Borough of Runnemede, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Runnemede 10-4-1994 by Ord. No. 94-9 (Ch. 45 of the 1970 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Unfit dwellings — See Ch. 146.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 281.
Solid waste — See Ch. 316.
Public health nuisances — See Ch. 418.
It shall be unlawful for an owner or tenant of lands lying within the limits of the Borough of Runnemede to allow, suffer or permit on such lands any accumulation of brush, weeds, including ragweed, fallen dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growth, filth, garbage, trash and debris in a manner detrimental to the public health, safety or general welfare or in such manner as to constitute a fire hazard; and in such case the owner and tenant shall remove or destroy the same.
[Amended 3-5-1996 by Ord. No. 96-5; 8-7-2013 by Ord. No. 13-15]
Whenever brush, weeds, including ragweed, falling, dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growth, filth, garbage, trash and debris shall be allowed, suffered or permitted to accumulate on the lands lying within the limits of the Borough of Runnemede in a manner detrimental to the public health, safety or general welfare or in such a manner as to constitute a fire hazard, the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Runnemede, or any other Borough official designated for this purpose by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Runnemede shall give five days' written notice to remove or destroy the same to the owner and/or tenant of any such lands.
A. 
Written notice as aforesaid shall be given both the owner and tenant of the land, if known, and may be served personally or left with a member of the household over the age of 14 years or may be sent by certified mail to the last known post office address of such owner or tenant.
B. 
In the event that the name and post office address of the owner is not known, then such written notice as aforesaid shall be sent by certified mail addressed to the person or persons whose name appears as owner on the last tax duplicate with the mailing address shown thereon.
[Amended 8-7-2013 by Ord. No. 13-15]
In the event that any owner or tenant shall refuse or neglect to remove or destroy said accumulation within the time limited by such notice, then the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Runnemede may authorize and direct that the same be removed or destroyed by or under the direction of a Borough official designated by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Runnemede for this purpose.
In the event that such owner or tenant shall refuse or neglect to remove or destroy any such accumulations as hereinbefore set forth and it shall be necessary for the Mayor and Council to cause the same to be removed or destroyed, the officer responsible therefor shall certify the cost thereof to the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Runnemede.
Upon such certification to the Mayor and Council of the cost of removal or destruction as hereinbefore set forth, the Mayor and Council shall examine such certification and, if found correct, the cost as shown thereon shall, by resolution of the Mayor and Council, be charged against said lands.
[Amended 8-7-2013 by Ord. No. 13-15]
Upon passage of said resolution by the Mayor and Council, a certified copy thereof shall be filed with the Collector of Taxes, and the amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and 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 shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.
A processing fee of $250 shall be added to each bill generated by any department performing maintenance on properties within the boundaries of the Borough.
[Amended 3-2-2010 by Ord. No. 10-04]
Any person violating any of the provisions hereof shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalty as provided in § 1-15, General penalty, of this Code.