Township of Morris, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Morris as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Unfit buildings — See Ch. 202.
Hazardous substances — See Ch. 297.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 385.
Solid waste — See Ch. 427.
Dumping — See Ch. 533.
[Adopted 2-8-1898 by Ord. No. H1-1898 (Ch. 106, Art. II, of the 1969 Code)]
Whatever is dangerous to human health, or whatever renders the ground, the water, the air or food a hazard or an injury to human health, is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and any person or persons creating or maintaining, or aiding in the creation or maintenance of, any such nuisance shall be punished by a fine of not less than $5 nor more than $500.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
Any person who shall carelessly, negligently or willfully aid in or contribute to the doing of any act dangerous to life or detrimental to the health of any human being, except from justifiable motives and for adequate reasons, or who shall omit any precaution, reasonable and proper to be made, to remove danger or detriment to life or the health of any human being, shall be liable to a penalty of $10.
The accumulation of any decaying animal or vegetable substance or substances or of other offensive matter in the form of rubbish, garbage or offal, in or upon any lot, street or highway or in or upon any public or private place, and allowing the same to remain in or upon any such lot, street, highway, public or private place until the same shall become hazardous to health, is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and any person or persons who shall cause any such accumulation or who shall aid therein shall be liable to a penalty of $10.
The pollution of any stream, well, spring or reservoir of water used for drinking purposes is hereby prohibited, and any person or persons who shall cause such pollution or who shall aid therein shall be liable to a penalty of $25.
The construction of any drain or sewer or the pouring out of foul liquids on the surface of the ground in such manner as to pollute the ground, air or water to the risk or detriment of the health of persons living or passing in the vicinity thereof is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and any person or persons causing or maintaining any such nuisance, or aiding therein, shall be liable to a penalty of $10.
The storage of animal refuse or decayable or putrescible matter, in liquid or solid form, in any vault, cesspool or other receptacle, in such manner as to endanger health, is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and any person or persons causing or maintaining any such nuisance or aiding therein shall be liable to a penalty of $10.
The overflow of any foul liquids or gases into any place where they may become injurious to health, or the keeping or forming of such open sunken places or excavations upon any lot or land as to accumulate foul water or offensive animal or vegetable matter, is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and any person or persons who shall cause or maintain any such nuisance or who shall aid in causing or maintaining the same shall be liable to a penalty of $10.
The keeping of any tenement house or other house or building or any part thereof in such a state of uncleanliness or the crowding of persons in any tenement house in such manner as to endanger the health of the persons dwelling therein is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and any person or persons through whose act or neglect such state of uncleanliness shall be caused, and any persons by whom such crowding shall be caused, shall be liable to a penalty of $20.
The keeping of any schoolhouse or other public building or any part thereof in such a state of uncleanliness or the unnecessary crowding of persons or inmates therein in such a manner as to endanger the health of such person or inmate is hereby declared to be a public nuisance, and any person or persons, officer or officers through whose act or neglect such a state of uncleanliness shall be caused or permitted, and any person or persons, officer or officers by whom such crowding shall be caused, shall be liable to a penalty of $25.
The keeping of any dwelling house in which there has been any contagious or communicable disease without prompt and thorough fumigation, disinfection and airing of such rooms, furniture and clothing as have been used or worn by the sick person or persons and their attendant or attendants is hereby prohibited, and any person or persons offending against this section shall be liable to a penalty of $25.
The sale of any meat or vegetable food or drink that is unwholesome or unfit for food is hereby prohibited, and any person or persons making any such sale as aforesaid shall be liable to a penalty of $30.
Any physician, midwife, nurse, clergyman, judge or other person who shall officiate at any birth, death or marriage and who shall neglect to make return thereof to the Secretary of the Board of Health according to law, and any physician who shall neglect or refuse to report in writing to the Board of Health of Morris Township any case of contagious or infectious disease, within 24 hours of the time of his or their first visit, shall, for each and every failure to make such return or report, be liable to a penalty of $50.
The carrying or carting through the streets or roads of Morris Township of swill or garbage in open vessels or vehicles is hereby prohibited, and any person or persons offending against this section shall be liable to a penalty of $10.
The construction of any privy, vault or any privy receptacle upon any lot or premises in the Township of Morris within 20 feet of the sideline of any street or road therein is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and any person or persons who shall construct or aid in constructing any privy, privy vault or receptacle within the prescribed distance of the sideline of any street or road in the Township of Morris, or who shall construct or maintain such a defective privy, privy vault or receptacle upon any lot or premises in the Township of Morris as will allow any offensive matter to pollute the surrounding soil, shall be liable to a penalty of $10.
The admixture of rubbish, garbage or any kind of decaying animal or vegetable matter with clean ashes or earth for the filling of any sunken, low or marshy private or public place, lot or premises is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and any person or persons who shall cause or allow such filling to be done upon any sunken, low or marshy place, lot or premises, or who shall aid therein, shall be liable to a penalty of $10.
No garbage or sewage matter nor excavations from cesspools shall be deposited upon the earth or discharged into any stream, pond or basin within the limits of the Township of Morris without the authority or permission of the Board of Health of said Township, under a penalty of $25 for each violation of this article.
Any penalty incurred under the provisions of this article shall be collected in the manner described by the Act cited in the preamble hereof,[1] or, in lieu thereof, the Board of Health of Morris Township may file a bill in the Court of Chancery for an injunction pursuant to the provisions of said Act.
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Editor's Note: The Act referred to is entitled "An Act to Establish in This State Boards of Health, and a Bureau of Vital Statistics; and to Define Their Respective Powers and Duties," approved March 31, 1887.
[Adopted 5-11-1967 by Ord. No. H12-67 (Ch. 106, Art. I, of the 1969 Code)]
[Amended 12-11-1968 by Ord. No. 22-68[1]]
A code defining and prohibiting certain matters, things, conditions or acts, and each of them, as a nuisance; prohibiting certain noises or sounds; requiring the proper heating of apartments; prohibiting lease or rental of certain buildings; prohibiting spitting in or upon public buildings, conveyances or sidewalks; authorizing the inspection of premises by an enforcing official; providing for the removal or abatement of certain nuisances and recovery of expenses incurred by the Board of Health in removing or abating such nuisances; and prescribing penalties for violations, is hereby established pursuant to Chapter 188, Laws of 1950[2]; excepting, however, from said state code Section 2.1a and b and Paragraph 3.1 of Section 3, titled "Proper Heating of Apartments." A copy of said code is annexed hereto and made a part hereof without the inclusion of the text thereof herein.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 26:3-69.1 et seq.
The said code established and adopted by this article is described and commonly known as the "Public Health Nuisance Code of New Jersey (1953)."
Three copies of the said "Public Health Nuisance Code of New Jersey (1953)" have been placed on file in the office of the Secretary of this local Board of Health upon the introduction of this article and will remain on file there for the use and examination of the public.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
Any person who violates or neglects to comply with any provision of this article or the code established herein or notice issued pursuant thereto shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to a penalty of not less than $2 nor more than $500 for each violation.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).