[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Mount Olive 7-14-1977 by Ord. No. B-1-77 (Ch. 327 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Ragweed and poison ivy are hereby declared to be nuisances, and their existence or growth is prohibited.
The growth, existence or presence of ragweed or poison ivy on any plot of land, lot, street, highway, right-of-way or any other public or private place is hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to public health.
No owner, tenant or occupant of any plot of land, lot, street, highway, right-of-way or any other public or private place shall cause, allow or permit ragweed or poison ivy to grow or exist thereon.
Whenever a nuisance, as declared by this chapter, is found on any plot of land, lot, right-of-way or any other private premises or place, notice, in writing, shall be given to the owner thereof to remove or abate the same within such time as shall be specified therein, but not less than five days from the date of service thereof. A duplicate of the notice shall be left with one or more of the tenants or occupants of the premises or place. If the owner resides out of the state or cannot be so notified speedily, such notice shall be left at that place or premises with the tenant or occupant thereof or posted on the premises, and such action shall be considered proper notification to the owner, tenant or occupant thereof.
Whenever a nuisance, as declared by this chapter, is found on any public property or any highway or any other public premises or place, notice, in writing, shall be given to the person in charge thereof to remove or abate the same within such time as shall be specified therein. If such person fails to comply with such notice within the time specified therein, the Board of Health may remove or abate such nuisance in the manner as hereinbefore provided in the case of a like condition existing on a private premises or place.
If the owner, tenant or occupant, upon being notified as provided by this section, shall not comply with such notice within the time specified therein and fails to remove or abate such nuisance, the Board of Health shall proceed to abate the nuisance or may cause it to be removed or abated in a summary manner by such means as said Board shall deem proper.
The Board of Health may institute an action at law to recover costs incurred by it in the removal or abatement of ragweed or poison ivy from any person who shall have caused or allowed such nuisance to exist or from any owner, tenant or occupant of a premises who, after notice and notification as herein provided, shall fail to remove and abate the same within the time specified in such notice.
The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Board of Health, its agents or employees.
If the enforcing agency for this chapter shall deem it inappropriate to undertake abatement on behalf of the Board of Health, a summons may be issued for violation of this chapter. Any person who shall violate this chapter or any of its provisions shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not exceeding $500. Every day such violation exists shall constitute a separate offense and be punishable as such hereunder.