Township of Chester, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Chester 12-13-1984 by Ord. No. 2:13M-84; amended its entirety 9-7-2004. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Land use — See Ch. 113.
Public health nuisances — See Ch. 188.

§ 124-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
NUISANCE
A condition such as, but not limited to the keeping of on, over or within the premises of junk, trash, debris or scrap lumber, objects or equipment such as unregistered and/or inoperative motor vehicles, motor vehicle parts, trailers, machinery, furniture, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, other major appliances, cans or containers (other than standard garbage cans), the maintaining, keeping or allowing to be kept of any compost pile which is of such a nature as to spread or harbor disease, or attract rodents, vermin or other disease-carrying pests, animals or insects, or the maintaining, keeping or allowing to be kept upon any premise, refuse, garbage, septic or other deleterious material, unless such material is contained in containers or vessels which inhibit access to humans, flies, insects, rodents and animals. However, this definition shall not be deemed to include the keeping of unregistered and/or inoperative motor vehicles in an enclosed building or one unregistered and/or inoperative motor vehicle otherwise so located upon premises as not to be visible from any public place or any surrounding private property.
PREMISES
Real property owned or possessed by private individuals or a corporation, and also property upon which members of the public are invited or allowed, although not subject to the public's domain or control.

§ 124-2 Nuisances prohibited.

No person owning, leasing, occupying or having charge of any premises shall maintain or keep or allow to be kept any nuisance thereon as defined above.

§ 124-3 Failure to abate nuisance; sale of items.

A. 
When any person(s) owning, leasing, occupying or having charge of any premises fails to abate a violation hereunder, the municipality may remove the items in question to a location of its selection, the expenses therefor to be billed to the offending person(s), individually, jointly or severally, which bill will be recoverable in a court of law.
B. 
When one or more items have been removed and placed in storage by the municipality, as provided for herein, said item(s) may be sold by the municipality after an appropriate lapse of time as determined by law. If the proceeds of such sale are insufficient to pay the costs of abatement, the owner(s) of said item(s) shall be liable to the municipality for the balance of the costs, jointly and severally, to be recoverable in a suit of law. If the proceeds are in excess of costs, the balance shall be paid to the owners, or deposited in the Municipal Treasury for their use.

§ 124-4 Enforcement.

The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Chester Township Zoning Officer.

§ 124-5 Violations and penalties.

If any person owning, leasing, occupying or having charge of any premises violates any of the above provisions, that person, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by one or more of the following: a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $1,250, imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days or a period of community service not to exceed 90 days for each offense. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which such violation is permitted to exist.