Clark Officials Want Property Owners To Practice Better Maintenance

CLARK – Township officials are planning to amend Clark’s property maintenance code to allow code enforcers to issue summonses for residential and commercial violations more quickly. A public hearing on the proposal is planned for July 15.

The new provisions would allow the enforcement authority to issue a written warning to residential property owners if a violation is determined to exist. If the violation is not corrected within five calendar days, the property owner will receive a summons and failure to comply will result in a $250 fine. Subsequent offenses will result in a $500 fine. If the enforcement authority finds additional violations within the same calendar year as the initial violation, no further written warnings are required.

Commercial property owners will not have the benefit of a written warning; they will receive summonses immediately and face a $500 fine for the first offense and a $1,000 fine for each subsequent offense.

The hearing will be held during the 7:30 p.m. July 15 council meeting in council chambers at  315 Westfield Avenue.

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