Township of Old Bridge, NJ
Middlesex County
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[Adopted as Sec. 4-7 of the 1973 Revised General Ordinances]
A. 
The owner, occupant or tenant of any premises abutting or bordering upon any street in the Township shall remove all snow and ice from the abutting sidewalks of such streets and from any fire hydrant located on the property or, in the case of ice which may be so frozen as to make removal impracticable, shall cause the same to be thoroughly covered with sand or ashes, within 12 hours of daylight after the same falls or forms thereon.
B. 
In case a building is not owner-occupied and is occupied by more than one family or business unit, the tenant or occupant of the first floor or story thereof is hereby required to remove all snow and ice from such portion of the sidewalk and from any fire hydrant located on the property or, in the case of ice which it is impracticable to remove, cover the same with sand or ashes, within 12 hours of daylight after the same forms or falls thereon.
C. 
No person, owner, tenant or occupant of any premises abutting on any street shall throw, place or deposit any snow or ice into or upon any street in the Township, it being the intent and purpose of this provision to prohibit all persons from throwing, casting, placing or depositing snow and ice which accumulated within the private property belonging to such person upon the sidewalks or streets or fire hydrants of the Township.
D. 
In case such snow or ice is not be removed from the sidewalks or fire hydrants or shall be cast, deposited or placed thereon by the owner, tenant or occupant of any premises as provided in Subsections A, B and C above, the same shall be removed forthwith and under the direction of the Township Public Works Director and the cost of such removal, as nearly as can be ascertained, shall be certified by the Township Public Works Director to the Council. The Council shall examine such certification and, if found to be correct, shall cause the cost to be charged against the real estate so abutting or bordering upon the sidewalks and fire hydrants, and the amount charged shall become a lien and a tax upon the real estate or land and be added to, recorded and collected in the same way and manner as the taxes next to be levied and assessed upon such premises and shall bear interest and be enforced and collected by the same officers and in the same manner as other taxes. The imposition and collection of a fine or fines imposed by the provisions of this subsection shall not constitute any bar to the right of the Township of Old Bridge to collect the cost as certified for the removal of the snow or ice in the manner herein authorized.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
A. 
The purpose of this section is to ensure clear passage through streets, roadways and parking areas in garden apartment complexes for ambulances, fire vehicles and other emergency vehicles after a snowfall.
B. 
In the event of snowfall or a series of snowfalls resulting in snow accumulation of one inch or more in depth, the owner or manager of any garden apartment complex in the Township shall remove the snow from the streets, roadways and parking areas of each garden complex within three hours after the same shall fall or be formed thereon.
[Amended 3-4-1991 by Ord. No. 5-91]
C. 
The owner or manager of any garden apartment complex in the Township of Old Bridge shall remove all snow and ice from all sidewalks within the complex and, in the case of ice, cause the same to be thoroughly covered with sand, rock salt or ashes, within three hours after the same shall fall or be formed thereon.
[Amended 3-4-1991 by Ord. No. 5-91]
D. 
Upon the failure of the owner or manager to remove or provide for the removal of such snow and ice, the Township may remove same and the cost thereof charged against the lands of such garden apartment complex from which the snow and ice is removed as follows:
(1) 
The officer or employee of the Township in charge of the removal shall certify the cost thereof to the Township Council.
(2) 
The Township Council shall examine the certificate and, if found to be correct, shall cause such cost to be charged against the real estate of the garden apartment complex.
(3) 
The amount so charged shall thereupon become a lien and tax upon the real estate and be added to and be part of the taxes next to be levied and assessed thereon, and enforced and collected with interest by the same officer and in the same manner as any other taxes.
[Added 9-29-1994 by Ord. No. 59-94]
No owner or operator of premises having parking spaces reserved for handicapped drivers and no tenant, contractor or other person may block access to such parking stalls reserved for handicapped drivers by the plowing, piling or placement of snow or ice in such spaces.
[Added 3-14-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-06]
A. 
The purpose of this section is to ensure clear passage through streets, roadways and parking areas after a snowfall in housing developments still under the control of the developer, where the roads have not been taken over 100% by either the homeowners' association or the Township of Old Bridge where applicable.
B. 
In the event of snowfall or a series of snowfalls resulting in snow accumulation of three inches or more in depth or the occurrence of a freezing rain/ice event at any housing development, where the roads have not been taken over 100% by either the homeowners' association or the Township, the developer shall be responsible to remove the snow and ice from the streets and roadways of each development within three hours after the same shall fall or be formed thereon.
C. 
Upon the failure of the developer to remove or provide for the removal of such snow and ice, the Township Business Administrator may direct the Director of Public Works to perform such snow/ice removal services deemed necessary to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the residents within the development. Thereafter, the Director of Public Works or his designee shall certify the cost of the snow/ice removal to the Township Council. The Township shall send by personal delivery or certified mail written notice to the developer of its failure to perform required snowplowing services, including the costs incurred by the Township to perform these services.
D. 
The enforcement of this section shall be under the supervision of the Township Business Administrator or the Director of the Department of Public Works, who shall cause suitable inspections to be made, where appropriate, relative to compliance with this section and/or to investigate complaints relative to noncompliance with this section. Upon ascertaining a violation of this section, in addition to causing the snow or ice to be removed, the Director of Public Works, his designee, or the Construction Official or his designee shall refer charges in the Municipal Court as provided in this subsection.
E. 
Any developer violating or causing to be violated any of the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than $1,000 and not more than $1,250; said fines shall be in addition to any costs incurred by the Township for snow removal at the housing development. Each and every day in which said violation exists shall constitute a separate violation.