[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Stafford 10-7-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-17. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Removal of brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 68.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 158.
Editor's Note: This ordinance was originally adopted as Ch. 159 but was renumbered to maintain the organizational structure of the Code.
The purpose of this chapter is to protect and promote the public health through the control of the growth of invasive plant species.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
- ENFORCING OFFICER
- The Township Code Enforcement Officer or his designee.
- INVASIVE PLANTS
- All native and nonnative vines and vegetation that grow out of place and are competitive, persistent, and pernicious. These plants may damage trees, vegetation, or structures. This pertains to bamboo (spreading or running type), kudzu vine and ivy or oak.
All property owners must control the growth of invasive plants onto their property and insure that the growth of invasive plants does not spread to adjoining properties. Failure to control the spread of such vegetation beyond the boundaries of the owner's property is a violation of this chapter.
All places and premises in the Township of Stafford shall be subject to inspection by the enforcing officer. Such inspections shall be performed by such person, persons or agency duly authorized and appointed by the Township of Stafford. Such inspection shall be made if that official has reason to believe that any section of this chapter is being violated.
Whenever an invasive plant as defined in this chapter is found to have spread to an adjoining property, a notice of violation shall be given to the owner of the property from which the invasive plant originated, in writing. That person/owner shall be ordered to remove and abate the same within such time as may be specified therein. The time period within which the invasive plant must be removed or abated will be up to but not more than one year. In the event that the property owner fails to properly adhere to and comply with the notice of violation, and after the time period to remove or abate the problem has expired, a continuing violation of any provision of this chapter shall be punished by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $250.
The cost of abatement shall be borne by the property owner.
If the owner fails to comply with such notice within the time specified therein, the enforcing official may remove or otherwise control the invasive plant species, and the Township may thereafter recover the cost.