WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Woodland Park Mayor and Council passed 10 ordinances at its last meeting, mostly aimed at putting forth more stringent regulations on local code. Of all the ordinances initially introduced, ordinance 17-21, which covers requirements for trash containers, was withdrawn and reintroduced.
Mayor Keith Kazmark said that tightening up language helps the code enforcement department better do its duties. The top three complaints he said he receives from residents deal with illegal dwellings, property maintenance and speeding.
The ordinances committee, along with Allan Burghardt, code enforcement officer, looked at what needed to be done to maintain the properties in town. The ordinances were crafted using what was working in Totowa, where Burghardt works part time, and in looking at what other municipalities use across the state.
Ordinance 17-14 approved amends the illegal dwellings code within the borough. The code defines what “family” members may reside in any given home and the language takes into consideration traditional and non-traditional relationships. It also defines definitions of kitchens and what facilities are not permitted in basements.
Ordinance 17-18 approved amends the “Maintenance, Exterior of Premises, Landscaping” code to provide more specific requirements for front lawns and patios. It notes that patios are not permitted within a front yard or side yard of any interior lot. Patios may be permitted within the side yard of a corner lot when properly fenced or screened. Premises shall be kept from becoming overgrown and/or unsightly. Vegetation along the public right-of-way shall be kept form becoming a hazard to pedestrians and motorists.
Ordinance 17-20 passed amends the “Certificate of Occupancy" ordinance to include certain proofs of identity required to purchase or rent residential properties. Sec. 2.3 is amended as follows: “All adult occupants shall present photo identifications in person to the code enforcement officer to be photocopied and kept on file. A birth certificate or similar type of identification shall be required for all children or minors showing proof of relationship.”
Ordinance 17-21, which covers requirements for trash containers, was withdrawn by the council as wording changes were substantial enough to require the governing body to reintroduce it.
The new ordinance, 17-24, will have its second reading at the Sept. 6 council meeting. Changes in where garbage cans can be stored was revised due to response to residents.
The new ordinance reads as follows:
“(a) All trash containers, which must have lids, shall be kept in a shed, garage, stored in the side yard or rear yard of the property, or shall be kept within the driveway, at least eighteen (18) feet off the front curb line.
(b) All commercial properties shall keep their trash in approved containers and enclosures as approved by the Planning Board, the Enforcement Office or Health Inspector.”