Township of Rochelle Park, NJ
Bergen County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Rochelle Park 8-3-1964 by Ord. No. 255. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Excavations in streets — See Ch. 97.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 161.
[Amended 1-25-1995 by Ord. No. 686[1]; 2-17-2016 by Ord. No. 1095-16]
A. 
There is hereby created the office of Superintendent of the Department of Public Works of the Township of Rochelle Park, County of Bergen and State of New Jersey.
B. 
The Superintendent of the Department of Public Works shall be appointed by the Township Committee and shall, at all times, serve at the pleasure of the Township Committee.
C. 
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 48:9-154:6, tenure in said office is hereby authorized upon completion of five years in the position; provided, however, that the Township Committee adopts a resolution upon completion of five years of service authorizing and granting tenure in the position.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the tenure of the present Superintendent of Public Works, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:9-154.6.
The Superintendent appointed pursuant hereto shall supervise the operation of the sewer pumping station and attend to the care and operation of same and perform such other duties and such other work in connection with the Department of Public Works of the Township of Rochelle Park as the Township Committee may from time to time direct by resolution.
[Amended 5-5-1986 by Ord. No. 519]
The Superintendent of the Department of Public Works shall supervise the erection and construction of all new roads, the repair and alteration of existing roads and the removal of snow from said roads, have charge of any and all street openings, be in charge of cleaning said roads and all appurtenances thereto, such as storm drains and sanitary sewer lines, and perform such other duties and do such other work in connection with the roads as the Township Committee may from time to time direct.
[Added 2-20-1990 by Ord. No. 583]
A. 
There is hereby established within the Department of Public Works a Division of Recycling under the direction of the Recycling Coordinator.
B. 
The Recycling Coordinator shall be under the supervision and authority of the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works and shall have the following duties:
(1) 
Establish, perform and publicize educational programs in furtherance of the township's anti-littering and recycling efforts.
(2) 
Coordinate various industrial, business, civil and volunteer organizations to aid in the township's anti-littering and recycling efforts.
(3) 
Act as liaison between the township and state and county anti-littering and recycling programs.
(4) 
Recommend to the Township Committee the adoption of resolutions and ordinances, as appropriate, to carry out the township's anti-littering and recycling efforts.
(5) 
Encourage and cooperate with all local voluntary and state and county anti-littering and recycling programs to focus public attention on the township's anti-litter and recycling programs.
(6) 
Investigate and report to the Township Committee on the availability of funds from any private or public sources to be used in the township's anti-littering and recycling efforts.
(7) 
Upon the approval or at the direction of the Township Committee, apply for funds from any private or public sources to be used in the township's anti-littering or recycling efforts.
(8) 
Investigate and report to the Township Committee any successful methods of anti-littering, litter pickup and removal or recycling programs in other municipalities and in other states and evaluate their possible incorporation into the township's anti-littering and recycling efforts.
(9) 
Identify and investigate and report to the Township Committee all potential locations and markets for the disposal or sale of recyclables, including leaf disposal.
(10) 
Subject to the approval of the Township Committee, assist the Township Attorney in the negotiation of contracts for the disposal or sale of recyclables, including leaf disposal.
(11) 
Compile, prepare and submit recycling tonnage reports to the New Jersey Office of Recycling in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Environmental Protection therefor and to the Bergen County Utilities Authority.
(12) 
Pursuant to § 112-15D of the Rochelle Park Code, prepare an annual registration form and semiannual recycling collection forms for use by the owners, lessees and/or occupants of all commercial and/or industrial property in the township and compile and maintain said forms.
(13) 
Receive and handle complaints and inquiries from the public respecting the anti-littering and recycling efforts and report thereon to the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works.
(14) 
Perform such other duties as may be required by law or from time to time prescribed by the Township Committee.
[Added 3-19-1990 by Ord. No. 585]
A. 
There is hereby established within the Department of Public Works a Division of Shade Trees under the direction of the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works.
B. 
Subject to regulations adopted by the Township Committee, the Superintendent of public Works shall be responsible for the care, maintenance, planting and removal of shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery now located or which may hereafter be planted in any public street, park or public place within the Township of Rochelle Park, other than that which is within the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Department of Transportation or the County of Bergen.
C. 
In the event that a residential property owner believes that a tree located within the municipal right-of-way should be removed or trimmed (only diseased, trees that are not viable or dead trees, trees trimmed by utility companies that are not viable and trees that extend beyond the curb line will be removed) the residential property owner shall file a formal notice/complaint with the Department of Public Works Superintendent on the form available in the office of the Township Clerk. Said form shall be sent to the office of the Township Clerk who shall forward the same to the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works .
[Added 7-22-2020 by Ord. No. 1169-20]
D. 
The Department of Public Works Superintendent shall consult with the Township's arborist in order to determine the best course of action with regard to the tree in question. If the recommendation is for the tree to be removed, the municipality shall arrange to remove the tree in question between the months of April and October, subject to availability of funds. The resident to the abutting property shall be notified at least one week prior to the work being performed.
[Added 7-22-2020 by Ord. No. 1169-20]
E. 
The property owner will be consulted with regard to a replacement tree and if the property owner desires a new tree be planted, the municipality will arrange to do so, subject to the availability of funds and subject to the following conditions:
[Added 7-22-2020 by Ord. No. 1169-20]
(1) 
A "tree planting list" will be maintained by the office of the Township Clerk. All reasonable efforts will be made to replace the tree within three calendar months of its removal;
(2) 
All new trees must be planted within the Township's right-of-way;
(3) 
In the event that the abutting land owner decides that he or she does not wish to have a tree replanted that property owner shall be required to pay the Township a tree replacement fee of $175 per tree which will be placed in a tree replacement fund established by the municipality by a dedication by rider.
F. 
If the written recommendation of the Department of Public Works Superintendent, in consultation with the arborist, does not suggest the removal of the tree, the abutting property owner at his or her own expense may remove the tree and stump upon receipt of a written letter of approval from the Township Administrator. The resident must, thereafter, plant a replacement tree on their property or pay the tree replacement fee of $175 as detailed above.
[Added 7-22-2020 by Ord. No. 1169-20]
G. 
Trimming. If a property owner, the Department of Public Works Superintendent or arborist suggest trimming of branches, a list shall be established by the Township Clerk and the trimming will be addressed in order of receipt of request and exigency of trimming.
[Added 7-22-2020 by Ord. No. 1169-20]