Town of Clinton, NJ
Hunterdon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Clinton 12-14-1971 as Section 6-5 of Ch. VI of the Revised General Ordinances, 1971. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Trees and shrubs — See Ch. 130.
Health nuisances — See Ch. 162.

§ 45-1 Duties of owners and tenants.

It shall be the duty of the owner, tenant or person in possession of any lands in the Town to:
A. 
Keep all brush, hedges or other plant life, excluding trees, growing within 10 feet of any roadway and within 25 feet of the intersection of two roadways cut to a height of not more than three feet where it shall be necessary and expedient for the preservation of public safety.
B. 
Remove all grass, weeds and impediments from the abutting sidewalks and gutters of highways, and also from the portion of any street or highway abutting his lands, within 10 days after notice to remove the same.
[Amended 7-22-2003 by Ord. No. 03-11]
C. 
All grass and weeds wherever located on any lands in the Town of Clinton shall be cut to a height of less than three inches from the ground.
[Added 7-22-2003 by Ord. No. 03-11[1]]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the redesignation of former Subsection C as Subsection D.
D. 
Keep the lands free of brush, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris where the same are inimical to the preservation of public health, safety or general welfare of the Town or which may constitute a fire hazard.
E. 
Comply with the requirements of the Public Health Nuisance Code (1953) and the Weed Control Code of New Jersey (1953), adopted by the Town of Clinton pursuant to Chapters 162 and 181 of the Code of the Town of Clinton, and any amendments to said codes.
[Added 7-22-2003 by Ord. No. 03-11]

§ 45-2 Notice to owner or tenant to remove.

[Amended 12-12-1995 by Ord. No. 95-16; 7-22-2003 by Ord. No. 03-11; 11-24-2009 by Ord. No. 09-19; 9-9-2014 by Ord. No. 14-14]
After an investigation of any complaint of a resident, officer or employee of the Town relative to a violation of this chapter or upon his own motion, the Public Works/Business Administrator or Code Enforcement Official, or a designee, shall notify the owner, tenant or person in possession of the lands in violation. With respect to any height of grass or weeds violation, the Public Works/Business Administrator or Code Enforcement Official, or a designee, shall notify the owner, tenant or person in possession of the lands complained of only if the height of the grass or weeds exceeds eight inches from the ground. Such notice hereunder shall be in writing, delivered either personally or by both first-class and certified mail. If service is made by mail as aforesaid and both the certified and first-class mail are returned by the United States Postal Service as undelivered, the notice may be served by posting the notice at the real property in a conspicuous location. The notice shall inform the recipient that the real property is in violation of this chapter, shall identify the real property by street address and block and lot number, and direct the recipient to remove such grass, impediments, brush, weeds, dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growth, filth, garbage, trash or other debris or cut such overgrown grass and weeds that exceed the height of eight inches from the ground within 10 days after receipt of the notice. The Public Works/Business Administrator or Code Enforcement Official, or a designee, shall reinspect the lands in question after the ten-day period expires and report, in writing, to the Council at its next regular meeting whether the condition complained of has been abated or remedied.

§ 45-3 Removal by Town; lien for costs.

[Amended 12-12-1995 by Ord. No. 95-16; 7-22-2003 by Ord. No. 03-11; 11-24-2009 by Ord. No. 09-19; 9-9-2014 by Ord. No. 14-14]
If the violation is not corrected within 10 days after receipt of notice, the Public Works/Business Administrator or Code Enforcement Official, or a designee, is empowered to enter upon the real property and engage all labor and furnish all materials necessary to correct the violation. The Public Works/Business Administrator or Code Enforcement Official, or a designee, shall certify the cost to the Mayor and the Council, who shall examine the certificate and, if it is correct, cause the cost as shown thereon, together with any penalty assessed pursuant to this chapter, to be charged against the lands. The amount so charged shall become a lien upon the lands and be added to and become a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon the lands, and shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes and be collected and enforced by the same officer and in the same manner as taxes. Costs shall be in addition to any penalties imposed for any violation of this chapter.

§ 45-4 Enforcement; violations and penalties.

[Added 3-26-1985 by Ord. No. 85-4; amended 7-22-2003 by Ord. No. 03-11; 11-24-2009 by Ord. No. 09-19; 9-9-2014 by Ord. No. 14-14]
A. 
Police officers, the Zoning Officer, any authorized representative of the County Board of Health, and the Public Works/Business Administrator or Code Enforcement Official, or a designee, of the Town are authorized to enforce this chapter and issue summonses for the violation thereof.
B. 
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall be subject, upon conviction thereof, to pay a fine or penalty to the Town as follows: for a first offense, the sum of $100 plus court costs; for a second offense, the sum of $300 plus court costs; for a third offense, the sum of $600 plus court costs; for all subsequent offenses, the sum of $1,000 plus court costs. Each day that violations continue shall constitute a separate offense, each day to be measured from the date the notice was received until the date the violation is corrected.