[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mantua as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-8-1973 (Ch. 108, Art. I, of the 1978 Code)]
The preamble in the ordinance included in this article read as follows:
"WHEREAS the Township of Mantua has some residents who inhabit what is commonly described as a mobile home or trailer which often are of considerable size and convenience, fully equipped for permanent modern living and yet freely movable by special towing equipment, but also located with varying degrees of permanency to the land, and"
"WHEREAS some of the aforementioned mobile homes are located in mobile home or trailer parks while others are situate on land owned or leased by the owner of the mobile home, and"
"WHEREAS the residents of such mobile homes enjoy or have available for enjoyment municipal and county governmental services and educational services, and"
"WHEREAS the per capita cost of educating a child in the Clearview Regional Junior High School is $300.35 and the per capita cost of educating a child in the Clearview Regional Senior High School is $1,105.44 and the per capita cost of educating a child in the Mantua Township Elementary School System is $618.40, and"
"WHEREAS the cost of providing (1) governmental services to the county and municipal level and (2) educational services and (3) veterans exemptions and (4) senior citizen exemptions is $5.03 per hundred dollars of valuations, and"
"WHEREAS residents of mobile homes not within a trailer park or mobile home and/or not presently being taxed as owners of real property because such mobile homes or trailer are not affixed to the realty with sufficient permanency to permit real property taxation are now not paying any monies toward the defraying of costs of the aforementioned services, and"
"WHEREAS the Township Committee of the Township of Mantua is desirous of achieving parity and equality of payments among the users of governmental and educational services,"
"NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED THAT:"
Each head of family or household residing in a mobile home which is not located in a mobile home park or upon which real estate taxes are presently not levied shall henceforth procure a mobile home license entitling that resident and his family or household to occupancy in said mobile home and use of municipal and county governmental services and educational services.
Said license may be procured on a quarterly basis or a yearly basis and shall expire, depending upon the license issued, either three months or one year from the date of issuance.
The parking or storing of a mobile home on the premises of the owner shall be permitted without a license if such mobile home is not used as a living or sleeping accommodation.
Any person required to procure a mobile home license as defined in this Article who does not do so according to the terms of this Article shall be subject to prosecution and punishment as a disorderly person in the local Municipal Court.
Every person who would be entitled to an exemption from assessment or credit against the collection of taxes under Title 54 of the New Jersey Statutes shall be entitled to a like exemption or credit under this Article, to the end that if a person so entitled makes claim for such preferred treatment with the Township Clerk of the Township of Mantua, that person, if found to be so entitled, shall pay an appropriately reduced license fee on a quarterly basis with the exemption or credit prorated over the four quarters of a calendar year.
Any person, entity or corporation who or which violates any provision of this article, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by one or more of the following: imprisonment in the county jail or any place provided by the municipality for the detention of prisoners for a term up to but not exceeding 90 days or by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $2,000 or by a period of community service up to but not exceeding 90 days, or any combination of the above.
Each day that a violation exists, occurs, or continues shall constituted a separate offense for the purpose of imposing the penalties referred to above.
[Adopted 4-25-1978 (Ch. 108, Art. I, of the 1978 Code)]
As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- GOVERNING BODY
- The Township Committee of the Township of Mantua.
- MOBILE HOME
- A home, excluding travel trailers and other recreational vehicles, which is a movable or portable unit, designed and constructed to be towed on its own chassis (comprised of frame and wheels) and designed to be connected to utilities for year-round occupancy. The term shall include units containing parts that may be folded, collapsed or telescoped when being towed and that may be expanded to provide additional cubic capacity, and units composed of two or more separately towable components designed to be joined into one integral unit capable of being again separated into the components for repeated towing.
- MOBILE HOME PARK
- A parcel or contiguous parcels of land which has been so designed and improved that it contains two or more mobile home lots available to the general public for a fee for the placement thereon of mobile homes for occupancy.
The following regulations shall apply to all mobile homes located within the Township of Mantua:
A mobile home shall fully comply with the requirements of the Uniform Standards Code for Mobile Homes, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-25.1 et seq.
No more than one family shall reside in any one mobile home.
Each mobile home shall be equipped with an adequate, operative fire extinguisher of a standard accepted brand of manufacture.
No person, partnership, firm, corporation or association shall conduct or carry on the business of the operation of a mobile home park; or work in, occupy or directly or indirectly in any manner whatsoever utilize any place or premises in which is conducted or carried on a mobile home park, unless and until the owner or operator of the mobile home park has applied for and obtained a valid license from the governing body for the operation of a mobile home park on the premises in question.
Said mobile home park license shall be applied for by written application, signed by the applicant and filed with the Township Clerk of the Township of Mantua. Such application shall set forth the full name and address of the applicant, the particular kind or character of business to be carried on or conducted, number of vehicles parked, the location or place of the premises in which the same is to be carried on, the total area of the ground space thereof and a diagram of same. Said application shall also be accompanied by a deposit to cover the license fee for the current year in the amount hereinafter provided, which license fee, after the beginning of the year, as to any licensed mobile home park shall be proportionately prorated for the remainder of the year.
After receipt of application for a mobile home park license, the governing body shall inspect the proposed site or cause inspection thereof to be made by the Police, Health and Fire Departments. If, after inspection, license is granted, said premises shall remain subject to inspection by all township officials at any time of day or night without notice. Any condition found by the officials to be detrimental to the health and welfare of its citizens or the Township of Mantua or in violation of state or local laws or of regulations set forth below shall be remedied within five days after notice, either written or oral, is given to the owner.
After review of the application and the premises involved, the governing body shall pass upon the question of whether the license shall be issued. Upon approval by the governing body, the Township Clerk of the Township of Mantua shall issue a license to the applicant.
Where the governing body denies a mobile home park license to the applicant, the applicant may appeal the decision and seek a hearing before the governing body.
[Amended 8-12-1997; 7-27-1999; 5-22-2001]
The license fee for a mobile home park shall be $600 per year. Said license shall expire on December 31 of each year, and said fee is hereby declared to be expressly imposed for revenue. Said sum of $600 shall be payable in advance for each year.
Each licensee shall maintain a mobile home park registry, which shall be open at all times to the governing body, the Police Department, the Tax Collector and the Tax Assessor and such other township officials as may require an examination of same. Each month two copies of the registry as it pertains to the previous month shall be submitted to the Township Clerk of the Township of Mantua, together with payment of any and all fees due the township as provided herein. The registry shall set forth the type and license or serial number of each mobile home, body type and license number of automobiles, date of arrival, whether still at the mobile home park, and, if not, the date of departure, and the age, name and last permanent address of the owner of each car and mobile home and of each occupant thereof.
No license shall be transferable without permission of the governing body.
No license shall be issued for more than 40 mobile homes in any one mobile home park.
No licensee under this article shall levy or impose upon a mobile home owner an entrance fee of any type for the privilege of locating his mobile home in or on any licensed premises.
Mobile home parks shall be regulated by and comply with the requirements of the Standard for Mobile Home Parks, NFPA No. 501A-1974, ANSI A119.3, as approved by the National Fire Protection Association and the American National Standards Institute, save and except such portions as are hereinafter deleted, modified or amended, of which standard one copy is now filed in the office of the Township Clerk of the Township of Mantua in Volume 11 of the National Fire Code, and the same is hereby adopted and incorporated as if set out at length herein, and from the date on which this article shall take effect, the provisions thereof shall be controlling within the Township of Mantua.
Subsection 3.3.2 of the Standard for Mobile Home Parks, NFPA No. 501A, is hereby amended to read as follows:
Subsection 3.5 of the Standard for Mobile Home Parks, NFPA No. 501A, is hereby amended to read as follows:
The first sentence of Subsection 10.4.2 of the Standard for Mobile Home Parks, NFPA No. 501A, is hereby amended to read as follows: "It is required that each mobile home owner provide for his own protection a listed portable fire extinguisher suitable for handling incipient fires in the home."
Subsection 5.13.3 of the Standard for Mobile Home Parks, NFPA No. 501A, is hereby amended as follows:
Subsection 184.108.40.206 of the Standard for Mobile Home Parks, NFPA No. 501A, shall be amended to read as follows:
Subsection 3.5.2 of the Standard for Mobile Home Parks, NFPA No. 501A, is hereby amended to include the following sentence: "The driveways and lanes of the park grounds shall be illuminated as required by the municipal authorities for streetlighting."
Subsection 6.2 of the Standard for Mobile Home Parks is hereby amended to include the following: "In addition, all permanent buildings shall have lighting fixtures sufficient to allow normal visibility when used at night."
The following additional regulations shall apply to mobile home parks:
The owner or operator of the mobile home park shall provide proper facilities for garbage, waste and trash disposal, including separate cans for each type of disposable material and waste.
Such licensed premises shall at all times comply with all police, health and fire regulations imposed by the governing body or Board of Health.
Water supply must meet all requirements of the township and of the State of New Jersey and must be tested as required by the State Board of Health, and a copy of each report made by the state must be delivered to the Township Committee by the owner/operator of the mobile home park.
The park owner or operator shall inspect each mobile home to ensure that it is equipped with a fire extinguisher before it is permitted to enter the mobile home park.
No personnel shall permit the mobile home park or any mobile home located therein to be used for any unlawful purpose or for any activity which would be injurious to public health or safety, nor shall the violation of any township ordinance or statute of New Jersey be permitted.
Faucets for community water supply shall be installed in accessible locations at distances of not more than 100 feet from each mobile home unit. In addition, not less than one laundry tub and slop sink shall be installed for each unit of 10 mobile homes.
Repair shops for motor vehicles shall be located not less than 20 feet from mobile homes or any buildings.
A mobile home may be brought into the township for repairs or storage without a license, provided it is left with a public garage for that purpose and also provided it is not used as living or sleeping quarters while undergoing repairs or while stored.
In case of failure or refusal to comply with any terms or provisions of this Article, the governing body may, on notice and hearing, refuse or revoke any license applied for or granted hereunder.
Any person, entity or corporation who or which violates any provision of this Article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by one or more of the following: imprisonment in the county jail or any place provided by the municipality for the detention of prisoners for a term up to but not exceeding 90 days or by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $2,000 or by a period of community service up to but not exceeding 90 days, or any combination of the above.
Each day that a violation exists, occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense for the purpose of imposing the penalties referred to above.
Nothing in this Article shall be deemed to permit mobile home parks, as herein defined, in any zoning district of the Township of Mantua where Chapter 230, Land Development, forbids the same.