[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Mount Olive as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vessels on Budd Lake – See Ch. 388.
[Adopted 10-8-1991 by Ord. No. 26-91 (Ch. 100, Art. I, of the 1990 Code)]
Budd Lake, located within the Township of Mount Olive, as a natural body of water available for the recreational needs of the community, constitutes a natural resource worthy of maintenance. The dam located at the western edge of the lake governs the flow of water in the South Branch of the Raritan River. Fluctuations in the height of the waters of Budd Lake could and do result in flooding conditions downstream along the South Branch of the Raritan River. In order to control such fluctuations, this article is adopted to regulate the flow of waters over the dam and to create the position of Dam Manager who shall be responsible for controlling the weirs of the Budd Lake Dam in accordance with the regulations of this article.
There is hereby created the position of Budd Lake Dam Manager. The Manager shall be the Public Works Coordinator of the Township of Mount Olive and shall serve with no additional compensation.
The Dam Manager shall be responsible for maintaining the weirs at the Budd Lake Dam at an elevation of 933.64 feet, more or less, unless otherwise modified as set forth in § 158-4 below.
For the purpose of determining elevation of the south wing, the wall adjacent to stop logs (weirs) has an elevation of 935.77 feet as determined by a January 29, 1974, survey by the Department of Transportation. This elevation shall be used as a reference.
The weir boards of the Budd Lake Dam shall be maintained at a maximum elevation of 933.64 feet, more or less. This elevation shall be taken at the top of the weir, when the weirs are in place at the Budd Lake Dam. This maximum elevation shall be required at all times, except that a minimum elevation of 932.77 feet may be permitted during the period of October 15 through April 15 of the following year to permit a lowering of the lake during the winter period.
The Manager shall notify and obtain permission from the New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Shell Fisheries for the installation or removal of the weir boards in accordance with N.J.S.A. 23:5-29.
The Manager shall seek permission from the Division of Fish, Game and Shell Fisheries and may hereafter raise and lower the weir boards in accordance with this article and the New Jersey State regulations.
In cases of absolute emergency threatening the dam or the public safety of the residents of Mount Olive Township, the Manager shall be permitted to raise or lower the weir boards.
Any unauthorized person, firm or corporation found tampering with the Budd Lake Dam shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by one or more of the following: by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.