[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood 8-10-1993 by Ord. No. 2423. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter is adopted pursuant to the authority granted by N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.13 and 40:48-2.14.
In the event that the Director of Buildings and Inspections or his designated agent finds that it is necessary and expedient for the preservation of the public health, safety or general welfare, or to eliminate a fire hazard, to remove from any lands situate in the Village of Ridgewood or destroy thereon any brush, weeds, including ragweed, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris, the Director of Buildings and Inspections or his designated agent is hereby authorized and directed to notify, in writing, the owner and, if occupied by a tenant, the tenant or tenants thereof, to remove or destroy the same. The notice shall contain a copy of this chapter. If the owner or tenant does not remove or destroy the same within 10 days after written notice from the Department of Buildings and Inspections, the Department of Buildings and Inspections is hereby authorized and directed to cause the offending material to be removed or destroyed.
Any owner or tenant affected by an order of the Director of Buildings and Inspections hereunder shall have the right, within the ten-day notification period, to file an appeal from the order of the Department of Buildings and Inspections to the Village Manager. The appeal shall be in writing and the Village Manager shall set the matter down for hearing in a summary manner. The Village Manager shall have the authority to affirm, deny or modify the order of the Director of Buildings and Inspections. The decision of the Village Manager shall be in writing and, if action by the owner or tenant is required thereby, the Village Manager shall furnish the owner or tenant an additional period of time up to a maximum of 10 days to comply. Failure of the owner or tenant to comply within said period shall authorize the Department of Buildings and Inspections to move forthwith in accord with the terms of this chapter.
In the event that any of the aforementioned are removed or destroyed by the Village of Ridgewood, the Department of Buildings and Inspections shall certify the costs thereof to the governing body, which shall review the cost and if found correct, shall cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged as a lien against said lands.
The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon the lands and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon said lands and shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.