[Amended 7-6-1981 by Ord. No. 22-81; 4-4-1983 by Ord. No. 11-83; 8-21-2012 by Ord. No. 17-2012]
Any person owning any land fronting upon any public street, highway, curb or sidewalk in the City shall, at his own charge and expense, repair, in accordance with the requirements of this article and regulations promulgated hereunder, any sidewalk, authorized installations therein and thereon and curb and gutter of such street which is broken, disintegrated, uneven or otherwise defective to such an extent that it would be likely to cause a pedestrian to trip or fall.
The surface of all concrete sidewalk shall be kept properly roughened so as not to become smooth and slippery.
Construction of public sidewalks shall be of concrete, brick or slate in accordance with specifications and/or regulations prepared by the Consulting Municipal Engineer of the Building, Housing and Land Use Department of the City of Hackensack.
The Mayor and Council of the City of Hackensack may, by resolution, cause a notice in writing to be served upon the owners or occupants of land abutting any sidewalk, curb or gutter which has not been maintained in good repair in accordance with the requirements of this article and the regulations promulgated hereunder.
The notice shall state the following:
The necessary specified work to said sidewalk, curb or gutter required to be done by said owner or occupant.
The time within which such work shall be completed, provided that said time period shall not be less than 30 days from the date of service of such notice.
The failure of the owner or occupant to perform the required work within the time period stated shall permit the municipality to cause the work to be done and paid for out of available municipal funds, following which the cost of such work shall become a lien upon the abutting lands in front of which such work was done. Such lien shall have the same effect as an assessment for local improvements and may be collected in a manner provided by law for the collection of such other assessments.
Such notice shall further state that a municipality may have an action to recover the cost of such work against the owner of lands in any court having competent jurisdiction thereof.
Whenever any lands are unoccupied and the owner cannot be found within the municipality, the notice may be mailed, postage prepaid, to his or her post office address, if the same can be ascertained; in case such owner is a nonresident of the municipality or his or her post office address cannot be ascertained, then the notice may be inserted for four weeks, once a week, in some newspaper of such municipality or, if none be published therein, then in some newspaper published in the state and circulating in said municipality.
In the event the owner or occupant of lands abutting a sidewalk, curb or gutter shall not comply with the requirements of the notice to repair, it shall be lawful for the Building, Housing and Land Use Department of the City of Hackensack, pursuant to the procedure set forth in N.J.S.A. 40:65-14, to cause the work to be performed and the cost of same paid for out of available municipal funds, and the same shall become a lien upon the abutting lands in front of which such work was to be performed.
The Consulting Municipal Engineer of the Building, Housing and Land Use Department of the City of Hackensack shall prepare specifications and regulations governing the construction and repair of sidewalks, curbs and gutters.