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Toms River Sets Fines for Failure to Remove Snow From Sidewalks

It's still your responsibility to remove snow from sidewalks, but Toms River has slightly changed its policy on how the local ordinance requiring as much is enforced.

Previously, according to Township Administrator Paul Shives, the local ordinance requiring snow to be removed from sidewalks in town called for the township to remove the snow using its employees, then placing a lien on the property for the value of the work.

Under a new ordinance adopted recently, the township council voted in favor of doing away with liens and levying a simple fine.

Under the new ordinance, residents or tenants who fail to remove snow in front of their homes are subject to a fine of $100 for the first offense and $200 for each subsequent offense, not to exceed $1,000 total.

Penalties won't be assessed until after a resident is notified of a violation.

""The snow removal ordinance passed at Tuesday's meeting is not about punishing homeowners,  it's about public safety," said Council President Maria Maruca. "Toms River Township needed to have a policy in place that increases the safety for school children and other pedestrians using our sidewalks.

"We have had a very difficult winter, and with residents doing their part, our community will get through any snow emergency and ensure our sidewalks will be returned to safe and passable conditions quickly and efficiently."

The ordinance will be enforced by the township's Division of Code Enforcement, the ordinance said.
JIM March 02, 2014 at 10:03 AM
You know you are right about the elderly and disabled. I think the township should at least provide some help to those people. Maybe employ some kids who would like to make a buck and let them do it. I know it is sad that those people who had that kid clean their property got sued but unfortunately we can't stop doing everything because of some other peoples actions. That money they got is blood money and they will probably never have a moments peace with it and rightfully so. The fines are not very high from what I can see but I did hear they give you a 48 hour window with which to clean the area. That seems more than reasonable and if you are away make the proper arrangements. I think but am not sure that you can also be sued if it is not cleaned and someone slips. My cousin up north pays a young man to clean her driveway and walkway and it works out good for both. Not every parent or kid is looking to run right to a lawyer if something happens. Have a great day and be safe today and tomorrow during the upcoming storm.
Deep Throat March 02, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Code enforcement? I didn't know we had that agency. So I guess it's legal to repair your car for 5 years on your front lawn, or leave heaps of old furniture, mattresses etc on your curb until they finally rot away, or park your commercial vehicle on the street. At least the snow will melt away but these eyesores and many more never get enforced. How much does that guy make?
JIM March 02, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Hey Deep Throat. I don't know where you are talking about but if I had a neighbor doing that and no one took care of it from the township I certainly would. All that does by that slob is attract rats and other rodents. I'm sure there are kids in the area and that is not healthy. Someone should take care of that now. We pay taxes in this town and for what. To have a pig live next door to us. They should fine his rear end till he cannot afford it anymore and move. I hear there is a lot of houses available in Detroit right now.
iamdph March 02, 2014 at 11:35 AM
So concerned over children walking to the bus stops, but they have 4 foot mounds of snow at that designated bus stop. Last time I saw kids standing in the street, which was a sheet of ice from the great plow job with a front loader. Will they pay self imposed fines for doing so?
Av March 02, 2014 at 10:03 PM
TR snow plowers suck always have. Public works suck too

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