Township of Scotch Plains, NJ
Union County
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[Ord. No. 68-10]
No person shall remove, dig into, disturb, excavate or take up, or cause or procure to be removed, disturbed, excavated or dug up the surface of any public street, lane, alley, court, sidewalk or other public place or any pavement therein which is under the control of the Township without first having obtained and being in possession of a valid, written permit. It shall be the duty of the director of public property to grant such a permit when all requirements for granting the same have been complied with by the applicant, and any such permit may be revoked by the director of public property at any subsequent time if the applicant does not continue to comply with the requirements of this section. At the discretion of the director of public property, the separate permit required for each opening may be waived in the case of a public utility making numerous openings and shall not be required for the installation of utility poles or guy wires. The application and the issuance of the permit shall be in the name of the party actually doing the work, except in the case of public utilities who have posted bond with the Township.
All applicants for permits shall give at least 48 hours notice in writing to the director of public property specifying the place, kind and approximate size of the excavation or work, and the time required to do the work, except in cases of emergency such as the breaking of a public utility, in which case such notice shall be given to the director as soon as possible.
The applicant in accepting a permit under this chapter, shall be deemed to have agreed to indemnify, defend and save harmless the Township from and against all loss, cost or damages incurred by reason of any damage to any property, injury to any person, or any loss of life resulting from any negligence of the applicant, its agents or servants in performing the work covered by the permit, and the Township in issuing the permit thereby discounts any liability in connection therewith. The Township inspection is solely for the purpose of insuring that the existing facilities are restored, so that the Township will not have the financial responsibility of replacing the facilities.
a. 
Before any permit is granted, the applicant shall make a payment to the director of public property in the sum of three ($3. 00) dollars for each and every proposed opening. This payment is a fee to cover the nominal cost of issuing the permit and is not returnable to the applicant.
b. 
In addition to the above fee, the applicant shall also be required to deposit with the director of public property amounts in accordance with the following schedule .
1. 
For each and every proposed opening the sum of twenty ($20. 00) dollars to guarantee reimbursement to the Township the actual cost of required inspection. The balance of the $20, less the actual inspection cost, will be refunded to the applicant on completion of the project to the satisfaction of the director of public property.
2. 
For proposed openings to be made in flexible-base pavement, the sum of twenty-five ($25. 00) dollars for each square yard of pavement to be disturbed, up to a total of five square yards .
3. 
For proposed openings to be made in rigid-base pavements, the sum of thirty-five ($35. 00) dollars for each square yard of pavement to be disturbed, up to a total of five square yards.
4. 
For any proposed opening to be made in any paved area, a minimum deposit of seventy-five ($75. 00) dollars shall be required.
5. 
For any proposed opening disturbing more than five square yards of pavement, the deposit shall be such sum as the director of public property shall deem to be reasonable under the circumstances.
c. 
The above deposits shall be required to insure compliance with the regulations contained in this chapter, and shall be returned to the applicant, less any extraordinary Township expenses in connection therewith, after he has restored the pavements removed or damaged by the excavation in accordance with all the regulations contained therein.
d. 
Payments and deposits shall be made to the director of public property in cash or by certified chock made payable to the treasurer of the Township of Scotch Plains, New Jersey.
e. 
Public utilities that have posted bond with the Township shall be exempted from the deposit provisions of subsection 15-1.4,b, 1 through 5. The three dollar permit fee and the actual cost of the inspections shall be billed the utilities at reasonable intervals by the Township.
The applicant shall comply with the following rules and regulations:
a. 
The applicant must notify the director of public property and the police department at least 24 hours in advance of the exact time of starting the work on all excavations.
b. 
Written permission to close a road to traffic must first be secured from the director of public property and the police department, and such permission shall only be valid for the time specified Such written approval may require the permittee to give notification of such closing to various public agencies and to the general public.
c. 
The applicant shall keep all road openings properly guarded at all times for the safe passage of all traffic.
d. 
All openings shall be covered or filled overnight unless permission is obtained from the director of public property and the opening is adequately protected. In the case of public utilities, the required permission Is waived.
e. 
It shall be the duty of every person cutting or making an excavation in or upon any public place, to place and maintain barriers and warning devices necessary for the safety of the general public barriers, warning signs, lights, etc., shall conform to the requirements of the director of public property Warning lights shall be electrical markers or flashers which shall be used to Indicate a hazard to traffic from sunset of each day to sunrise of the next day. Electric markers or flashers shall emit light at sufficient intensity and frequency and be visible at a reasonable distance for safety.
Reflectors or reflecting material may be used to supplement, but not replace, light sources. The permittee shall take appropriate measures to insure that during the performance of the excavation work, traffic conditions as near normal as possible, shall be maintained at all times so as to minimize inconvenience to the occupants of the adjoining properties and to the general public. Warning signs shall be placed far enough in advance of the construction operation to alert traffic in a public street, and cones or other approved devices shall be placed to channel traffic in accordance with the instructions of the director of public property.
f. 
The applicant shall open no greater part of such road than shall be reasonably necessary.
g. 
Any road when opened and excavated shall be promptly backfilled and restored.
h. 
Where multiple openings are made, the applicant shall resurface with one strip to prevent a washboard effect.
i. 
Installations shall be in sidewalk areas where possible, and all conduits shall be placed by boring or jacking wherever feasible.
j. 
All valve installations in paved areas shall be placed in concrete to prevent movement.
k. 
If utility companies make the openings, the utility company inspectors will cooperate with the director of public property to see that the openings are kept in repair.
l. 
Permission to cross bridges, culverts or other drainage structures shall first be obtained from the Union County Engineer, or from the Township director of public property before a road opening permit is issued
The backfilling and pavement restoration of openings made under the jurisdiction of this chapter shall comply with the following regulations and specifications:
a. 
Unpaved roads. The applicant shall restore the surface to as good a condition as existed prior to the excavation by replacing so much of the material excavated, if suitable, as is necessary in accordance with standards set by the director of public property. If the backfill material, in the opinion of the director, is unsuitable, the applicant may be required to use select backfill. No backfill shall contain stone larger than six inches in diameter, nor shall shale rock be used. Materials shall be placed in the trench in uniform layers not to exceed six inches of thickness, and shall be thoroughly moistened, tamped and consolidated in place. The surface of the backfill shall be maintained in first class condition as determined by the director of public property for a period of six months.
b. 
Flexible-base pavements.
1. 
All cuts in flexible-base pavement shall be made with a cutting tool, and shall be 12 inches wider and 12 inches longer than the excavation proposed to be made in the earth beneath, so that there will be a shoulder six inches wide on each side and at each end of the excavation.
2. 
The backfill shall be brought up to an elevation seven inches below the elevation of the existing adjacent surface of the pavement, and the backfill shall be placed in accordance with the specifications contained in paragraph a above.
3. 
The backfilled area shall be provided with a temporary pavement which shall consist of seven inch thick layer of compacted bituminous stabilized base. This temporary pavement shall be maintained by the applicant in first class condition as determined by the director of public property for a period of one year or at the discretion of the director of public property. After such period, the applicant shall remove the top two inches of the temporary pavement and shall replace same with permanent pavement consisting of two inches of material as existed prior to excavation. Prior to the application of the finished surface course, the edges of the existing pavement shall be coated with a cutback asphalt.
4. 
The applicant shall notify the director of public property at least 24 hours in advance of the exact time at which he proposes to begin the permanent pavement restoration.
c. 
Rigid-base pavements.
1. 
All cuts in rigid-base pavement shall be made with a concrete saw to a minimum two inch depth cut in concrete, and shall be 12 inches wider and 12 inches longer than the excavation proposed to be made in the earth beneath so that there will be a shoulder six inches wide on each side and at each end of the excavation.
2. 
The backfill shall be placed in accordance with the specifications contained in subsection 15-1.6,a. The backfilled area shall be provided with a temporary pavement which will consist of the same depth of stabilized base as the existing concrete pavement. The placement of the permanent top shall be in accordance with the specifications contained in subsection 15-1.6,b, except that such top shall be placed to the same thickness of that which previously existed.
3. 
Any bituminous topping on the concrete shall be replaced with the same material as the existing material, or as specified by the director of public property to the thickness of that which previously existed.
4. 
The director of public property is to be notified at least 24 hours in advance of starting permanent pavement replacement.
[Ord. No. 68-10; Ord. No. 83-40; Ord. No. 23-06]
a. 
Definitions: For the purpose of this subsection, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings stated herein unless their use in the text of this subsection clearly demonstrates a different meaning. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
LITTER
Shall mean any used or unconsumed substance or waste material which has been discarded, whether made of aluminum, glass, plastic, rubber, paper or other natural or synthetic material, or any combination thereof, including, but not limited to, any bottle, jar or can, or any top, cap or detachable tab of any bottle, jar or can, any unlighted cigarette, cigar, match or any flaming or glowing material or any garbage, trash, refuse, debris, rubbish, metal, plastic or paper containers or other packaging or construction material, but does not include the waste of the primary processes of mining or other extraction processes, logging, sawmilling, farming or manufacturing.
LITTER RECEPTACLE
Shall mean a container suitable for the depositing of litter.
PERSON
Shall mean any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, or political subdivision of this State subject to municipal jurisdiction.
b. 
Prohibited acts and regulated activities:
1. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to throw, drop, discard or otherwise place any litter of any nature upon public or private property other than in a litter receptacle, or having done so, to allow such litter to remain.
2. 
Whenever any litter is thrown or discarded or allowed to fall from a vehicle or boat in violation of this subsection, the operator or owner, or both, of the motor vehicle or boat shall also be deemed to have violated this subsection.
c. 
Enforcement. This subsection shall be enforced by the police department and Code Enforcement Officer of the Township of Scotch Plains.
d. 
Penalties. Any person(s) who is found to be in violation of the provisions of this subsection shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $100.
No person shall ride or drive any horse or other animal or beast, whether attached to a vehicle or not, upon any sidewalk within the Township; no person shall tie or fasten any horse, cow or other animal or beast in such a way that the horse, cow or other animal or beast shall obstruct, stand or be upon any sidewalk within the Township; no person shall obstruct any street, road, land or alley or public place within the Township in any way without permission first obtained from the Township council.
No person shall intentionally break any streetlamp or electric light or maliciously or intentionally injure or cut down any tree, shrub or guard placed around the same or any fence or lamppost within the lines of any street within the Township.
a. 
The owner or tenant of lands abutting or bordering upon the sidewalks of public streets of the Township shall remove all ice and snow from that part of the sidewalks lying in front of their respective premises which is paved with flagging, broken stone, concrete, asphalt or other artificial covering within 12 hours of daylight after the same shall be formed or fallen thereon.
b. 
In all cases in which ice shall be formed upon or adhere to that portion of the sidewalks of any public street of the Township which is covered with flagging, broken stone, concrete, asphalt or other artificial covering, it shall be the duty of the owner or owners, tenant or tenants of land abutting or bordering on such sidewalks to cause such ice to be strewn with salt, ashes, sawdust or sand within four hours after the same shall have formed upon or adhered to such sidewalk, except when the ice shall have formed upon or adhered to such sidewalks during the night, and in that case then within four hours after sunrise of the next following morning, and to keep the ice so strewn with salt, ashes, sawdust or sand until the ice shall be removed as provided in paragraph a.
The owner or tenant of lands abutting or bordering upon the sidewalks of public streets of the Township shall remove all grass, weeds and other impediments (not specified in subsection 15-2.4) from those portions of the sidewalks lying in front of their respective premises, within three days after notice to remove the same, which notice may be given by the building sub code official or health officer orally or in writing .
Whenever the owner or tenant of lands abutting or bordering upon the sidewalks of public streets in the Township shall refuse or neglect to remove snow, ice, grass, weeds or other impediments therefrom, as required by the foregoing subsections of this section, or any notice given thereunder, the snow, ice, grass, weeds or other impediments shall be removed by or under the direction of the building sub code official or health officer, and in the event of the removal of such snow, ice, grass, weeds or other impediments, as provided in this section, the cost of removal as nearly as can be ascertained shall, pursuant to the statute in such case made and provided, be charged upon the books of the Township against the lands abutting upon or bordering the sidewalks, and with interest thereon shall forthwith become a lien upon the lands and shall be added to and form a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, and shall be certified by the building sub code official or health officer to the collector of taxes for that purpose and be collected in the same manner as other taxes.
No person being owner, lessee or tenant of any house or building shall allow any water or other liquid to run from or out of his building or ground upon or across any sidewalk and, if such substance is allowed to pass upon any street, it must reach the same by a passage to be kept at all times adequate and in repair by such person, under or through the sidewalks. No water or other liquid or ice therefrom shall be allowed to gather or remain on the upper surface of the sidewalks or passage; nor shall such person allow any accumulation of water or liquid or the ice therefrom upon any street or place, but shall at all times cause the same to be removed.
Every owner, tenant, lessee and occupant of any building or lot (whether vacant or occupied) within or near the built-up portions of the Township shall keep and cause to be kept the sidewalk and flagging and curbing in front thereof, free from obstructions and nuisances of every kind, and shall not allow anything in the area or yard or on about the premises to become a nuisance or dangerous or prejudicial to life and health.
No person shall take, or allow to go or be taken (having the right and ability to prevent the same) any horse or other animal or any vehicle, upon any sidewalk or footpath in front of any building, to the peril of any person; nor shall any person block up or obstruct any street or place, or contribute thereto.
[Ord. No. 68-10]
No person shall plant, trim, remove or destroy any shade tree or trees within any street, alley, park or public place within the Township without first obtaining the consent of the Township council.
All trees standing on the inner or outer side lines of any of the sidewalks within the Township, which trees or branches thereof shall in any way interfere with or obstruct the free passage of pedestrians walking on the sidewalks or the approaches thereto, or which shall interfere with or obstruct the approach of vehicles to the sidewalks or any of them, or which shall interfere with or obstruct the light from street lamps, shall be so trimmed by the owner of the lands adjacent to the sidewalks upon which the trees may be standing, as not to permit any obstruction to the free passage of pedestrians walking on the sidewalks, or the approaches thereto from the streets, or permit the obstruction of the light from any street lamps along the sidewalk.
The trees shall be trimmed, as referred to in subsection 15-3. 2, by the persons and in the manner therein mentioned under the direction of the director of public property, or such other person as the Township council may designate or appoint.
[Ord. No. 68-10]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 3, section 3-1.
[Ord. No. 81-23; Ord. No. 83-8]
No person shall be permitted to use the Plainfield Avenue Dumpster site unless such person shall first acquire and exhibit a valid permit sticker covering the period of the proposed use.
Only residents of and/or property owners in the Township shall be permitted to purchase, receive and use the permit stickers provided for herein.
Residential debris only as defined by the director of public property may be deposited at the Plainfield Avenue Dumpster site and no other debris will be accepted, even with a permit sticker.
The fee for the issuance of the permit stickers shall be three ($3 . 00) dollars per permit sticker except that the fee for those vehicles described as "pick-up trucks" shall be $15 and shall be valid for one calendar year as indicated thereon.
Permit stickers may be obtained from the Township Clerk upon application of any qualified persons as set forth herein and payment of the required fee.