[Adopted 8-5-1976 by Ord. No. 316-76]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.13 et seq., it is hereby found to be necessary and expedient for the preservation of the public health, safety and general welfare and the elimination of fire hazard to remove brush, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris from lands within the Township of Middle under the direction of a properly designated officer of the Township of Middle as more fully set forth in this chapter.
[Amended 4-5-1990 by Ord. No. 720-90]
The Code Enforcement Official of the Township of Middle is hereby designated and appointed as the public officer with the authority and the responsibility to exercise the powers prescribed by this chapter and to direct the removal of the above-described material; provided, however, that the Township Committee may, by resolution, designate or appoint additional persons to exercise the powers prescribed by this chapter.
In every case where the public officer determines that the described material is present upon lands covered by this article, he shall direct a written notice to the owner of such lands to remove the described material within 10 days, and said notice shall further advise said owner that if the material is not removed within the ten-day period, the Township of Middle will proceed to have it removed and assess the cost of removal as a lien upon the lands.
In every case where such notice has been sent and the owner of the described lands has failed to remove the material, the public officer shall proceed to have the material removed and shall certify the cost of removal to the Township Committee. The Township Committee shall examine the certificate and, if found correct, shall cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against said lands. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.