[1976 Code § 8-1]
The City under authority of NJ.S.A. Sections 40:74-1 and 40:67-1 et seq., and other laws applicable thereto, hereby declares that because of the flatness of the terrain within the City and because of the low elevation above sea level, it is necessary to make provision for adequate and proper drainage throughout the City. To provide such adequate and proper drainage it is required to establish elevations for each lot or parcel of land and each street to create the necessary grades to accomplish drainage.
[1976 Code § 8-2; Ord. No. 1431 § XCVIII]
The Municipal Engineer, under the direction and authority of the Mayor, shall determine and establish elevations and grades as are deemed necessary to protect the welfare and health of the public by providing gradients to allow the satisfactory flow of flood or storm waters away from such parcels of land, lots or streets to an outflow to be determined for each location.
[1976 Code § 8-3]
It is required that all parcels of land or lots which are of an elevation making proper drainage impossible or impractical shall be filled to the proper grade to make such drainage possible. No house, building or other structure shall be constructed on any lot until the required grade has been established and approved by the Municipal Engineer.
All owners of lots that are required to be filled according to this chapter shall fill such lots to grades established by the Municipal Engineer when requested by the City within 45 days after such notice has been mailed or delivered, whichever is later.
If the lot owner shall fail to fill the lots as required within the forty-five-day period referred to in the preceding paragraph, the City shall then have the right to fill the lots. If the City exercises this right to fill the lots, then the actual work shall be certified by the Municipal Engineer and on receipt by the Tax Collector shall be assessed against the property and become a lien on the property and enforced and collected as in the case of other taxes.