[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Runnemede 5-3-2015 by Ord. No. 16-04. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the intent of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Runnemede to regulate the appearance of vacant and fire-damaged structures within the neighborhoods of the community in order to minimize the negative impact that vacant and fire-damaged homes and structures have on the image of the neighborhood and/or the community as a whole.
Any business or individual that offers services to a residential or commercial property owner, for the purpose of securing a vacant or fire-damaged building or structure, shall be subject to this chapter. The application under this section shall be developed by the Township Clerk. Registration certificates shall be valid for one year. The business or individuals completing the registration certificate shall provide the name of the business, the principal owners of the business and their home addresses, the address, phone number and e-mail address of the primary office of the business or individual and such additional information as the Township Clerk determines to be part of the registration application.
In addition to the registration certificate requirements above, businesses or individuals governed by this section shall also provide to the Township Clerk, at the time of registration, proof of commercial general liability insurance providing for a minimum of $1,000,000 of insurance coverage. The application shall also require the payment of an annual administrative fee of $50.
Each business or individual, upon being so registered, shall be issued a registration certificate by the Township Clerk, upon which shall be affixed one photograph of the applicant (as provided by the applicant) and the signature of the Township Clerk or the Clerk's authorized representative.
Each representative of a business or individual governed by this section shall carry the original registration certificate at all times when providing services within the Borough of Runnemede and shall exhibit same to any fire or police officer or code enforcement officer, upon request.
The following regulations apply to all structures that are being secured (boarded-up) by property owners, lien holders, insurance company or governmental agencies.
Any boards or other materials that are used to secure windows, doors, or other openings in any structure shall be painted white and shall have applied to them a light gray grid.
No person subject to the terms of this section shall enter or attempt to enter the building or structure of any resident or commercial owner, or approach any such property owners, while the Fire Department is operating on the incident scene, with established fire lines in place per N.J.S.A. 40A:14-54.1.
No person or entity subject to the terms of this section shall enter or attempt to enter the building or structure of any resident or commercial owner, or approach any such property owners, without the registration certificate in his or her possession.
No person subject to the terms of this section shall conduct him- or herself in such a manner as to harass or annoy any person while soliciting within the Borough of Runnemede.
No person subject to the terms of this section shall interfere with, hinder, or obstruct any member of the Runnemede Fire Department, the Runnemede Police Department, the Runnemede Emergency Medical Services, or any other emergency service personnel from performing their duties in accordance with the general protection, health, and welfare of the residents of the Borough of Runnemede.
All boards or other materials that are used to secure windows, doors, or other openings in any structure shall be painted white and shall have applied to them a light gray grid.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter, upon conviction, shall be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $2,000; imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Sentencing shall be in the discretion of the Municipal Court. Each day the violation shall continue after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.
Any violation of this section shall further result in the revocation of a registration certificate for the period of one year, whereupon the issuance of a new registration certificate shall be governed by the procedures and requirements set forth within this section.