[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Lacey 5-17-1974 as Ch. 102 of the 1974 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Property maintenance — See Ch. 273.
[Amended 2-14-1991 by Ord. No. 5-91]
No person shall permit land owned or processed by him in this municipality to contain or have upon it any reeds, foxtails or other like vegetative growth more than six (6) inches in height within a distance of two hundred (200) feet of any building, except in the Pinelands Area of the Township where the clearing of more than one thousand five hundred (1,500) square feet of vegetation from any parcel of land shall be prohibited unless the standards of § 335-25 of this Code are met or clearing is required pursuant to § 335-31B(4) of this Code.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes any person, persons, corporation, partnership or firm or other owner of land.
The governing body of this municipality shall cause a list to be made of the several properties in this Township upon which it is apparent that there are violations of the provisions of § 319-1 hereof.
As soon as said list is completed, said governing body shall cause a written notice to be given to the assessed owner and/or to the person in possession, if any, of each property upon which a violation of this chapter is found by said survey. Said notice may be signed by the Mayor, Township Clerk or a police officer of the municipality. Said notice shall state in brief form the nature of the violation and that it must be removed within fifteen (15) days after notice is given. Said notice may be personally served upon said owner or possessor of the property, or both, or it may be mailed to either or both of them by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested. If neither an owner nor possessor of a parcel of land containing a violation of this chapter can be found upon reasonable inquiry, service may be made by posting said notice on the lands and premises in lieu of other services.
[Amended 12-23-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-55]
If the violation is not removed and the lands are not cleared of the reeds, foxtails or other like vegetative growth within the period stated in the notice, the Township of Lacey shall have the right thereafter to go upon the lands and remove the reeds, foxtails or other like vegetative growth and charge the costs thereof to and against the lands and collect the same, together with interest thereon at the delinquent tax interest rate of the Township, at the same times and in the same manner as taxes are collected in this Township.
[Amended 7-11-1996 by Ord. No. 96-36]
Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.), by imprisonment for a term not to exceed ninety (90) days and/or by a period of community service not to exceed ninety (90) days, in the discretion of the Judge. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.