Township of Cedar Grove, NJ
Essex County
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[Adopted by 6-21-1943, Ch. 11, Art. 6, of the former Revised Ordinances]
[Amended 1-9-1978 by Ord. No. 77-64]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BRUSH, WEEDS AND DEBRIS
Includes brush; weeds, including ragweed; dead or dying trees; stumps; roots; obnoxious growths; filth; garbage; trash; or other debris.
[Amended 1-7-1963; 1-9-1978 by Ord. No. 77-64]
It shall be the duty of the Township Health Officer to inspect, within reasonable hours, as often as he may deem necessary or advisable, any lot, yard, lands or premises situated within the Township for the purpose of ascertaining and determining whether the removal or destruction of brush, weeds, including ragweed, or debris from such lot, yard, lands or premises is necessary and expedient for the preservation of the public health, safety or general welfare or to eliminate a fire hazard.
[Amended 1-7-1963; 1-9-1978 by Ord. No. 77-64]
Whenever the Township Health Officer shall find upon any such lot, yard, land or premises any brush, weeds, including ragweed, or debris to such an extent as in his opinion is inimical to the public health, safety or general welfare of the Township or to such an extent as to constitute a fire hazard, he shall give or cause to be given written notice to the owner, lessee, tenant or occupant of said premises to remove therefrom or destroy such brush, weeds or debris in the manner therein set forth within 10 days after service of said notice. Service of any such notice shall be made upon the owner, lessee, tenant or occupant either personally or by posting said notice on said premises and mailing, by certified mail, a copy of said notice to the owner at his last known post office address, if any. Service of the notice by posting and mailing shall be deemed completed upon the posting and mailing thereof.
Any owner, lessee, tenant or occupant, as the case may be, who fails or neglects to comply with the notice duly served as provided in § 100-6 hereof and within the time prescribed therein shall be subject to the penalty prescribed in § 100-9 hereof.
[Amended 1-7-1963; 1-9-1978 by Ord. No. 77-64]
Whenever, after due notice has been given as provided in § 100-6 hereof, the owner, lessee, tenant or occupant shall have refused or neglected to remove or destroy such brush, weeds, including ragweed, or debris in the manner and within the time provided for in said notice, the Township Health Officer shall cause the same to be removed or destroyed by the appropriate facilities of the Township, and the cost of such removal or destruction shall be certified to the Council by such officer. If, upon examination of such officer's certificate, the Council shall find the same to be correct, such certified cost shall forthwith become a charge against said lands and constitute a lien upon said lands, which shall be added to and become and form a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon said lands. The amount of such charge or lien shall bear interest at the same rate and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.
[Amended 12-17-1962; 1-7-1963; 7-30-1984 by Ord. No. 84-222]
A. 
Any person who violates the provisions of § 100-7 of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
B. 
The imposition of the penalty provided for in Subsection A of this section shall not constitute a bar to, or be deemed in substitution of, the exercise of the right and power of the Township provided for in § 100-8 hereof.