Bayonne has moved to ensure hot water is available to residents throughout the day.
The City Council has introduced an ordinance amending the general ordinances of the city of Bayonne, Chapter 17, entitled Property Maintenance. In that chapter, under the section Hot Water Supply in Residences and Rooming Houses, the ordinance would change the subsection Minimum Temperature.
Currently, under the existing city code, “every person, firm or corporation who shall have contracted, undertaken, or shall be bound to furnish hot water to occupants of rooming houses or residences occupied by two or more families shall furnish to such occupants or tenants, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily, an adequate supply of running hot water of a minimum temperature of 120° F.” The proposed ordinance would eliminate the time frame from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. to make the requirement “at all times.”
At its November meeting, the ordinance was motioned by City Council President Gary La Pelusa and seconded by City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez. The rest of the council voted unanimously to introduce the ordinance.
The move follows the city reminding property owners of the requirements for hot water back in September. The city also reminded that heat must be furnished at a minimum of 68 degrees F from October 1 to May 1.
Hot water and heat are essential during winter
The city has regulations about heat and hot water in order to provide for the health and comfort of its residents and workers. According to the city, the regulations are intended to prevent people from suffering from the cold in their dwellings and workplaces during the cold weather.
Bayonne also requires that hot water be available for sanitary reasons throughout the year. The only exceptions allowed are cases in which mutual, written agreements exist to vary from the legal requirements.
The city has the authority to enforce the regulations, and property owners and employers who violate the regulations are subject to fines. The Health Division urges all of those responsible for residences and workplaces to ensure that they are in compliance with all relevant regulations.
Tenants and workers who are not being supplied with heat or hot water during the times and dates specified by law should report these problems to the city. During workdays, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., tenants and workers can call the Health Division at 201-858-6100.
On nights, weekends, and holidays, tenants and workers should report the lack of heat or hot water to the Police Department at 201-858-6900. For more information, go to bayonnenj.org.
The ordinance will be up for a public hearing and vote at the next City Council meeting on December 14 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C. For more information, go to bayonnenj.org.
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