[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Burlington 4-12-1966 (Sec. 17:5 of the 1975 General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
An open or unguarded well, cistern, cesspool or excavation in which there has accumulated any surface or drainage water, or any abandoned well, cistern, cesspool or excavation which is no longer being used, situated within the Township of Burlington, is hereby declared to be a public nuisance.
The enforcement official designated herein to provide for the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter shall be the Burlington Township Construction Code Official.
For the purposes of this chapter, an open or unguarded well, cistern or cesspool is one which is not securely covered by a cover sufficient to withstand 500 pounds pressure per each 10 square feet of the cover area, or completely enclosed by a permanent fence at least four feet in height; an unguarded excavation is one which is not completely enclosed by a fence at least four feet in height; and an abandoned excavation is one for which further construction has been permanently discontinued.
Any such public nuisances shall be abated without further notice by the owner of the land on which such public nuisance exists, and all abandoned wells, cisterns, cesspools or excavations which are no longer being used shall be filled and brought to the existing grade.
When any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter fails or refuses to abate any of the aforesaid nuisances, the Township Council may cause such nuisance or nuisances to be abated, and the reasonable cost of such abatement shall be chargeable against the owner of the land on which such nuisance or nuisances shall have existed. Such costs shall be a lien on such lands and shall be assessed against such lands and collected in the same manner as local municipal improvement assessments.