[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 8-17-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-11]
The purpose of this article shall be to promote the general health, welfare and safety of the Township of Washington and the inhabitants thereof by prescribing certain practices and hazards which are, or maybe, nuisances and to permit the appropriate authorities to take appropriate steps to control the practices herein prescribed.
Wherever the following terms are used in this article, unless otherwise specified, they shall have the following meanings:
- Includes an individual, firm, corporation, association, society and partnership and any agent, servant or employee of any of the above.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to commit or allow nuisances as hereinafter defined in § 51-4.
The following matters, things, conditions or acts, and each of them, are hereby declared to be a nuisance and injurious to the health, safety, or welfare of the inhabitants of the Township of Washington:
Pollution, or the existence of a condition or conditions which cause or threaten pollution, of any waters within the Township of Washington in such manner as to cause or threaten injury to any of the inhabitants of the Township of Washington in their health, safety, or welfare either in their person or property.
The escape into the open air from any stack, vent, chimney or any entrance to the open air, or from any fire into the open air, of such quantities of smoke, soot, fly ash, dust fumes, vapors, mists or gases as to cause injury, detriment or serious annoyance to the inhabitants of the Township of Washington or endanger their comfort, repose, health, safety or property.
[Amended 8-21-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-16]
The making, continuing or causing to be made or continued by any person of any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise or any noise which does or is likely to annoy, disturb or endanger the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others.
Without intending to limit the generality of Subsection C(1), the following acts are hereby declared to be examples of loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise in violation of this section:
Radios; televisions; phonographs. The playing, use or operation of any radio-receiving set, television, musical instrument, phonograph or other machine or device for the producing or reproducing of sound in such a manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of neighboring inhabitants or with louder volume than is necessary for convenient hearing for persons who are in the room, vehicle or chamber in which the machine or device is operated and who are voluntary listeners. The operation of such a set, instrument, phonograph, machine or device so that it is clearly audible at a distance of 100 feet from the building, structure or vehicle in which it is located shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section.
Yelling; shouting. Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing on the public streets, particularly between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., or at any time or place, which annoys or disturbs the quiet, comfort or repose of persons in any office, dwelling, hotel, motel or other type of residence or of any persons in the vicinity.
Animals; birds. The keeping of animals or birds which, by causing frequent or long-continued noise, disturbs the comfort or repose of any person in the vicinity, but nothing herein contained is intended to apply to a dog pound or licensed kennel.
Horns. The sounding of a horn or warning device on an automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle, except when required by law, or when necessary to give timely warning of the approach of the vehicle, or as a warning of impending danger to persons driving other vehicles or to persons on the street. No person shall sound a horn or warning device on an automobile, motorcycle, bus or other vehicle which emits an unreasonably loud or harsh sound, or for an unnecessary or unreasonably period of time.
The existence or presence of any water or other liquid in which mosquito larvae breed or exist.
The existence or presence of any accumulation of garbage, refuse, or animal or vegetable matter which may attract flies or to which flies may have access or in which fly larvae or pupae may breed or exist.
Depositing, accumulating or maintaining any matter or thing which serves as food for insects or rodents and to which they may have access or which serves as or constitutes a breeding place or harborage for insects or rodents in or on any land, premises, building or other place.
Any act, matter, thing or condition which is or may become detrimental or a menace to the health of the inhabitants of the Township of Washington or which is or may become an annoyance or interfere with the comfort or general well-being of the inhabitants of the Township of Washington.
The provisions of this article may be enforced by the police agencies of the Township of Washington, or upon the filing of a complaint in the Municipal Court of the Township of Washington by any inhabitant of the Township, either with or without prior notice to the person committing a violation of this article.
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to a penalty of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both, for each violation. Each day that said violation continues shall be deemed a separate and distinct violation.