Township of Belleville, NJ
Essex County
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[Ord. #1932 § 1]
There is hereby adopted by the Township for the purpose of prescribing regulations governing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire or explosion, that certain code known as Fire Prevention Code recommended by the American Insurance Association, being particularly the 1970 edition thereof and the whole thereof, save and except such portions as are hereinafter deleted, modified or amended by subsection 13-9 of which code not less than three copies have been and now are filed in the office of the Township Clerk and the same are hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set at length herein, and from August 27, 1974 the provisions thereof shall be controlling within the limits of the Township.
[Ord. #1932]
[Ord. #1932 § 2]
The Fire Prevention Code shall be enforced by the Bureau of Fire Prevention in the Fire Department of the Township which is hereby established and which shall be operated under the supervision of the Chief of the Fire Department.
[Ord. #1932 § 2]
The officer in charge of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be appointed by the Fire Chief or the Director of the Department of Public Safety on the basis of his qualifications. His appointment shall continue during good behavior and satisfactory service, and he shall not be removed from office except on the direction of the Director of the Department of Public Safety or the Fire Chief.
[Ord. #1932 § 2]
The Chief of the Fire Department may detail such members of the Fire Department as inspectors as shall be necessary.
[Ord. #1932 § 2]
A report of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be made annually and transmitted to the director of public safety; it shall contain all proceedings under this Code, which such statistics as the Chief of the Fire Department may wish to include therein. The Chief of the Fire Department shall also recommend any amendments to the code which, in his judgment, shall be desirable.
[Ord. #1932 § 3]
As used in this chapter.
a. 
MUNICIPALITY AS USED IN THE FIRE PREVENTION CODE - Shall mean the Township of Belleville, New Jersey.
b. 
CORPORATION COUNSEL AS USED IN THE FIRE PREVENTION CODE - Shall mean the Township Attorney for the Township of Belleville, New Jersey.
[Ord. #1932 § 4]
The limits referred to in Section 12.5b of the Fire Prevention Code in which storage of explosives and blasting agents are prohibited, are hereby established as follows: In all sections of the Township which are presently established as Class A, B, C and business zones under the provisions of the Zoning Code of the Township of Belleville, in any section of property known as the Forest Hill Field Club which lays in the boundaries of the Township in any property which is under the jurisdiction of the County of Essex and known as Belleville Park, Essex County Isolation Hospital and Hendricks Field Golf Course areas; and, in or upon all property belonging to the City of Newark, New Jersey and known as the Belleville Reservoir.
[Ord. #1932 § 5]
a. 
The limits referred to in Section 16.22a of the Fire Prevention Code in which storage of flammable liquids in outside aboveground tanks is prohibited throughout the Township of Belleville, New Jersey.
b. 
The limits referred to in Section 16.61 of the Fire Prevention Code, in which new bulk plans for flammable or combustible liquids are hereby established as follows: No bulk plant shall be established in any section of the Township of Belleville, New Jersey.
[Ord. #1932 § 6]
The limits referred to in Section 21-6a of the Fire Prevention Code in which bulk storage of liquefied petroleum is restricted, are hereby established as follows: In all sections of the Township presently established as Class A, B, C or business zones under the provisions of the Zoning Code of the Township, in any section of property known as the Forest Hill Field Club which lays in the boundaries of the Township of Belleville, New Jersey; in any property which is under the jurisdiction of the County of Essex and known as Belleville Park, Essex County Isolation Hospital and Hendricks Field Golf Course; and in or upon all property belonging to the City of Newark, New Jersey, and known as the Belleville Reservoir.
[Ord. #1932 § 7]
The routes referred to in Section 12.7m of the Fire Prevention Code for vehicles transporting explosives and blasting agents shall be approved by the Fire Chief, Chief of Police and the Department of Transportation.
[Ord. #1932 § 8]
The routes referred to in Section 20.14 of the Fire Prevention Code for vehicles transporting hazardous chemicals and other dangerous articles shall be approved by the Fire Chief, Chief of Police and the Department of Transportation.
[Ord. #1932 § 9]
The fire lanes referred to in Section 28.16 of the Fire Prevention Code shall be approved by the Fire Chief, Chief of Police and the Department of Transportation.
[Ord. #1932 § 10; Ord. #1951]
The Fire Prevention Code of 1970 is hereby amended by the addition of the following sections to Article 14, Section 14.4, Automatic Sprinkler Systems.
Section 14.4 f
a. All new structures and/or additions in the Township of Belleville which are designed and constructed to hold 20 or more persons at any time other than structures designed and used for private residential purposes shall be protected throughout by an automatic sprinkler system with a Fire Department outside siamese connection, which system shall be of a type approved by the Bureau of Fire Prevention of the Township of Belleville as a result of its investigation, knowledge and experience; or by reason of test, listing of approval by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., the National Bureau of Standards, the American Gas Association Laboratories; provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not be applicable to a structure that is designed as a fire resistive type A building with class A interior finish, as defined by that certain building code known as the Standard Building Code of New Jersey adopted by the Township of Belleville, and all supplements, amendments and additions thereto, and which building is occupied or to be occupied as a low hazard occupancy, as defined by Chapter 4, Section 2122 of the National Fire Code "Building Construction and Facilities" 1970-1971 edition, published by the National Fire protection Association, 60 Batterymarch Street, Boston, Massachusetts. In the event the occupancy of a fire resistive type A building with class A interior finish as defined as set forth above, changes from a low hazard occupancy, defined as set forth above, to some other type of occupancy, such building will be required to be sprinklered in accordance with the provisions hereof as a condition precedent to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
b. All structural additions to the existing sprinklered buildings except those building hereinbefore exempted from the requirements of this chapter shall be sprinklered as set forth in subsection (a) hereof.
Section 14.4 g - Internal Water Flow Alarm Required.
Sprinkler systems shall be provided with an internal and external water flow alarm which system shall be of a type approved by the Bureau of Fire Prevention of the Township of Belleville as a result of its investigation, knowledge and experience; or by reason of test, listing or approval by the Underwriter's Laboratories, Inc., the National Bureau of Standards, the American Gas Association Laboratories or other nationally recognized and accepted testing laboratories.
Section 14.4 h - Installation in Basements to be amended as follows:
a. Approved automatic sprinkler systems shall be installed in all basement areas exceeding 2,000 square feet, when used for manufacture, sale or storage of combustible goods or merchandise (not including garages) or having a bowling lane or restaurant occupancy.
b. In buildings used for assembly, educational, institutional and residential occupancies, approved automatic sprinkler systems shall be installed in portions of basement areas used for work shop or storage spaces when the total of such spaces exceeds 2,000 square feet, the entire basement area shall be sprinklered.
"ARTICLE 6 - Cellulos Nitrate Plastics (Pyroxylin)".
Section 7:
7a Plastics in General.
7b No structure being used in the recycling of any of the materials classified within the plastic family shall be allowed to expend its present Facility.
7c The manufacturing, storage, recycling or other process dealing with the plastic industry shall be prohibited from establishing within the Township of Belleville, New Jersey.
[Ord. #1932 § 11]
The officer in charge of the Bureau of Fire Prevention with the written approval of the Fire Chief and the Director of Public Safety, shall have the power to modify any of the provisions of the Fire Prevention Code upon application, in writing, by owner or lessee, or his duly authorized agent, when there are practical difficulties in the way of carrying out the strict letter of the code, provided that the spirit of the code shall be observed, public safety secured, and substantial justice done. The particulars of such modifications when granted or allowed and the decision of the officer in charge of the fire prevention bureau thereon shall be entered upon the records of the department and a signed copy shall be furnished the applicant.
[Ord. #1932 § 12]
Whenever the Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall disapprove an application or refuse to grant a permit applied for or when it is claimed that the provisions of the code do not apply or that the true intent and meaning of the code have been misconstrued or wrongly interpreted, the applicant may appeal from the decision of the Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention to the Director of Public Safety within 30 days from the date of the decision appealed.
[Ord. #1932 § 13]
The Director of Public Safety, the Chief of the Fire Department and the officer in charge of the fire prevention bureau shall act as a committee to determine and specify, after giving affected persons an opportunity to be heard, any new materials, processes or occupancies, which shall require permits, in addition to those now enumerated in the code. The officer in charge of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall post such list in a conspicuous place in his office, and distribute thereof to interested persons.
[Ord. #1932 § 14]
a. 
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of the code hereby adopted or fail to comply therewith, or who shall violate or fail to comply with any order made thereunder, or who shall build in violation of any detailed statement of specifications or plans submitted and approved thereunder, or any certificate or permit issued thereunder, and from which no appeal has been taken, or who shall fail to comply with such an order as affirmed or modified by the Bureau of Fire Prevention or by a court of competent jurisdiction, within the time fixed herein, shall severally for each and every such violation and noncompliance respectively, be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine as stated in Chapter 3, Section 3-24. The imposition for one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue; and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations or defects within a reasonable time; and when not otherwise specified, each 10 days that prohibited conditions are maintained shall constitute a separate offense.
b. 
The application of the above penalty shall not be held to prevent the enforced removal of prohibited conditions.
[Ord. #2021; Ord. #2089; Ord. #2525; Ord. #2532; Ord. #2535; Ord. #2620; Ord. #2721; Ord. #3018]
[Ord. #2021 § 1; Ord. #3153]
It is hereby determined that the operation and parking of motor vehicles in close proximity to buildings devoted for public uses including shopping centers, stores, theatres, bowling alleys, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, public buildings, churches, restaurants, dance halls, multi-family dwellings and similar uses, may constitute a danger to public health, safety and welfare in the approach, operation and the departure of fire fighting and other emergency equipment.
The parking of motor vehicles or otherwise obstructing lanes shall be prohibited at all times, and the fire lanes established pursuant hereto shall be posted with signs and each lane shall be marked by yellow striped pavement to that effect at the cost and expense of the owner of the property.
[Ord. #2021 § 2; Ord. #3153]
The Fire Chief is hereby authorized, subject to approval by ordinance, adopted by the Township Council, to establish fire zones on private properties in the Town devoted to public uses, including but not limited to shopping centers, stores, theatres, bowling alleys, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, public buildings, churches, restaurants, dance halls, multi-family dwellings and similar uses, where the operation and parking of motor vehicles in close proximity to buildings located on such properties would prevent adequate ingress, egress and the operation of fire equipment and other emergency vehicles.
[Ord. #2021 § 3; Ord. #3153]
All fire hydrants on private property in which a fire zone is established, which may become covered by snow, shall have such snow removed within three hours after the snow ceases to fall in order to enable the Fire Department to locate the fire hydrant.
[Ord. #2021 § 4; Ord. #3153]
The fire zones to be established pursuant to subsection 13-15.2 of this section shall be designated in such areas of such private properties as will insure fire equipment and other emergency vehicles unobstructed means of ingress and egress and operation to such properties in the event of fire or other emergency.
[Ord. #2021 § 5; Ord. #3153]
The parking of motor vehicles on all internal roads providing ingress and egress to multi-family dwellings shall be limited to no parking on one side of the road and "No Parking" signs shall be posted at the expense of the owner in accordance with the direction of the Fire Chief.
[Ord. #2021 § 6; Ord. #3153]
The number, location, width, length and marking of such fire zones shall be determined by the Fire Official in conjunction with the Fire Chief and Police Chief, subject to approval by ordinance adopted by the Township Council. Such determination and approval shall be based upon the size, type of construction and location of the building or buildings involved; the use to which the property, building or buildings is put; the number of motor vehicles operated or parked upon the property; the number of persons using and occupying the property, building or buildings; the existing means of ingress and egress to and from the property, including the size of the parking lot; and all other factors which are relevant to the public health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the town.
[Ord. #2021 § 7; Ord. #2089 § 1; Ord. #2525; Ord. #2532; Ord. #2620; Ord. #2721; Ord. #3018; Ord. #3153; Ord. #3203]
a. 
Property at 364-416 Main Street. (Original Date 10-78)
1. 
20 feet from curb extending the entire length of the store in the complex and the west side for approximately 795 feet.
2. 
20 feet from the property line the entire length of the rear of satellite stores #2 and #3, approximately 180 feet.
3. 
Area to the rear of south end of the complex connecting the rear fire lane street access to the rear driveway of the satellite stores.
4. 
20 feet from north side of building extending approximately 160 feet.
b. 
371-411 Main Street currently owned by K-Mart: (Original Date 10-78) 35 feet from store sidewalk-curb extending the entire length of the store on the south side for 321 feet.
c. 
115 Belmont Avenue currently Pathmark Store, (Original Date 7-80) shall be determined a fire zone: 20 feet from curb line extending the entire length of storefront on the north side of the building, a distance of 323 feet.
d. 
298 Union Avenue known as the Philmore Apartments, (Original Date 12-90)
1. 
Front of building from center-line for a distance 25 feet south along Union Avenue.
e. 
725 Joralemon Street, currently known as Bridgebrook Estates: (11-90)
1. 
Fire lane extending across the front of the complex 18 feet from the curb, for a distance of 100 feet in each direction from northwest to southeast for a total of 200 feet.
2. 
Fire zones: (a) at the southwest rear gate at exit to Fairway Court; and (b) east side of complex at emergency gate at north end of Overhill Road. These fire zones will be posted and marked in yellow paint in an area 23 feet by 23 feet.
f. 
100 Passaic Avenue, Belleville High School: (11-90)
1. 
Fire lane in rear of school on southeast side for 125 feet along gym and steps and extending 69 feet across home economics section.
2. 
Fire zone at east side of school at exit from boiler room marked for an area six feet wide extending 12 feet from step.
g. 
675 Joralemon Street: (Original Date 4-93)
1. 
The total length of the driveway from the sidewalk to the south end of the building corner, which is 75 feet.
2. 
The south end of the building from the last garage to the end of the building, which is 42 feet long and four feet out from the building.
h. 
River Mill West, Mill Street: (Original Date 4-93)
1. 
The total length of the main driveway in front of Building 750D Mill Street, between the two parking lots, which is 110 feet.
2. 
Opposite Building 710H Mill Street, at the end of the parking area, designated by an "x", and west two spaces which is 20 feet.
3. 
All areas at the entrances to the parking lots between buildings on each side of the two already existing spaces.
4. 
At Building 9A, Montgomery Street, the total length of the curbing on the southeast side of building, which is 60 feet.
i. 
90 Ralph Street and 309 Main Street: (Original Date 4-93)
1. 
Main Street Driveway on left for a length of 50 feet in front of 309 Main Street.
2. 
Main Street Driveway on right side at curve from rear of Building #90 Stephens Street east 55 feet.
j. 
71-73 Harrison Street: (Original Date 4-93)
1. 
Right side of driveway from sidewalk west 60 feet and seven feet out from building as marked.
2. 
Rear parking lot on southside between designated parking spaces at apartments B-0 and B-8 for a distance of 24 feet wide by 100 feet from building west, as marked.
k. 
Union Glen Condominiums, Union Avenue: (Original Date 4-93)
1. 
At the end of Wesley Place from the Nutley line to the fence of Union Glen. To be marked, "No Parking, Fire Zone".
2. 
On Berton Place along the fence before the access gate, and including the gate area. To be marked, "No Parking, Fire Zone".
l. 
#7 Sanford Avenue: (Original Date 2-94)
1. 
Driveway, both sides for a distance of 35 feet, south: and
2. 
Front from the driveway west to the end of the driveway of #9 Sanford Avenue.
m. 
486-492 Joralemon Street, known as Denna Villa: (Original Date 9-96)
1. 
The designated area is both sides of the driveway up to the parking lot.
2. 
The area on the east side from the sidewalk on Joralemon Street north 75 feet to the parking space #10, and
3. 
The area from space #10 to parking space #9.
4. 
On the west side from the sidewalk on Joralemon Street north 83 feet to parking space #11.
5. 
Center section of lot, striped and lettered "NO PARKING FIRE ZONE." (9/07)
n. 
580 Washington Avenue, Property owned by Belleville Apartments Associates:
1. 
From the front of the building towards the rear (east), 105 feet and eight feet out from the building. (2/04)
o. 
504-506 Joralemon Street, known as Blueberry Knoll. (9-07)
1. 
From Joralemon street north 155 feet and to encompass the entire width of the roadway (19 feet).
p. 
St. Peters School Dow Street Entrance. (Original Date 9-07)
1. 
The designated area is the entire driveway entering from Dow Street.
q. 
St. Anthony's School, North 71h Street. (9/07)
In the rear of the building, extending 300 feet from the northernmost edge of the building through the southern end. This area will extend 18 feet from the rear of the building.
r. 
City Homes at Essex Park, Franklin Avenue. (9/07)
All streets identified by two-foot wide yellow striping designated as no parking.
s. 
Clara Maass Medical Center (Rear of Main Building):
1. 
From the Emergency Room access to the rear driveway into the loading area of the hospital, 455 feet.
2. 
The rear driveway of the Continuing Care Unit, 260 feet.
3. 
The front driveway of the Continuing Care Unit, 235 feet.
4. 
The front access of Kidde Hall that is accessed through the employee parking lot, 250 feet.
[Ord. #2021 § 8; Ord. #3153]
If any person shall be aggrieved by the action of the Fire Chief, appeal in writing to the Township Council may be taken by filing a notice of appeal with the Township Clerk. A hearing shall be had on notice to the appellant who shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard. After such hearing the Township Council may affirm, modify or reverse the action of the Fire Chief.
[Ord. #2021 § 9; Ord. #3153]
The fire chief of the Township subject to the approval by resolution, adopted by the Township Council, is further authorized to promulgate regulations limiting, restricting or prohibiting the operation or parking of motor vehicles within the fire zones authorized to be established pursuant to subsection 13-15.2 of this section.
[Ord. #2021 § 10; Ord. #3153]
It shall be the duty of the Police Department and/or the Fire Official to enforce the provisions of this section.
[Ord. #2021 § 11; Ord. #2535; Ord. #3153]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the regulations to be promulgated pursuant to this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not to exceed $100, or to imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not to exceed 30 days, or both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the Municipal Judge.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any fire lane regulation to be promulgated pursuant to this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of $50. These fire zones shall also be designated as "Tow Away" zones.
[Ord. #3119]
[Ord. #3119; Ord. #3229]
a. 
The New Jersey State Department of Health has issued licensure for the Belleville Township Emergency Medical Services (the Program) administered by the Belleville Emergency Medical Services (the Division); and
b. 
The program has been in operation providing experience and statistics regarding the service and the patients served; and
c. 
The division has a "Provider Number" from the Federal and State Medicare/Medicaid Programs, enabling the municipality to institute Third Party Payment Plan (the Payment Plan); and
d. 
Most residents have a health insurance plan or Medicare/Medicaid, which provides payments to relieve their payment obligations;
e. 
The Township shall not balance bill the deductibles and co-pays for the Belleville Township residents including those covered by Medicaid/Medicare, nor bill those Belleville Township residents for payment obligations without insurance coverage;
f. 
It is in the best interest of the taxpayers of the Municipality to establish a new "Rate Structure" to keep pace with increased costs of operation and inflation trends to establish a transportation and mileage fees structure at $800 transportation fee and the mileage to $10.50 per mile, so that taxpayers will not be responsible for any out of pocket expenses.
1. 
The Director of the Division of EMS (the Director) and the Chief Financial Officer of the Municipality (the CFO) in consultation with the municipality's EMS Program Consultant will be responsible for the Plan's Billing.
2. 
The fee service shall be established at $800 base rate, plus $10.50 per mile per trip.
3. 
The Director and the CFO shall annually review the Plan's cost accounting records. The CFO shall obtain an industry average.
4. 
Dynamic Claims Management, Inc. is authorized to enter into contracts with various hospitals that provide (ALS) services to the patients that are transported by Belleville Township Emergency Medical Services allowing the hospitals to bundle bill Medicare for services rendered. The hospital will reimburse the Municipality for its transportation costs within 30 days of receiving payment.
5. 
The CFO shall annually, no later than March 1, adjust the fee for services as set forth in paragraph f.2 herein pursuant to the recommendation of the Director and the EMS Program Consultants.
6. 
A certified copy of this section shall be filed with the applicable Federal and/or State agencies.
g. 
If any paragraph, subdivision, clause or provision of this section shall be adjudged invalid, such adjudication shall apply only to the paragraph, subdivision, and clause or provision so adjudged and the remainder of the section still remains valid and effective.