[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Lumberton 12-17-1973 by Ord. No. 1973-19 as part of Ch. IV of the 1973 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any owner, occupant or tenant of any lot or tract of land situated within the township to permit or maintain on the lot or tract of land any brush, weeds, dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growth, filth, garbage, trash or debris injurious to the public health, safety and general welfare or which shall tend to create a fire hazard.
Upon the failure of any owner, occupant or tenant to cut and remove or otherwise destroy such brush, weeds, dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growth, filth, garbage, trash or debris within 10 days after notice to remove the same has been received from the township, which notice may be effected by personal service or by certified mail, the township shall cause the same to be removed under the direction of the township's Zoning Officer. The Zoning Officer shall certify the cost thereof to the Township Committee which shall examine the certificate and, if found correct, shall cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against the land and premises, to be added to and become and form part of the taxes next assessed and levied upon such land, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes and to be collected and enforced in the same manner as taxes on real estate within the municipality.
Maximum penalty. For violation of any provisions of this chapter, the maximum penalty, upon conviction, shall be a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or such combination of punishments as the Municipal Judge may, in his or her discretion, deem appropriate and just.
Separate violations. Each and every day in which a violation of any provision of this chapter exists shall constitute a separate violation.
Application. The maximum penalty stated in this section is not intended to state an appropriate penalty for each and every violation. Any lesser penalty, including a nominal penalty or no penalty at all, may be appropriate for a particular case or violation, except in those instances where state law mandates a minimum penalty to be imposed.
Minimum penalty. There shall be a minimum penalty of a fine fixed at an amount not exceeding $100.