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Bayonne to strengthen enforcement against trash and weeds

A city ordinance would allow the DPW Director or their agent to investigate and reinspect properties after complaints

An overgrown and fenced in property residents have complained about in the past at the corner of 5th Street and Avenue C, via Google Maps

Bayonne is contemplating allowing more officials to be involved in the regulation of weeds, trash, and other unsightly debris on property.

At its November meeting, the City Council introduced an ordinance that would amend the general ordinances of the city of Bayonne, Chapter 17, entitled Property Maintenance. In that chapter under the section Grass and Weeds, the subsection that would be updated is entitled Notice to Owners or Tenants.

The council voted unanimously to introduce the ordinance. It 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.

Throughout 2022, the city has been seeking to tackle an issue with litter and overgrown brush on certain properties. As recently as July, the city began an enforcement sweep. Now the city is looking to allow another top official to help address the problem.

Notice to Owners or Tenants

According to the current ordinance, “After an investigation of a complaint of any resident, officer or employee of the city, or upon his own motion, the Health Officer or his agent shall investigate the conditions complained of.”

If the reported conditions are found to exist, the Health Officer would notify the owner, tenant, or person in possession of the lands complained of, in writing, either personally or by registered mail, to remove “such brush, weeds, dead or dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growth, filth, garbage, trash, or other debris,” within 10 days after receipt of the notice.

The Health Officer “or his agent” would reinspect the lands in question to determine whether or not the condition complained of has been abated or remedied.

The ordinance would also allow the Director of the Department of Public Works or their agent to investigate and reinspect the lands in question. The ordinance would also add gender inclusive language regarding the Health Officer, that it would be his or her agent that could also investigate and reinspect any lands in question.

For more information, go to bayonnenj.org.

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