This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the Administrative Code of the Board of Health of the Township of Warren and is herein referred to as the code.
There shall be a president of the board of health who shall preside at all its meetings. The president shall be appointed by the board of health from among its members for a term of one year.
There shall be a secretary of the board of health who shall be responsible to the board and who shall issue all licenses authorized by the board. The secretary shall be appointed by the board for a term of one year.
There shall be a registrar of vital statistics who shall be responsible to the board of health. The registrar of vital statistics shall be appointed by the board of health for a term of three years.
There shall be a health officer of the board of health who shall be responsible to the board of health. The health officer shall hold the necessary license. He shall be appointed by the board of health for a term of one year. The health officer, subject to the superior authority of the board, shall be the general agent of the board for the enforcement of its ordinances and the sanitary laws of the State of New Jersey.
There shall be when appointed by the board, special health reporting officers of the board of health who shall promptly report to the board every violation of health ordinances, rules and regulations which may come within their observation or knowledge. The police and fire officers of the township may be designated special health reporting officers of the board of health.
There shall be a plumbing inspector of the board of health who shall be responsible to the board. The plumbing inspector shall be appointed by the board of health for a term of one year.
The board may employ such other personnel as it may deem necessary, including technicians, inspectors and others necessary to carry out the powers vested in the board by law and by this revision. All such personnel shall, where required, be appropriately licensed.
Whenever the health officer finds that the public safety will not permit delay, he may exercise one or more of the following powers without having to resort to legal proceedings and without the necessity of giving notice or holding any hearing which would otherwise be required under any provision of this revision.
The health officer may prohibit the importation into the township or sale of any food, drink or other item intended for human consumption or use from a source suspected of being infected, contaminated, unsanitary, unhealthy or dangerous.
The health officer may order the seizure and destruction of any food, drink or other item intended for human consumption which is unwholesome or dangerous or likely to cause sickness or injury to the persons who consume it.
The board of health, its agents and employees shall have the right to inspect any premises in the township if they have reason to believe that any provision of this board of health revision is being violated, or as part of a regular program of inspection.
If the owner or occupant of any premises refuses to permit entry for the purpose of inspection, the board of health may apply to the municipal judge for a search warrant. The application shall be based upon an affidavit setting forth that the inspection is part of a regular program of inspection or that conditions and circumstances provide a reasonable basis for believing that a nuisance or unsanitary or unhealthy condition exists on the premises. If the judge is satisfied as to the matters set forth in the affidavit, he shall authorize the issuance of a search warrant permitting access to and inspection of the premises.
The board of health may, by resolution, make rules and regulations which interpret or amplify any provision of this board of health revision or for the purpose of making the provisions of the revision more effective. No regulation, however, shall be inconsistent with, alter or amend any provision of the board of health revision and no regulation shall impose any requirement which is in addition to or greater than the requirements that are expressly or by implication imposed by any provision of this revision.
Pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 26:3-3, two alternate members shall be appointed to the Warren Township Board of Health.
Each alternate member shall be appointed by majority vote of the township committee. Alternate members shall be designated at the time of appointment by the township committee as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2".
The terms of the alternate members shall be for two years, except that the terms of the alternate members first appointed shall be two years for Alternate No. 1 and one year for Alternate No. 2, so that the term of not more than one alternate member shall expire in any one year. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled by the township committee for the unexpired term only.
An alternate member shall not be permitted to act on any matter in which he has either directly or indirectly any personal or financial interest.
An alternate member may, after public hearing if he requests one, be removed by the township committee for cause.
An alternate member may participate in discussions of the proceedings of the Warren Township Board of Health but may not vote except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member. A vote shall not be delayed in order that a regular member vote instead of an alternate member. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote first.