[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington 5-15-1972 (Sec. 6-4 of the Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be the duty of the owner, tenant or person in possession of any lands in the township to:
Keep all brush, hedges or other plant life, growing within ten feet of any roadway and within the line connecting point on the two street lot lines at a distance of 25 feet of the intersection of two roadways, cut to a height of not more than 2 1/2 feet above the existing street grade at center line for the preservation of public safety.
Keep the lands free of brush, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris, where the same are inimical to the preservation of public health, safety or general welfare of the township, or which may constitute a fire hazard.
After an investigation of any complaint of a resident, officer or employee of the township relative to a violation of this chapter, or upon his own motion, the Building Inspector shall make a written report of the conditions complained of to the Township Committee at their next regular meeting. If the reported conditions are found to exist, the Township Committee shall direct the Clerk to 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 ten days after receipt of the notice. The Building Inspector shall reinspect the lands in question after the ten-day period expires and report in writing to the Township Committee at their next regular meeting whether the condition complained of has been abated or remedied.
Additional notice required. Notice of violations for any property declared vacant and abandoned pursuant to Chapter 148 shall be given to a foreclosing creditor pursuant to the procedures set forth in § 148-9 of this Code as required by P.L. 2014, c. 35.
[Added 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 17-14]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.12s.
If the owner, tenant or person in possession of the lands in question fails to abate the condition complained of within ten days after receipt of notice, the Building Inspector shall cause the condition complained of to be abated and shall certify the cost to the Township Committee, 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 hear 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.