Borough of Alpine, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Alpine as § 6-3 (Ord. No. 210) of the 1970 Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 119.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 169.
Trees and shrubs — See Ch. 205.

§ 76-1 Duties of owners and tenants.

It shall be the duty of any owner and/or tenant or person in possession of any lands in the borough to keep such 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 borough, or which may constitute a fire hazard.

§ 76-2 Removal.

Whenever the Mayor and Council shall deem it necessary and expedient for the preservation of the public health, safety, general welfare, or the elimination of a fire hazard, or upon investigation of a complaint of any resident, officer or employee of the Borough, they may order the owner, tenant or person in possession of any lands on which any grass, weeds, trash, or other debris are found to exist, to remove same within 10 days, or to cause the removal thereof if the order is not complied with.

§ 76-3 Notice to owners or tenants.

After an investigation of any complaint of any resident, officer or employee of the borough, or upon his own motion, the Building Inspector shall make a written report of the conditions complained of to the Council at its next regular meeting. If the reported conditions are found to exist, the Council shall then direct the Borough Clerk to notify the owner, tenant or person in possession of the lands complained of, in writing, either personally or by certified mail, to remove such brush, weeds, dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growth, filth, garbage, trash, or other debris, within 10 days after receipt of notice to do so. The Building Inspector shall reinspect the lands in question after the ten-day period has expired and report, in writing, to the Council at its next regular meeting whether or not the condition complained of has been abated or remedied.

§ 76-4 Removal by Borough; costs established as lien.

In the event the owner, tenant or person in possession of the lands in question shall refuse or neglect to abate or remedy the condition complained of within 10 days after receipt of notice, the Building Inspector shall cause the condition complained of to be abated and remedied and shall certify the cost thereof to the Council, who shall examine the certificate and, if found correct, cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against the lands. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes, which shall 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.

§ 76-5 Yard waste collection program.

[Added 11-15-2004 by Ord. No. 644]
A. 
Purpose. To establish a yard waste collection and disposal program in the Borough of Alpine, so as to protect public health, safety, and welfare, and to prescribe penalties for the failure to comply.
B. 
Definitions. For the purpose of this section, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings stated herein unless their use in the text of this chapter clearly demonstrates a different meaning. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The word “shall” is always mandatory and not merely directory.
CONTAINERIZED
Any placement of yard waste in a trash can, bucket, bag or other vessel, such as to prevent the yard waste from spilling or blowing out into the street and coming into contact with stormwater.
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, or political subdivision of this state subject to municipal jurisdiction.
STREET
Any street, avenue, boulevard, road, parkway, viaduct, drive, or other way which is an existing state, county, or municipal roadway, and includes the land between the street lines, whether improved or unimproved, and may comprise pavement, shoulders, gutters, curbs, sidewalks, parking areas, and other areas within the street lines.
YARD WASTE
Leaves and grass clippings.
C. 
Yard waste collection.
(1) 
The owner or occupant of any property, or any employee or contractor of such owner or occupant engaged to provide lawn care or landscaping services, shall not sweep, rake, blow, or otherwise place yard waste, except as provided in Subsection C(2), unless the yard waste is containerized, in the street. If yard waste that is not containerized is placed in the street, the party responsible for placement of the yard waste must remove said yard waste from the street or said party shall be deemed in violation of this section.
(2) 
Sweeping, raking, blowing or otherwise placing yard waste that is not containerized at the curb or along the street is only allowed during the seven days prior to a scheduled and announced collection by the Borough of Alpine and shall not be placed closer than 10 feet from any storm drain inlet. Placement of such yard waste at the curb or along the street at any other time or in any other manner is in violation of this section. If such placement of yard waste occurs, the party responsible for placement of the yard waste must remove the yard waste from the street or said party shall be deemed in violation of this section.
D. 
Enforcement. This section shall be enforced by the Property Maintenance Official for the Borough of Alpine.
E. 
Violations and penalties. Any person(s) who is found to be in violation of the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine not exceeding the maximum penalty permitted under the Alpine Municipal Code.