Township of Pennsauken, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Pennsauken 3-13-1978 by Ord. No. 78-3 as Ch. 109 of the 1977 Code; amended in its entirety 2-24-1988 by Ord. No. 88-3. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Littering — See Ch. 197.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 243.
Removal of grass, trees and weeds — See Ch. 273, Art. I.
Trees — See Ch. 289.
Weeds — See Ch. 349.
[Amended 12-30-2002 by Ord. No. 02-32]
A. 
Whenever it shall appear necessary and expedient to the Township Committee of the Township of Pennsauken, for the preservation of the public health, safety and general welfare or to eliminate a fire hazard, to remove from lands or dwellings lying within the limits of the Township of Pennsauken brush, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris, and stagnant water in ponds and pools, the Township Committee shall cause notice thereof to be given to the owner of such lands or dwellings, and said owner shall, within five days after notice thereof, remove the same. For purposes of this subsection, “garbage” shall not include solid waste stored in such a way that is accessible to and likely to be strewn about by animals such as but not limited to dogs, cats, raccoons, birds or rodents pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.13a.
[Amended 7-6-2016 by Ord. No. 2016:12[1]]
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Editor’s Note: This ordinance also added the term “stagnant water” to the titles of this Chapter and § 111-1.
B. 
The owner or tenant of a dwelling or land located within the Township, when it is necessary and expedient for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, shall remove from that dwelling or land or destroy any solid waste stored in such a way that it is accessible to and likely to be strewn about by animals, such as but not limited dogs, cats, raccoons, birds, or rodents.
[Amended 7-6-2016 by Ord. No. 2016:12]
In case the owner of any such lands shall refuse or neglect to remove said brush, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris, and stagnant water from pools and ponds within the five days after notice thereof, it shall be the duty of the Superintendent of Public Works or the Construction Official to remove the same or cause the same to be removed.
The cost of such removal shall be certified by said Superintendent of Public Works or any member of the Code Enforcement Department of the Township of Pennsauken to the Township Committee of the Township of Pennsauken, which Committee shall examine the cost as shown thereon to be charged against said lands. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and shall 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 to be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.
In addition to any costs collectible under § 111-3, any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,250 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge. Each day that such violation shall continue after expiration of the five-day notice period provided in § 111-1 shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct violation.