[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Hillside 3-9-1977. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Health Department shall order rodent extermination measures that are necessary to protect the public health. When ordered by the enforcing agent of the Health Department, such owner, agent, tenant or person in possession of any land shall take measures to exterminate rodents and shall remove or prevent any suspected rodent harborage.
Whenever it appears to the enforcing agent of the Health Department, after an inspection, that rodent extermination measures are necessary to protect the public health, said enforcing agent shall serve upon the owner, agent or person in control of the land a written notice indicating that rodent extermination measures are necessary.
The notice shall be served upon the owner, agent or person in control either personally or by registered or certified mail, but if the whereabouts of the person are unknown and cannot be ascertained in the exercise of reasonable diligence, and the enforcement agent shall make an affidavit to that effect, then the serving of such notice may be made by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the last known mailing address. In the event that such notice which is sent certified mail, return receipt requested, to the last known mailing address is unclaimed, the enforcing agent may post such notice on the property.
The enforcing agent shall have the discretion to determine the time limit for such necessary abatement measures to effectively exterminate the rodent problem necessary to protect public health.
If the owner, tenant or person in possession of the land in question refuses or neglects to abate or remedy the condition complained of within the time prescribed by the enforcing agent after receipt or posting of the notice, the enforcing agent shall notify the Public Works Superintendent to cause the condition to be abated and remedied and certify the cost thereof to the Township Committee, who shall examine the certificate and, if found correct, cause the costs as shown thereon to be charged against the lands. The amount so charged shall become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes, which shall be collected and enforced by the same officer and in the same manner as taxes. Costs shall be in addition to any penalties imposed for a violation of this chapter.