[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Collingswood 8-16-1971 by Ord. No. 662 as Ch. 42, Art. I, of the 1971 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for an owner or tenant of lands lying within the limits of the Borough of Collingswood to allow to accumulate on said lands any brush, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growth, filth, garbage, trash and debris.
Whenever brush, weeds, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris have been allowed to accumulate on lands lying within the limits of the Borough of Collingswood and the borough shall deem it necessary and expedient for the preservation of the public health, safety or general welfare or to eliminate a fire hazard to remove the same, said borough shall give the owner or tenant of any such lands ten (10) days' written notice to remove the same.
In the event that such lands shall be occupied by either the owner or the tenant, written notice shall be given to such owner or tenant personally or by leaving such notice on the premises with a member of the owner's or tenant's family above the age of fourteen (14) years.
In the event that such lands shall not be occupied, written notice shall be sent to the assessed owner of said land at his last known residence as shown in the office of the Collector of Taxes of the Borough of Collingswood, by registered mail with postage thereon prepaid.
In the event that any owner or tenant shall refuse or neglect to remove the debris within the time limited by such notice, then the borough may remove or cause to be removed all such accumulations as hereinbefore set forth.
In the event that such owner or tenant shall refuse or neglect to remove any such accumulations as hereinbefore set forth and it shall be necessary for the borough to remove or cause such removal, the officer shall certify the cost thereof to the Board of Commissioners.
Upon such certification to the Board of Commissioners of the cost of removal as hereinbefore set forth, the Board of Commissioners shall examine such certification; and if found correct, the cost as shown thereon shall, by resolution of the Board of Commissioners, be charged against said lands.
Upon passage of said resolution by the Board of Commissioners as set forth in § 113-5 above, the assessment so charged shall forthwith become a lien on such lands and shall be added to and become a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon said lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.
Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.), by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days or by a period of community service not to exceed ninety (90) days, or any combination thereof.