[Added 2-21-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-3]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any container that has the ability to hold more than two fifty-gallon trash cans of debris, or any container used for the purpose of holding construction debris.
- PUBLIC AREA
- Includes any street, sidewalk, highway, public lane, alley, Township parking lot or other public place in the Township.
No person shall place or utilize a dumpster or permit a dumpster to be placed on or along a public area in the Township of Maple Shade without first having obtained a permit from the Construction Office upon approval from the Police Department.
Application for a dumpster permit shall be made by submission of the following information to the Township Construction Office:
The permit shall be valid for a period of seven days and may be renewed upon application to the Construction Office for additional seven-day periods not to exceed a total period of 30 days.
A permit may be revoked at any time during its term if the placement or use of the dumpster constitutes a hazard to the health, safety or welfare of the citizens of the Township or for any other reason constitutes a nuisance.
No permit shall be issued if the Police Department determines that the issuance of a permit will constitute a danger to public safety or an unwarranted interference with the efficient movement of traffic.
No dumpster shall be placed in a public area in a residential zone unless it is determined by the Police Department that there is insufficient room to place the dumpster on the private property of the person utilizing the dumpster. No dumpster placed on private property, otherwise unregulated by this chapter, shall impede the flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic or safety site lines.
The dumpster shall be equipped with markers consisting of all yellow reflective diamond-shaped panels measuring a minimum of 18 inches by 18 inches. These panels shall be mounted at the edge of the dumpster at both ends nearest the path of passing vehicles and facing the direction of oncoming traffic. The required markers shall have a minimum height of three feet from the bottom of the panels to the surface of the roadway.
All dumpsters shall at all times be kept in good repair and shall be structurally sound and leakproof and shall be painted as to prevent the show of rust or deterioration and shall be constructed to stand firmly upright.
Upon removal of the dumpster, the area shall be swept clean of all loose debris and restored to its former condition in accord with the standards of the Township Engineer.
The applicant shall be responsible for any damage to the roadway or other property caused by the placement of the container.
If the dumpster is not removed at the expiration of the permit, the Construction Code Official shall notify the owner that he has 10 days in which to have the dumpster removed from the premises. In the event the owner fails to comply, the dumpster shall be deemed to have been abandoned and the Construction Code Official may arrange for its removal and the disposal of its contents. The costs associated with the removal of the dumpster and the disposal of its contents shall be a municipal lien against the property. A detailed statement of the aforesaid costs shall be certified by the Construction Code Official and forwarded to the Township Council, which shall examine the certification and, if found correct, shall cause the same to be filed with the Tax Collector and a copy forwarded to the property owner. This amount shall be charged against the land and shall become a lien upon such lands and shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes and shall be collected and enforced by the Tax Collector.