City of Clifton, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the City of Clifton 12-20-1960 by Ord. No. 3319 as Article 8 of Chapter 18 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Clifton, New Jersey, 1960. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Compost, mulch and topsoil — See Ch. 196.
Littering — See Ch. 307.
Trees and shrubbery — See Ch. 433.
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Editor's Note: The title of this chapter was changed from "Brush, Weeds and Debris" to "Brush, Weeds, Uncut Grass and Debris" pursuant to Ord. No. 5982-98, adopted 7-21-1998.

§ 175-1 Legislative declaration.

[Amended 7-21-1998 by Ord. No. 5982-98]
It has become necessary and expedient for the preservation of the health, safety and general welfare of the inhabitants of the City that all brush, weeds, uncut grass, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris be cut and/or removed from all lands lying within the limits of the City.

§ 175-2 Responsibility of owner and tenant(s) in possession thereof.

[Amended 7-21-1998 by Ord. No. 5982-98]
All brush, weeds, uncut grass, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris shall be cut and/or removed from all lands lying within the limits of the City by the owner thereof or by the tenant or tenants in possession thereof.

§ 175-3 Construction sites.

[Added 11-1-1988 by Ord. No. 5307-88]
It shall be unlawful for any owner, agent or contractor in charge of a construction or demolition site to permit the accumulation of litter before, during or after completion of any construction or demolition project. It shall be the duty of the owner, agent or contractor in charge of a construction site to furnish containers adequate to accommodate flyable or nonflyable debris or trash at areas convenient to construction areas and to maintain and empty the receptacles in such a manner and with such a frequency as to prevent spillage of refuse.

§ 175-4 Notice to remove.

[Amended 7-21-1998 by Ord. No. 5982-98]
Wherever brush, weeds, uncut grass and/or obnoxious growths exceed six inches in height, or dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris are not removed, the City Engineer shall cause 10 days' notice to be given to the owner and to the tenant of such land by registered or certified mail to their last known addresses, to cut and/or remove the same at or before the expiration of the ten-day period. "Weeds" shall be defined as all grass, annual plants and vegetation other than trees or shrubs; provided, however, that this term shall not apply to cultivated flowers and gardens.

§ 175-5 Failure to comply.

[Amended 7-21-1998 by Ord. No. 5982-98]
In cases where the owner or tenant shall have neglected or refused to remove the brush, weeds, uncut grass, dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris in the manner and within the time provided in the City Engineer's notice referred to in § 175-4 hereof, the City Engineer shall remove or, under his direction, cause to be removed, the same. The City Engineer shall certify the costs thereof to the Council. Upon receipt of the certificate, the Council shall examine the same and, if found correct, shall cause the costs as shown thereon to be charged against said lands. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands. Such amount shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.

§ 175-6 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 5-9-1969 by Ord. No. 3912; 3-17-1970 by Ord. No. 3969; 6-21-1988 by Ord. No. 5270-88; 7-16-2013 by Ord. No. 7109-13]
A. 
Any person, partnership, firm or corporation who or which violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by one or more of the following:
(1) 
A fine not exceeding $1,250;
(2) 
Confinement in the municipal jail or in the county jail for a period not exceeding 90 days.
B. 
The minimum penalty or fine for the violation of any provision of this chapter shall be $100.
C. 
Each violation of any of the provisions of this chapter and each day same is violated shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct offense.