[HISTORY: Adopted by the Bloomfield Council 11-19-1962 as Secs. 13-16 and 13-17 of the 1962 Code; amended in its entirety 9-19-1983 (Ch. 84 of the 1987 Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
In any case where the Director of Community Development and Inspections or the Director of Health and Human Services of the Township shall determine that it is necessary and expedient for the preservation of public health, safety and general welfare, or to eliminate a fire hazard, to require the removal from any lands in the Township of brush, grass, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris, the owner or tenant of such lands shall, within 10 days after notice by the Director of Community Development and Inspections or the Director of Health and Human Services to do so, remove from such lands all brush, grass, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris thereon.
In the event that the owner or tenant shall have refused or neglected to comply with the notice as provided in the preceding section within 10 days, the Director of Community Development and Inspections or the Director of Health and Human Services shall, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.13 and 40:48-2.14 remove from such lands the brush, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growth, filth, garbage, trash and debris that may be thereon, and such officer shall certify the cost thereof to the Township Council, which shall examine the certificate and, if found correct, shall cause the cost shown thereon to be charged against the lands. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien on such land and shall be added to and become part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied against 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.
[Added 11-5-1987; amended 5-5-2008 by Ord. No. 08-18; 9-21-2020 by Ord. No. 20-42]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as follows:
A separate offense shall be deemed committed each and every day during or on which such violation or noncompliance occurs or continues.