[HISTORY: Adopted by the Merchantville Borough Council 6-8-1964. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following words, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings:
- BOARD OF HEALTH
- The Board of Health of the Borough of Merchantville.
- The Borough of Merchantville.
- BOROUGH CLERK
- The Clerk of the Borough of Merchantville.
- Establishment or place of business conducted for the purpose of washing, cleaning, drying and laundering clothes or other washable materials or cleaning and dyeing any such materials that may be brought to said establishment or place of business, and wherein the work is done in machines, coin-operated or otherwise, located on the premises by the customers themselves, or by or under the supervision of the owners or operators of said establishment or place of business for said customers, and shall include a "Laundromat," "wash-o-mat" and similar names and types under which laundering of the self-service type is carried on.
- Includes a corporation, association, organization, firm and partnership as well as an individual.
Whenever in this chapter any word importing the singular number or masculine gender is used in describing or referring to any person, party, matter or thing, the same shall include and apply to several persons or parties as well as to one person or party, to females as well as males and to several matters or things as well as one matter or thing.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any launderette in the borough without having first obtained a license therefor. Application for such license shall be filed with the Borough Clerk. Said application shall state the name and address of the person who will operate the launderette, the exact location of the premises and the size thereof, where said launderette will be operated and the maximum daily amount of water which will be used in connection therewith. A separate application and license shall be required for each establishment. Each license shall expire on the 31st day of December following the date of issuance. No license shall be issued unless the premises in which the launderette is to be operated complies in all respects with the requirements, regulations and provisions of the Fire Department, Board of Health, Building Code and Zoning Ordinances of the borough. The annual license fee for the full year or any portion thereof shall be at the rate of $5.00 for each washing machine installed; provided, however, that the minimum fee shall be $25.00.
The entire premises devoted to the operation of the launderette and all machines used in connection therewith shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition. The floor shall be kept clean and dry. The premises shall be adequately ventilated and provided with sufficient natural or artificial light. The walls of said premises shall be covered with nonabsorbent paint, cement or other impervious material. All plumbing work shall at all times be kept in good condition and state of repair. Said launderette shall be operated in such manner as always to comply in all respects with the requirements, regulations and provisions of the Fire Department, Board of Health, Building Code and Zoning Ordinance of the borough and all the laws of the State of New Jersey.
No machinery used in the operation of a launderette shall be operated in such manner as to cause unnecessary or unreasonable vibration to the annoyance of residents in the surrounding neighborhood or to the detriment of the well-being of the neighborhood or the premises in the neighborhood.
No launderette shall begin operations before 7:00 a.m. or to continue after 11:00 p.m., except that machines which have been started before 11:00 p.m. need not be stopped until the operation has been completed, but no machine shall be started for use at or after 11:00 p.m.
No diapers or other articles containing bodily excrement or discharges shall be permitted to remain around the premises but shall as speedily as possible be placed in washing machines especially designated for such purpose, and all such machines so designated shall be appropriately and conspicuously marked and shall not be used for any other purpose.
No launderette shall be permitted to operate unless an attendant shall be on the premises at all times during the hours of operation as enumerated in § 40-5.
Where the Board of Health finds that a laundry or launderette is being operated or maintained in violation of the provisions of this chapter or any other ordinance of the borough so as to constitute a nuisance, the Board of Health shall notify the owner of the premises or the operator of the launderette, or both, to abate the nuisance at the expense of such owner or operator. Such notice shall be in writing and shall specify a time within which such nuisance shall be abated. If such owner or operator shall not comply with such notice within the time so specified, the said Board may proceed to abate the nuisance at the expense of such owner or operator, or both, as provided by law.
Where the Board of Health finds that the continued operation of the launderette while a violation exists constitutes a distinct and immediate hazard to public health, the Board is hereby authorized to prohibit the owner of the premises or the operator of the launderette, or both, from operating or permitting the operation of said launderette until such time as the violation is corrected and the nuisance abated.
If any section, clause, sentence or provision of this chapter shall be found to be unconstitutional or invalid, the remaining sections, clauses, sentences and provisions hereof shall not be affected thereby but shall be and remain in full force and effect.
This chapter shall take effect after final passage and publication as required by law.