to any location not presenting a hazard and otherwise comply with the terms of this chapter.
A. 
If any newspaper distribution box is determined to violate any of the provisions of this chapter, then a notice of violation shall be sent to the person designated to receive notices in the registration form.
B. 
The notice shall state the specific provisions of this chapter which have not been adhered to and notify the owner that the box must either be removed or brought into compliance with the specified provisions of this chapter within seven business days. If the owner elects to cure the specified violation or violations within said time period, then the owner shall take all necessary curative actions prior to the expiration of said time period.
C. 
Upon request, the official issuing a notice of violation shall meet with the recipient of such notice to discuss the basis for the determination that a violation exists and any proposed means of eliminating any violations. A request for such a meeting shall not toll the time for correcting or eliminating any violation, unless the official is unavailable for a meeting at any reasonable time within three business days following the receipt of a request. Following any such meeting, the official issuing the notice of violation may rescind the notice if he determines that there was no violation. The official may also grant an extension of up to one week for the correction of any violation upon request and a showing of good cause.
[Amended 5-5-2008 by Ord. No. 08-18]
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter, after having been served with a notice of violation and having failed to correct or eliminate said violation or violations in accordance with § 374-7, shall be subject to a fine of not less than $50 and not more than as provided in § 1-15 of this Code. Each violation of a separate section of this chapter and each violation by a different newspaper distribution box shall constitute a separate offense.