Township of Harmony, NJ
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Harmony as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Driveways — See Ch. 81.
Site plan review — See Ch. 137.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 148.
Zoning — See Ch. 165.
Street ordinances — See Ch. A191.
[Adopted 12-2-1980 by Ord. No. 0:80-14]

§ 145-1 Definitions.

Terms used in this chapter shall have, for the purposes of this chapter, the meanings given them in Chapter 137, Site Plan Review, and Chapter 148, Subdivision of Land.

§ 145-2 Improvement standards.

A. 
All streets and roads for public use in the Township of Harmony shall conform to the requirements of Chapter 148, Subdivision of Land, except that the improvement of existing roadways under the provisions of Chapter 148 may be modified by the governing body upon recommendation of the Township Engineer.
B. 
All roadways shall have as a minimum the following cross-section characteristics:
(1) 
Crown:
(a) 
Widths 36 feet and less: seven inches parabolic.
(b) 
Widths more than 36 feet shall have 2% crossfall, except four feet adjacent to the curb, which shall have 4% crossfall.
(2) 
Curb: seven inches exposed face.
(3) 
Sidewalk area: slope of 1/4 inch per foot rising from the curb to the right-of-way line, whether sidewalks are or are not installed.
(4) 
Side slopes: beginning at right-of-way line, desirable maximum: four to one (4:1); absolute maximum: two to one (2:1) only with the approval of Township Engineer due to exceptional conditions.
(5) 
Rock cuts: as determined by engineering analysis.

§ 145-3 Construction materials.

[Amended 8-7-1990 by Ord. No. 0:90-15]
All construction materials shall conform to the New Jersey State Department of Transportation Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, 1983, as amended and supplemented or superseded by a later edition.

§ 145-4 Roadway pavements.

[Amended 8-7-1990 by Ord. No. 0:90-15]
Roadway pavements shall be constructed of the following materials:
Class of Roadway
Bituminous Concrete Surface Course Mix I-5
(inches)
Bituminous Stabilized Mix I-3
(inches)
Dense Graded Aggregate Base Course
(inches)
Base Course
(inches)
Width
(feet)
Major collector
1 1/2
1 1/2
5
4
48
Minor collector
1 1/2
1 1/2
5
4
36
Local, Class I
2
5
2
30
Local, Class II
2
4
2
26

§ 145-5 Curb specifications.

Curbing shall be constructed on all roads and shall be either concrete or granite block, at the discretion of the Township Committee.

§ 145-6 Street, road and parking area specifications.

A. 
All streets, roads and parking areas constructed for multifamily, commercial, business or industrial use shall be paved and curbed. The pavement shall consist of four inches of bituminous stabilized base course and two inches of pavement Type FABC-1.
B. 
Curbing shall comply with § 145-5 herein, except that the decision as to materials shall rest with the applicant. The materials shall conform to § 145-3 herein.
[Adopted 12-4-2001 by Ord. No. 01-12]

§ 145-7 Responsibility of owner for maintenance.

Maintenance at expense of owner. All sidewalks in said Township shall be well and sufficiently constructed, repaved and maintained under the supervision of the Municipal Engineer, at the expense of the person or persons in front of or along whose lot or lots of ground such paving may be required to be done.

§ 145-8 Construction specifications.

A. 
Uniform width. The sidewalks of all streets or highways of the Township now or hereafter laid out shall be uniformly paved the width and manner ordered by resolution of the Township Committee or, if no such resolution has been adopted, the full width thereof as ordained in the manner and of materials hereinafter specified.
B. 
Sidewalks shall be constructed in conformance with the following specifications. Sidewalks shall be required along both sides of all newly constructed streets within the interior of a proposed subdivision and along one side of the entire frontage of a subdivision on an existing public street, and shall be constructed in accordance with the following standards: sidewalks shall be at least five feet in width and four inches thick, constructed of one course of concrete, except that a sidewalk forming part of a driveway apron shall be at least six inches thick at grade with abutting sidewalks and of the same construction material as the abutting sidewalk and shall be constructed in accordance with the current prevailing standards of the New Jersey Department of Transportation Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, dated 1983, as amended. Such construction standards shall include the following: the subgrade shall be properly prepared and compacted, if disturbed, or upon an undisturbed suitable subbase, upon which shall be installed a four-inch compacted thickness, three-quarter-inch clean crushed stone base.
C. 
New construction.
(1) 
At the time of the new construction, sidewalks must be constructed in accordance with this section prior to a certificate of occupancy being issued.
(2) 
The Township Committee may waive the requirement of Subsection C(1) if either of the following two conditions exists:
(a) 
No sidewalks or curbs are installed within 200 feet on either side of the property currently under construction.
(b) 
The Municipal Engineer certifies that the existing conditions prohibit the required improvements from being made in a safe fashion.
D. 
Notice of required improvements; work done by Township; assessment of costs.
(1) 
The Township Committee may by ordinance provide for the construction and reconstruction, paving and repaving, repairing and improving of the sidewalks of the streets and highways at the cost of the owner or owners of the real estate in front of which the improvement is made.
(2) 
Before making such improvement, the Township Committee shall cause a notice of the proposed improvement to be given to the owner or owners of all real estate affected thereby. Said notice shall contain a description of the improvement and a statement that unless the owner or owners complete the same within 30 days after service thereof, the Township will make the improvement at the expense of the owners.
(3) 
If the owner of any real estate affected by such improvement after passage of ordinance and notice given as in Subsection D(2) above shall fail to make such improvement, the Township may cause the improvement to be made under supervision of the Municipal Engineer, who shall keep an accurate account of the cost thereof and shall assess such cost upon the several properties fronting on the improvement in proportion to the respective frontage thereof, and file a report thereof with the Municipal Clerk. The Township Committee shall examine such report and, if properly made, confirm and file it with the officer charged with the collection of assessments, who shall record the same in the book in which other assessments of the Township are recorded. Before confirming the report, the Township Committee shall give notice to the owner or owners of the time and place fixed for examination of the report.

§ 145-9 Snow and ice removal.

A. 
Snow and ice to be removed. The owner and/or tenant of lands abutting or bordering upon the sidewalks or walking area of public streets and highways of the Township of Harmony shall remove all snow and ice from the sidewalks, driving aprons or walking areas for a minimum width of three feet within 24 hours after the same shall fall or be formed thereon.
B. 
Placing snow in street forbidden. Snow and ice so removed by the owner and/or tenant shall at no time be placed in the street abutting the sidewalks or walking area.
C. 
Violations and penalties. For any and every violation of the provisions of this section, the owner and/or tenant shall be subject to the following penalties.

§ 145-10 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Penalties.
[Amended 6-6-2002 by Ord. No. 02-5]
(1) 
For a violation of any provision of this article, one or more of the following penalties may be imposed:
(a) 
Imprisonment in the County Correctional Facility (or in any place provided by the Township for the detention of prisoners) for a term not exceeding 90 days; or
(b) 
By a fine not exceeding $1,250; or
(c) 
By a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
(2) 
For the violation of this article, a minimum penalty shall be imposed, which shall consist of a fine in an amount not exceeding $100. A court before which any person is convicted of violating any ordinance shall have the power to impose any fine, term of imprisonment, or period of community service not less than the minimum and not exceeding the maximum fixed in this article.
(3) 
A person convicted of violating this article within one year of the date of a previous violation of the same article, and who was fined for the previous violation, shall be sentenced by the court to an additional fine as a repeat offender. The additional fine imposed by the court upon a person for a repeated offense shall not be less than the minimum or exceed the maximum fine fixed for a violation of the article, but shall be calculated separately from the fine imposed for the violation of the article.
(4) 
Any person convicted of the violation of the article may, in the discretion of the court by which he was convicted, and in default of the payment of any fine imposed therefor, be imprisoned in the County Correctional Facility (or a place of detention provided by the Township) for a term not exceeding 90 days, or be required to perform community services for a period not exceeding 90 days.
B. 
Separate violations. Except as otherwise provided, every day in which a violation of any provision of this article exists shall constitute a separate violation.
C. 
Application. The maximum penalty stated in this section is not intended to state an appropriate penalty for every violation. Any lesser penalty, including a nominal penalty or no penalty at all, may be appropriate for a particular case or violation.