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Are you in compliance?

PRINCETON —  Princeton Police Chief Tom Root is reminding residents to make sure their properties are in compliance with the city’s nuisance codes.

Root said this is an annual courtesy reminder, but he is issuing it a bit earlier this year because of the recent rains and flooding. The reminder deals with foul odors and filth, rubbish and dry grass on properties, and what happens if residents don’t comply with the city code.

According to Section 9-137 of the Princeton City Code, residents cannot conduct any business or use any premises which creates an offensive or foul odor that would taint the air and render it nauseous to persons in the vicinity. Also, residents may not keep or maintain any animal in an unclean or filthy manner or surroundings, or keep or maintain any animal which emits any particularly foul or offensive odor.

Section 9-137 goes on to state residents cannot cause or permit to be collected or to remain on any premise any animal carcass or other animal matter which is likely to become putrid, foul or offensive. The city code says residents cannot cause or permit to be collected or to remain on any premise any slop or other vegetable matter which is likely to become putrid, foul or offensive.

Dealing with rubbish and dry grass, Section 138 states a person cannot cause or permit the deposit or accumulation of any refuse, oily rags, rubbish or other materials which could constitute a fire hazard. This  section also deals with the accumulation or growth  of dry or dead weeds, grass, vegetation or similar substances which could constitute a fire hazard.

Root’s reminder also refers to Section 9-161 which states the owner of property within the city has the duty to cut weeds or grass, trim trees or bushes and remove nuisance bushes or trees as necessary. Grass and weeds in excess of 8 inches in height shall be subject to cutting.

Root said the police department’s practice when dealing with non-compliance issues is to make contact with the resident either by phone or by going to the door. If no contact is able to be made, the department will leave a written notice on the resident’s door, asking for compliance within seven days. If no action is taken to correct the violation, then a formal letter is sent from the police department.

If the resident does not comply with the city code, tickets may be issued, but that would be done as a last resort, Root said. Also, the police department will contact the city
to take care of the non-compliance issue, at the resident’s expense.

Residents can see the complete listing of city code through the city’s website or may also go to the police station or city hall for more information.

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