[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Cedar Grove 8-22-1966 by Ord. No. 66-16, Ch. 7, Art. 6, of the former Revised Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention — See Ch 137.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 197.
Zoning — See Ch 268.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A series of attached sleeping units with entrances to each such sleeping unit from a center or interior hall and containing not less than 100 such sleeping units, with each sleeping unit containing a bathroom and closet space, and constructed on not less than six acres of land and providing for dining facilities, as well as public meeting rooms.
- OWNER or OPERATOR
- The owner, manager, tenant or any person owning or in charge of the motel and shall include natural persons, firms or corporations.
- Person, persons, partnerships, firms, company, corporation, tenant, owner, lessee, licensee or their agents.
- SLEEPING UNIT
- A room or suite of rooms in a motel occupied or designed for living or sleeping purposes and containing closet space and a bathroom.
It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, operate or maintain or permit to be established, operated or maintained, upon any property owned or controlled by him, a motel within the limits of the Township of Cedar Grove, without having first secured a license therefor from the Township Clerk. Such license shall be for a period of one year, commencing on January 1 and terminating on December 31 of said year, and shall be renewable for additional periods of one year. Licenses shall not be transferable from one person to another.
The application for such license or the renewal thereof shall be filed with the Clerk of the Township and shall be accompanied by a fee of $5 for each unit. The application for license or renewal thereof shall be made on printed forms furnished by the Clerk of the Township and shall include the name and address of the owner of the motel, the legal description of the premises upon which the motel is or will be located as will readily identify and locate the premises, the number of units and the experience of the owner or manager in the motel business.
The Township Clerk is authorized to issue a license after the license has been approved by the Township Council.
No license shall be issued to any person who has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude nor shall any license be issued to any corporation in which any stockholder holding 5% or more of the stock thereof, or in which any director or officer, shall have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude. No licensee shall employ in or about the licensed premises any person convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude within a period of five years from the date of conviction.
In every motel there shall be set aside a portion of the building for an office for the person in charge of said motel. A copy of the motel license and of this chapter shall be posted therein, and the motel register shall at all times be kept in said office.
It is hereby made the duty of the attendant or person in charge, together with the licensee, to:
Keep at all times a register of all guests, which shall be open at all times to inspection by state and federal officers and officers of the Township of Cedar Grove, showing for all guests:
Maintain the motel in a clean, orderly and sanitary condition at all times.
See that the provisions of this chapter are complied with and enforced and report promptly to the proper authorities any violations of this chapter or any other violations of law which may come to his attention.
Report to the Health Inspector all cases of persons or animals affected or suspected of being affected with any communicable disease.
Maintain in convenient places, approved by the Fire Department, hand fire extinguishers in good operating condition in the ratio of one to each 10 sleeping units.
Prohibit the use of any sleeping unit by a number of occupants greater than that which is authorized by the Fire Prevention Bureau.
The Health Inspector shall inspect all motels as often as shall be necessary and in any event not less than once every four months in each calendar year. If after such inspection it is found by the Health Inspector that the motel is being conducted in an unclean or unsanitary manner or in violation of this chapter or any other ordinance of the Township, the Health Inspector shall report such conditions to the Township Manager who shall thereupon notify the owner or operator of said motel of such condition and that such owner or operator shall have five days from the date of the receipt of notice from the Manager to remedy such condition; and, if after the said five-day period the owner or operator fails to remedy such condition, the Township Manager shall report such facts to the Council which, after public hearing, shall have the power to cancel the said license.
Each motel unit shall have a complete bathroom, including flush toilet, sink and bath or shower. Floors of bathrooms shall be constructed of concrete tile or similar materials which are impervious to water. Each bathroom shall be provided with an adequate supply of hot and cold running water, soap, individual towels and toilet paper at all times.
It shall be unlawful for any owner or operator of a motel to charge a price greater than the motel's accommodation price as displayed within the sleeping units.
It shall be unlawful for any owner or operator of a motel to post or allow to remain posted, on any outdoor advertising sign, rates for accommodations in such motel.