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Borough of Bernardsville, NJ
Somerset County
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This book shall be known and may be cited as the "Revised General Ordinances of the Borough of Bernardsville (1992)" and is herein referred to as the "Revision" or "Code".
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For the purpose of this Revision and in the interpretation and application of all other ordinances heretofore or hereafter adopted, except as the context may otherwise require:
ADMINISTRATOR
Shall mean the Administrator of the Borough duly appointed pursuant to law.
BOROUGH
Shall mean the Borough of Bernardsville in the County of Somerset and State of New Jersey.
BOROUGH COUNCIL OR COUNCIL OR COMMON COUNCIL
Shall mean the governing body of the Borough, constituted and elected pursuant to law.
CLERK OR BOROUGH CLERK
Shall mean the Municipal Clerk duly appointed pursuant to law.
DAYS
Shall mean calendar days.
DEPARTMENT
Shall mean an organizational unit of the Borough government established or designated by ordinance or this Revision as a department, together with any agency or instrumentality of the Borough government assigned to such organizational unit by the Borough Council.
GOVERNING BODY
Shall mean the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Bernardsville.
LICENSED
Shall mean licensed in accordance with the appropriate section or chapter of this Revision.
MONTH
Shall mean a calendar month unless otherwise specifically provided.
MUNICIPALITY
Shall mean the Borough of Bernardsville in the County of Somerset, State of New Jersey, and any corporate successor thereof.
OATH
Shall be construed to include an affirmation where an affirmation may be substituted for an oath. In such cases the words "swear" and "sworn" shall be construed to be equivalent to the words "affirm" and "affirmed."
OFFICER OR OFFICIAL
And the title of an Officer or Official shall be construed as if the words of the Borough of Bernardsville followed it.
ORDINANCE
Shall mean any act of local legislation heretofore or hereafter adopted, and including this Revision, 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.
OWNER
Shall mean 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.
PERSON
Shall mean any individual, natural person, partnerships, joint ventures, societies, associations, clubs, trustees, trusts, corporations or unincorporated groups; or any officers, agents, employees, servants, factors or any kind of personal representatives of any thereof in any capacity, acting either for himself or for any other person, under either personal appointment or pursuant to law.
PRECEDING AND FOLLOWING
Shall mean next before and next after respectively.
PUBLIC GROUNDS, PUBLIC SQUARES, PUBLIC PLACE OR PUBLIC PLACES
Shall severally be construed to mean any and every public ground, public square, public park or other public place within the Borough.
RESOLUTION
Shall mean an action expressing the sense or will of Borough Council on a matter of special or temporary interest. It shall be written and may be adopted at the meeting at which it is introduced, without publication or public hearing.
STREET
Shall include a street, avenue, road, alley, lane, highway, boulevard, concourse, driveway, culvert, sidewalk and crosswalk, and every class of road, square, place or municipal parking field used by the general public.
TENANT OR OCCUPANT
Applied to a building or land, shall include any person who occupies the whole or part of such building or land, whether alone or with others.
WEEK
Shall mean seven days.
YEAR
Shall mean a calendar year unless otherwise specifically provided.
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For the purpose of this Revision 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" includes printing, typewriting 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 this Revision, 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 following a section number.
"Paragraph" shall mean a subdivision under a subsection, identified by an alphabetical letter and/or Arabic number.
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If any chapter, section, subsection or paragraph of this Revision 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 Revision.
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Editor's Note: Penalty provision in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:49.5.
[New; Ord. No. 2002-1295 § 1; Ord. No. 2006-1417 § 1]
For violation of any provision of this Code or other ordinance of the Borough of Bernardsville, 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 municipality 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. For a violation of any housing or zoning code, the enforcement officer 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.
[New; Ord. No. 2006-1417 § 1]
The Borough Council may prescribe that for the violation of any particular provision of the 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.
[New; Ord. No. 2006-1417 § 1]
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 a 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.
[New; Ord. No. 2006-1417 § 1]
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 Borough, for any term not exceeding 90 days, or be required to perform community service for a period not exceeding 90 days.
[New; Ord. No. 2006-1417 § 1]
Except as otherwise provided, each and every day in which a violation of any provision of this Code or any other ordinance of the Borough exists shall constitute a separate violation.
[New; Ord. No. 2006-1417 § 1]
The maximum penalty stated in this section is not intended to state an appropriate penalty for each and every violation. At the discretion of the Judge of the Municipal Court, any lesser penalty, including a nominal penalty or no penalty at all, unless a minimum penalty has been established by the Governing Body, may be appropriate for a particular case or violation.
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It shall be the duty of the Borough Clerk or someone authorized and directed by the Borough Clerk to keep up-to-date the certified copy of the book containing "The Revised General Ordinances of the Borough of Bernardsville, 1992" required to be filed in the office of the Clerk for the use of the public. All changes in the Revision and all ordinances adopted by the Borough Council subsequent to the adoption of the Revision, which the Borough Council shall adopt specifically as a part of this revision, shall, when finally adopted, be included therein by reference until such changes or new ordinances are printed as supplements to the Revised General Ordinances, at which time such supplements shall be inserted therein.