[Adopted 11-23-1998 by Ord. No. 98-28]
Whenever any sidewalk or curb shall be in need of repair, the Administrator, pursuant to a resolution of the Township Committee, may notify, in writing, the owner or owners of said lands, requiring the necessary specified work to said curbs or sidewalks to be done by said owner or owners within a period of not less than 30 days from the date of service of said notice, either personally or by leaving the same at his, her or their usual place of residence with a member of their family above the age of 14 years, if such owner or owners are residents in the township. In case any such owner or owners shall not reside in the township, such notice may be served upon him personally or mailed to his, her or their last known post office address, certified mail, return receipt requested, or it may be served upon the occupant of the property or upon the agent of the owner thereof. In case such owner is a nonresident of the municipality or his or her post office address cannot be ascertained, then the notice may be inserted for four weeks, once a week, in some newspaper of some municipality, or if none is published therein, then in some newspaper published in the state and circulating in said municipality.
Such notice above mentioned shall contain a description of the lands, sufficiently definite in terms to identify the same, as well as the description of the required repairing, and also a notice that said repairs shall be completed within 30 days after the service thereof. It is the intention of the township to make such repairs or cause the same to be done and paid for out of the municipal funds available for that purpose, that the cost of such work shall be certified by the Township Engineer to the Tax Collector within the township; that upon filing said certificate, the amount of the cost of such work shall be and become a lien upon said abutting lands in front of which said work was performed to the same extent that assessment for local improvements are liens in the Township of Woolwich and shall be collected in the manner provided by law for the collection of such other assessments and shall bear interest at the same rate; and that, in addition thereto, the township may have an action to recover said amount against the owner of said lands in any court having competent jurisdiction thereof.
Whenever any curb or sidewalk shall be repaired by the township, a true and accurate account of the cost and expense thereof shall be kept, and a true statement of such cost, under oath or affirmation, shall be forthwith filed with the Clerk of the township, and the Township Committee shall examine the same and, if the same is properly made, shall confirm the same and file such report with the Tax Collector of the township, and he shall record the same in the same book as other assessments, which costs and expenses of repairing such sidewalks and curbs, when so recorded, shall be collected in the same manner and bear interest at the same rate as taxes. In addition thereto, the township may have an action to recover said amount against the owner of said lands in any court having competent jurisdiction thereof. A certified copy of the aforesaid certificate shall in such action be prima facie evidence of the existence of a debt due from said owner to the township.
The owner or owners, occupant or occupants, tenant or tenants of premises abutting or bordering upon any street in the Township of Woolwich shall remove all snow and ice from the abutting sidewalks of such streets or, in the case of ice which may be so frozen as to make removal impractical, shall cause the same to be thoroughly covered with sand, salt or cinders within 24 hours after the same shall fall or be formed thereon.
In case the building is occupied by more than one family or business unit, then the tenant or occupant of the first floor or story thereof is hereby required to remove all snow and ice from such portion of the sidewalk or, in the case of ice which is impractical to remove, cover the same with sand, salt or cinders within 24 hours after the same shall be formed or fall thereon. The sidewalk shall be cleared from snow and ice, creating a clear open path not less than 24 inches in width.
No person, firm or corporation, owner, tenant or occupant of any premises abutting on any street shall throw, place or deposit any snow or ice into or upon any street in said township, it being the intent and purpose of this provision to prohibit all persons from throwing, casting, placing or depositing snow and ice, which accumulated within the private property belonging to said person, upon the sidewalks or streets of the Township of Woolwich.
Any person or persons or corporation or corporations neglecting to comply with the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000, imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof, for every such neglect.