[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights 2-17-1960 by Ord. No. 819. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the authority contained in N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.26 et seq., the owner or owners or tenant or tenants of any land or premises within the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights shall cause all brush, hedges and other plant life growing within 10 feet of any property line abutting a public thoroughfare to a distance of 15 feet on either side of the point of intersection of two public thoroughfares to be cut to a height of not more than 2 1/2 feet above the curb or crown of the road within 10 days after written notice sent to the last known post office address of said owner or tenant, by certified mail, to cut the same and shall thereafter keep the same so cut to no more than the aforesaid height of 2 1/2 feet.
The aforesaid notice shall be sent by the Superintendent of Public Works, his agent or deputy and shall require the cutting of all such brush, hedges or other plant life and shall set forth the reasons therefor and provide an opportunity to said owner or tenant, within five days of the receipt of said notice, to show cause before the officer sending said notice why the demands therein are not necessary and expedient for the preservation of the public safety and should not be complied with.
In case any owner or tenant fails or neglects to show cause why such cutting should not be done after proper notice, as hereinabove set forth, or cut the same within 10 days, as therein provided, the Superintendent of Public Works, his agent or deputy may, on behalf of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, cause such brush, hedges and other plant life to be cut.
In every case in which, by force of this chapter, the cutting of the foregoing, by reason of the refusal or neglect of the tenant or owner to cut the same, is done under the direction of the Superintendent of Public works, his agent or deputy, the cost thereof shall be certified to the Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, which shall examine the certificate of cost and, if found correct, shall cause the same, as shown thereon, to be charged against said lands or, in the event that such cost is excessive, shall cause the reasonable cost thereof to be charged against said lands, and the amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as other taxes and to be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.
[Amended 5-29-1990 by Ord. No. 1538; 2-10-2009 by Ord. No. 2201]
Any person who shall refuse or neglect, after proper notice, to comply with the demands therein made with respect to the cutting of the foregoing for the preservation of the public safety and general welfare of the citizens of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to such penalties as are provided in Chapter 204 of this Code. Each and every day in which said owner or tenant shall refuse or neglect so to cut said matter shall be and constitute a separate offense.