[1972 Code § 1-1; New]
This book shall be known and may be cited as "The Code of the Township of Piscataway, 2011" and may also be cited as the Code, the Revision or the Revised General Ordinances.
[1972 Code § 1-2; New]
For the purpose of this Code and in the interpretation and application of all other ordinances heretofore or hereafter adopted, except as the context may otherwise require, the definitions contained in this section shall apply:
- Shall mean the provisions of the Optional Municipal Charter Law, L. 1950, c. 210, as amended (N.J.S.A. 40:69A-1 et seq.) applicable to that form of government provided therein known as "Mayor-Council Plan F."
- Shall mean the Code of the Township of Piscataway, New Jersey.
- Shall mean the Township Council of the Township of Piscataway.
- Shall mean the County of Middlesex, New Jersey.
- Shall mean an organizational unit of the Township government established or designated by ordinance or this Code as a department, together with any agency or instrumentality of the Township government assigned to such an organizational unit by the Township Council.
- GENERAL LAW
- Shall mean any law or provision of law, not inconsistent with the Optional Municipal Charter Law heretofore or hereafter enacted which is by its terms applicable or available to all municipalities, and the following additional laws whether or not such additional laws are so applicable or available to all municipalities; legislation relating to taxation, local courts, education, health, public authorities serving more than one municipality, and municipalities in unsound financial condition.
- GOVERNING BODY
- Shall mean the Township Council of the Township of Piscataway, duly elected as provided by law, or such other duly authorized body as shall be charged by law with governing the Township.
- HIGHWAY or PUBLIC HIGHWAY
- See Street.
- Shall mean a person under 18 years of age.
- Shall mean a calendar month.
- MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
- See Governing Body.
- Shall mean the Township of Piscataway.
- NEW JERSEY ADMINISTRATIVE CODE or N.J.A.C.
- Shall mean the official instrument of the State for codification of its rules.
- NEW JERSEY STATUTES ANNOTATED or N.J.S.A.
- Shall mean that body of statutory law containing revisions of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey and known as the New Jersey Statutes Annotated, as amended and supplemented.
- Includes "affirmation"; and "swear" and "sworn" include "affirm" and "affirmed."
- OFFICER or OFFICIAL (and the title of an officer or official or of an official body)
- Shall be construed as if the words "of the Township of Piscataway" followed it.
- Shall mean any act of local legislation heretofore or hereafter adopted, and including this Code, so long as it shall have been adopted by the procedure required for the adoption of an ordinance and so long as it shall remain in force and effect pursuant to law.
- Shall mean sole owner and any part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, tenant in partnership, joint tenant, or tenant by the entirety, of the whole or of a part of a building or land, and personal property.
- Shall mean and include corporations, companies, societies, firms, partnerships, associations, organizations, limited liability companies and any other group or entity acting as a unit, as well as an individual.
- PRECEDING; FOLLOWING
- Shall mean next before and next after, respectively.
- PUBLIC GROUND, PUBLIC SQUARE, or PUBLIC PLACE
- Shall mean any and every public ground, public square, public park or other public place within the Township which is within the jurisdiction and control of the Township, and which is or may be in general use by all citizens, and in which all have an equal right of passage and repassage at will.
- REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES
- Shall mean the Code of the Township of Piscataway, New Jersey.
- Shall mean any portion of a street or highway between the curbline or the lateral line of a shoulder, or, if none, the lateral line of the roadway, and the adjacent property line, intended for the use of pedestrians.
- Shall mean the State of New Jersey.
- Shall include highways, roads, avenues, boulevards, courts, public lanes, alleys, circles, terraces, courts, ways, trails, sidewalks, foot paths and all other public highways for vehicular or pedestrian travel.
- TENANT or OCCUPANT
- Shall mean any person who occupies the whole or part of a building or land, whether alone or with others.
- Shall mean the Township of Piscataway in the County of Middlesex and State of New Jersey.
- TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
- Shall mean the governing body of the Township of Piscataway.
- Shall mean seven days.
- Shall mean a calendar year.
[1972 Code § 1-3; New]
For the purpose of this Code and any other ordinances heretofore or hereafter adopted, except as the context may otherwise require:
The present tense includes the past and future tenses and the future, the present.
The masculine gender includes the feminine and neuter.
The singular number includes the plural and the plural, the singular.
"Shall" is mandatory and "may" is permissive.
The time within which an act is to be done shall be computed by excluding the first and including the last day, and if the last day be a Sunday or a legal holiday, that day shall be excluded.
"Writing" and "written" shall include printing, typewriting, e-mail and other electronic communication and any other mode of communication using paper or similar material which is in general use, as well as legible handwriting.
"And" may be construed as meaning or, and or as and, if the sense requires and indicates such meaning.
Whenever a specific time is used in this Code, it shall mean the prevailing and established time in effect in the State of New Jersey during any day in any year.
Any citation of a statute, law or ordinance contained in this Code shall be deemed to refer to such statute, law or ordinance as amended, whether or not such designation is included in the citation.
"Chapter" shall mean one of the major divisions of the Code, identified by an Arabic number, and divided by subject matter.
"Section" shall mean a major subdivision of a chapter.
"Subsection" shall mean a subdivision of a section, identified by a decimal number.
"Paragraph" shall mean a subdivision under a subsection, identified by an alphabetical letter and/or Arabic number.
[1972 Code § 1-4]
If any chapter, section, subsection or paragraph of this Code shall be declared to be unconstitutional, invalid or inoperative, in whole or in part, by a court of competent jurisdiction, such chapter, section, subsection or paragraph shall, to the extent that it is not unconstitutional, invalid or inoperative, remain in full force and effect, and no such determination shall be deemed to invalidate the remaining chapters, sections, subsections or paragraphs of this Code.
[1972 Code § 5-8.1; Ord. No. 08-22 § 5-8.1; N.J.S.A. 40:69A-29]
For violation of any provision of this Code or other ordinance of the Township of Piscataway, unless a specific penalty is otherwise provided in connection with the provision violated, the maximum penalty upon conviction of the violation shall be by one or more of the following: imprisonment in the County Jail or in any place provided by the Township for the detention of prisoners, for any term not exceeding 90 days; or by a fine not exceeding $2,000; or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
Unlawful Solid Waste Disposal. The Governing Body may prescribe that for the violation of an ordinance or Code provisions pertaining to unlawful solid waste disposal at least a minimum penalty shall be imposed which shall consist of a fine which may be fixed at an amount not exceeding $2,500 or a maximum penalty by a fine not exceeding $10,000.
[1972 Code § 5-8.4; N.J.S.A. 40:69A-29]
The Township of Piscataway may prescribe that for the violation of any particular provision of this Code or of any particular ordinance at least a minimum penalty shall be imposed which shall consist of a fine which may be fixed at an amount not exceeding $100.
The Court before which any person is convicted of violating any ordinance or Code provision shall have power to impose any fine, term of imprisonment, or period of community service not less than the minimum and not exceeding the maximum fixed in the Code or in such ordinance.
Any person who is convicted of violating this Code or an ordinance within one year of the date of a previous violation of the same provision of this Code or of the same ordinance and who was fined for the previous violation, shall be sentenced by the court to an additional fine as a repeat offender. The additional fine imposed by the court upon a person for a repeated offense shall not be less than the minimum or exceed the maximum fine fixed for a violation of the ordinance or Code provision, but shall be calculated separately from the fine imposed for the violation of the ordinance or Code provision.
If the Township Council (or Municipal Court) chooses not to impose an additional fine upon a person for a repeated violation of any municipal ordinance, in its discretion, the Council may waive the additional fine by ordinance or resolution.
Any person convicted of the violation of any provision of this Code or any ordinance may, in the discretion of the court by which he was convicted, and in default of the payment of any fine imposed therefor, be imprisoned in the County Jail or place of detention provided by the Township, for a period not exceeding 90 days or be required to perform community service for a period not exceeding 90 days.
If the municipality chooses to impose a fine in an amount greater than $1,250 upon an owner for violations of housing or zoning codes the municipality shall provide a thirty-day period in which the owner shall be afforded the opportunity to cure or abate the condition and shall also be afforded an opportunity for a hearing before a court of competent jurisdiction for an independent determination concerning the violation. Subsequent to the expiration of the thirty-day period, a fine greater than $1,250 may be imposed if a court has not determined otherwise or, upon reinspection of the property, it is determined that the abatement has not been substantially completed.
[1972 Code § 5-8.2; New]
Except as otherwise provided, each and every day in which a violation of any provision of this Code or any other ordinance of the Township of Piscataway exists shall constitute a separate violation.
It shall be the duty of the Municipal Clerk or someone authorized and directed by the Municipal Clerk to keep up-to-date the certified copy of the book containing "The Code of the Township of Piscataway, 2011" required to be filed in the office of the Municipal Clerk for the use of the public. All changes in the Code and all ordinances adopted by the Township Council subsequent to the adoption of the Code which the Township Council shall adopt specifically as a part of the Code, shall, when finally adopted, be included herein by reference until such change or new ordinances are printed as supplements to the Code, at which time such supplements shall be inserted therein.
It shall be unlawful for anyone to improperly change or amend, by additions or deletions, any part or portion thereof or to alter or tamper with such Code in any manner whatsoever which will cause the law of the Township of Piscataway to be misrepresented thereby.
[1972 Code § 2-1A.1]
The Bicentennial Commission has recommended to the Township Council that they adopt an official seal for the Township of Piscataway. The official seal, which the Bicentennial Commission has recommended was designed in 1965 by an artist and delivered to the Township.
The Department of Police and other Township organizations have been utilizing the new seal for a period of time and the Township Council desires that the seal be utilized throughout the Township and be recognized as the official seal of the Township.
[1972 Code § 2-1A.2]
The Official Seal of the Township is the design of Liam Dunne, as accepted by the Township Council and as received on October 27, 1965. This seal is hereby officially adopted.