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Borough of Closter, NJ
Bergen County
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[Adopted 11-22-1967 by Ord. No. 1967:179 as Art. II of Ch. 91 of the 1967 Code]
[Amended 1-3-1994 by Ord. No. 1993:663; 9-10-2014 by Ord. No. 2014:1172]
The Borough requires prompt removal of snow and ice from public sidewalks. Every person, partnership, corporation, or other entity in charge or control of any building or property within the Borough, whether an owner, tenant, occupant, lessee or otherwise (hereinafter "person"), shall remove and clear away or cause to be removed and cleared away snow and ice from the sidewalk(s) in front of or abutting said building or property along with all walkways, handicapped ramps, staircase (including steps), driveways and parking areas. Snow and ice shall also be removed to provide access to all fire hydrants located on the property.
All sidewalks, walkways, handicapped ramps or staircases shall be cleared to a width of 30 inches or the maximum width of the sidewalk, walkway, handicapped ramp or staircase, whichever is less. These areas must be cleared in a manner to provide access to all crosswalks.
Snow and ice shall be removed and cleared from the aforementioned places within 12 hours of daylight after the end of the weather event and at all times thereafter shall be kept free and clear of snow, slush and ice.
In the event that it shall be impossible, due to weather conditions, to remove any ice formation, the same shall be rendered safe by the person responsible for its removal within the time referenced in Subsection C, above, by the placement of sand or other approved substance on the area to render the same safe for pedestrians.
The provisions of this section are the obligation of the property owners, irrespective of whether the owners occupy the structure or not. Owners continue to have such obligations even while temporarily away from their property (such as on vacation) and are advised to make arrangements to have their property cleared, consistent with the provisions of this section, during such times.
No person shall throw, place or deposit snow or ice into or on any public street, sidewalk or private property belonging to another.
[Added 7-26-2017 by Ord. No. 2017:1227]
The owner or owners, tenant or tenants of lands abutting or bordering upon the sidewalks of public streets, avenues and highways within the limits of the Borough of Closter shall keep trimmed all grass and weeds bordering such sidewalks and shall remove all bushes, brush, undergrowth and other impediments bordering such sidewalks and existing between the curbline of such street, avenue or highway and the property line of the abutting property.
[Amended 11-23-1992 by Ord. No. 1992:643; 9-10-2014 by Ord. No. 2014:1172]
In the event that the person responsible for the removal and clearance of snow and ice, as set forth and required by § 171-13, or for the removal of all grass, weeds, bushes, undergrowth or other impediments bordering said sidewalks, as set forth and required by § 171-14, within three days after notice to remove same, the Superintendent of Public Works may cause such work to be done under his or her direction and he or she shall certify the cost thereof to the Mayor and Council.
[Amended 11-23-1992 by Ord. No. 1992:643]
The cost of such removal of ice, snow, grass, weeds, bushes, brush, undergrowth or other impediments, as certified by the Superintendent of Public Works, if found correct by the Mayor and Council, shall forthwith become a lien upon the lands abutting or bordering upon said sidewalks and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, and the same shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes.
The Mayor and Council shall, upon receiving the certificate of cost aforesaid from the Superintendent of Public Works, examine the same and, if found correct, shall adopt a resolution directing that the cost as aforesaid shall be charged against the land abutting or bordering any such sidewalk from which snow, ice, grass, weeds, bushes, brush, undergrowth or other impoundments have been removed under the direction of the Superintendent of Public Works, as hereinbefore directed, and shall cause a certified copy of such resolution to be delivered to the Borough Tax Collector, who shall collect such charges at the time of the collection of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands.
[Amended 11-23-1992 by Ord. No. 1992:643; 1-3-1994 by Ord. No. 1993:663]
Any owner or owners, tenant or tenants violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a penalty as set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, Violations and Penalties, of this Code.
[Added 9-10-2014 by Ord. No. 2014:1172]
The provisions of this article are enforced by the Borough's Code Enforcement Official or his/her designee.