It shall be the duty and responsibility of the owner and/or operator of premises in the Township to maintain the exterior of such premises in accordance with the provisions hereinafter set forth.
The exterior of the premises and all structures thereon shall be kept free of all nuisances and any hazards to the safety of occupants, pedestrians and other persons utilizing the premises and shall be kept free of unsanitary conditions, and any of the foregoing shall be promptly removed and abated by the owner or operator. It shall be the duty of the owner or operator to keep the premises free from hazards, which include but are not limited to the following:
Rubbish: brush, weeds, broken glass, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash, refuse and debris.
Natural growth: dead and dying trees and limbs or other natural growth which, by reason of rotting or deteriorating condition or storm damage, constitutes a hazard to persons in the vicinity thereof. Trees shall be kept pruned and trimmed to prevent such condition. The Township's Certified Arborist/Forester shall be empowered to inspect and notify property owners or operators of any violations of this subsection and to ensure that such violations are abated.
[Amended 4-28-2011 by Ord. No. 12-11]
Overhangings: loose and overhanging objects and accumulations of ice and snow which, by reason of location above ground level, constitute a danger of falling on persons in the vicinity thereof.
Ground surface hazards and unsanitary conditions: holes, excavations, breaks, projections, obstructions, icy conditions, uncleared snow and excretions of pets and other animals on paths, sidewalks, curbs, driveways and other parts of the premises which are accessible to and are used by persons on the premises.
In the particular case of sidewalks and curbs, it shall be the duty and responsibility of the owner of property on which and along which sidewalks and curbs are located to keep such sidewalks and curbs in a proper condition of maintenance and good repair, including but not limited to a condition whereby such sidewalks and curbs are free of obstruction, debris, cracks and crevices or other unsafe conditions.
If, in the judgment of the Building Inspector, any sidewalks or curbs affected by this chapter shall fall into a state of disrepair as aforesaid, then the Building Inspector shall, upon the passage of a resolution by the Township Committee, cause a notice, in writing, to be served upon the owner of said property, requiring the necessary specified work to said sidewalks and curbs to be done within a period of not less than 30 days from the date of service of said notice.
Whenever the property so affected is unoccupied and the owner cannot be found within the Township, the notice may be mailed to his or her post office address if the same can be ascertained. In case the owner is a nonresident of the Township or his or her post office address cannot be ascertained, then the notice may be inserted for four weeks, once a week in a newspaper published in the county and circulating in the Township.
In case the owner of such property shall not comply with the requirements of such notice, the Department of Public Works, Buildings and Grounds and Park Maintenance, upon the filing by the Building Inspector of a proof of service or publication of the aforesaid notice with the Township Committee, shall cause the required work to be done and paid for out of the municipal funds available for that purpose.
[Amended 4-8-2010 by Ord. No. 12-10]
The cost of such work shall be certified by the Department of Public Works, Buildings and Grounds and Park Maintenance to the Tax Collector. Upon filing said certificate, the amount of the cost of such work shall be and become a lien upon said abutting lands in front of which such work was done, to the same extent that assessments for local improvements are liens in such municipality under its charter or the general law, and shall be collected in the manner provided by law for the collection of such other assessments and shall bear interest at the same rate.
[Amended 4-8-2010 by Ord. No. 12-10]
In addition thereto, the Township may have an action to recover the said amount against the owner of said lands in any court having competent jurisdiction thereof.
A certified copy of the aforesaid certificate shall, in such action, be prima facie evidence of the existence of a debt due from said owner to the Township.
Adequate runoff drains shall be provided and maintained to eliminate any such recurrence or excessive accumulation of storm waste. Said stormwaters shall not be drained to streets or parking or walking areas.
No inoperable or currently unregistered or uninspected motor vehicle shall be parked, stored or left on any property, except inside of a garage or enclosed building, for more than one week.
The landscaping of all premises shall be properly maintained, with lawns, hedges and bushes kept trimmed and from becoming overgrown and unsightly.
[Added 8-14-1986 by Ord. No. 25-86]
The parking of any motor vehicle by an owner, occupant or operator on the lawn of any residential property is strictly prohibited.
All vehicles must park on an improved surface, either paved by asphalt or similar-type material or stoned as a parking area in accordance with the requirements of the Township's Land Use Ordinance as set forth in § 166-154.
All signs and billboards exposed to public view and permitted by reason of other regulations or as a lawful nonconforming use shall be maintained in good repair. Any signs which have become excessively peeled or cracked shall, with their supporting members, be removed forthwith or put into a good state of repair. All nonoperative or broken electrical signs shall be repaired or shall, with their supporting members, be removed forthwith.
Any awning or marquee, and its accompanying structural members, which extends over any street, sidewalk or other portion of the premises shall be maintained in good repair and shall not constitute a nuisance or a safety hazard. In the event that such awnings or marquees are not properly maintained in accordance with the foregoing, they shall, together with their supporting members, be removed forthwith. In the event that said awnings or marquees are made of cloth, plastic or similar materials, said cloth or plastic, where exposed to public view, shall be maintained in good condition and shall not show evidence of excessive weathering, deterioration, ripping, tearing or other holes.
All display windows exposed to public view shall be kept clean and free of marks or foreign substances, except when necessary in the course of changing displays. All screening of the interior shall be maintained in a clean and attractive manner and in a good state of repair.
All signs in display windows or otherwise exposed to public view from the interior of premises and which are permitted by reason of other regulations or as a lawful nonconforming use shall be maintained in good repair. Any signs which have excessively cracked or are otherwise in a state of disrepair or deterioration shall be removed forthwith or put into a good state of repair.
All storefronts shall be kept in good repair and painted, where required, and shall not constitute a safety hazard or nuisance. In the event that repairs to a storefront become necessary, such repairs shall be made with the same or similar materials used in the construction of the storefront in such a manner as to permanently repair the damaged area or areas. Any cornice visible above a storefront shall be kept painted, where required, and in good repair.
All reconstruction of walls and sidings shall be of standard quality and appearance commensurate with the character of the properties in the same block and on both sides of the street on which the premises fronts, such that the materials used will not be of a kind that by their appearance under prevailing appraisal practices and standards will depreciate the values of neighboring and adjoining premises as aforesaid.
The exterior of every structure or accessory structure, including fences, roofs and gutters, shall be maintained in good repair, and all surfaces thereof shall be kept painted, when necessary, for the purpose of preservation and appearance. The same shall be maintained free of broken glass, loose shingles, crumbling stone or brick, excessive peeling paint or other conditions reflective of deterioration or inadequate maintenance, to the end that the property itself may be preserved, safety and fire hazards eliminated and the adjoining properties and the neighborhood protected from blighting influences.
Every structure and accessory structure and every part thereof shall be kept structurally sound and in a state of good repair to avoid safety, health or fire hazards, including but not limited to the following:
Foundation walls. Foundation walls shall be kept structurally sound, free from defects and damage and capable of bearing imposed loads safely.
Basements and cellars. Basements, cellars and crawl spaces of rented or commercial buildings are to be kept free of accumulations of water resulting from seepage. Pumps shall be required where necessary to prevent accumulations of moisture and dampness.
Chimneys and all flue and vent attachments. Chimneys, and all flue and vent attachments thereto, shall be maintained structurally sound, free from defects and so maintained as to perform capably at all times the functions for which they were designed. Chimneys, flues, gas vents or other draft-producing equipment shall provide sufficient draft to develop the rated output, and the connected equipment shall be structurally safe, durable, smoketight and capable of withstanding the action of flue gases.
Exterior porches, landings, balconies, stairs and fire escapes. Exterior porches, landings, balconies, stairs and fire escapes shall be provided with banisters or railings properly designed and maintained to minimize the hazard of falling, and the same shall be kept structurally sound and in good repair and free from defects. This provision shall not apply to exterior porches which are less than three feet in height.
Exterior walls, roofs, windows, window frames, doors, door-frame foundations, siding and other parts of the structure shall be so maintained as to keep water from entering the structure and to prevent excessive drafts. Damaged materials must be repaired or replaced promptly. Places showing signs of rot, leakage, deterioration, or corrosion are to be restored and protected against weathering or seepage.
All parts of the dwellings and structures shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition, free of nuisances and free from health, safety and fire hazards.
Storage bins, rooms and areas shall not be used for accumulated garbage or refuse. Flammable or combustible liquids or other materials may not be stored on the premises unless they are of a type approved for storage by the regulations of the Fire Department, and then onlky in such quantities and in such fireproof storage containers as may be prescribed by the regulations.