[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Old Tappan 5-26-1975 as Sec. 3-4 of the 1975 Code; amended in its entirety 1-6-2014 by Ord. No. 1063-13. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be the duty of the owner, tenant or person in possession of any lands in the borough to maintain their property so as not to create a nuisance to the neighboring properties and to keep the lands free of brush, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, noxious growth, 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. Lawns shall be maintained so as no grass or weeds shall exceed eight inches in height.
After an investigation of any complaint of a resident, officer or employee of the Borough relative to a violation of this chapter, or upon his own motion, the Code Official shall make a written notice of the conditions complained of to the property owner. If the reported conditions are found to exist, the Code Official or designee will notify the owner, tenant or person in possession of the lands complained of in writing, either personally or by registered 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 the notice. The Code Official shall reinspect the lands in question after the ten-day period expires and if the conditions still exist the Code Official will issue a summons and report in writing to the Borough Council at its next regular meeting whether the condition complained of has been abated or remedied.
If the owner, tenant or person in possession of the lands in question fails to abate the condition complained of within 10 days after receipt of notice, the Building Inspector shall cause the condition complained of to be abated and shall certify the cost to the Borough Council, who shall examine the certificate and if it is correct cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against the lands. The amount so charged shall become a lien upon the lands and shall be added to and become a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon the lands, shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and 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.