[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Pemberton 3-5-1975 as Section 6:1 of Ch. VI of the General Ordinances. Sections 75-1, 75-3 and 75-4 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
The owners or tenants of lands lying within the limits of the Township of Pemberton are hereby required to remove or cause to be removed from such lands any brush, filth, garbage, trash and debris within 10 days after receipt by such owners or tenants of written notice from the Township Administrator and/or his designee.
Notice to the owner or tenant to cause the removal of the substances referred to in the preceding section may be served upon any such owner or tenant either personally or by certified mail at the address to which tax bills are sent; and, if by the latter method, the ten-day period within which such removal shall be accomplished shall be deemed to have commenced to run from the date of the return receipt of such certified mail obtained by the postal authority for the delivery of such certified notice. Every such notice shall, in addition to requiring the removal aforesaid, warn the owner or tenant of the lands to which such notice refers that failure to accomplish such removal within the time stated therein will result in removal by or under the direction of an officer of the township, and the cost of such removal shall be charged to the owner or tenant of such lands and shall be payable to the township within 30 days after the date of submission of the charges. Unless such charges are paid within the thirty-day period, the costs aforesaid shall become a lien upon the lands and be collected as provided by N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.14 and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.
Whenever the owner or tenant of such lands within the township, receiving the notice provided for by the preceding section, shall fail and neglect, within the time prescribed in the notice, to effect removal of such substance, such removal shall be accomplished by or under the direction of the Township Administrator, Construction Official, Code Enforcement Officer or police officer. An accurate record of the cost of such removal to the township shall be determined by the Township Administrator, Construction Official or Code Enforcement Officer, who shall certify the cost thereof to the governing body, which shall examine the certificate and, if found correct, shall 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 part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.
[Amended 8-17-1984 by Ord. No. 14-1984; 11-2-1984 by Ord. No. 26-1984]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or fail to comply with any notice given by the Township Administrator and/or his designee shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable for each offense by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both. Any such penalty shall be in addition to the costs of removing the substance hereinbefore referred to upon lands described in the notice given by the Township Administrator and/or his designee.