[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Holland 2-16-1988 by Ord. No. 1988-3. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person, firm, corporation or individual connected with such firm or corporation shall do or cause to be done by others to any tree on the right-of-way of any Township road or street, either purposely or knowingly, without the written permission of the Township Committee or its designated agent, any of the following acts:
Nothing herein shall prevent any governmental agency from tying a public notice upon a tree in connection with administering governmental affairs.
Shovels and all other implements, machines and tools shall be used or operated in such a manner as not to damage or destroy any tree, shrub or plant in the right-of-way of any Township road or street.
Where in authorized excavations it becomes necessary to expose or cut roots more than one inch in diameter, it shall be the duty of the contractor to protect such roots under advice from the Township Committee or its designated agent.
Every person, firm or corporation having or maintaining any electric, telephone, telegraph or other wires running through the right-of-way of any Township road or street shall securely fasten and maintain such wires in such a manner as will safeguard the trees and shrubs against any damage therefrom and shall make periodic adjustments whenever necessary to prevent damage to trees and shrubs growing in the right-of-way of any Township road or street.
No person, firm or corporation shall, without written permission of the Township Committee or its designated agent, attach or fasten any wire, insulator or other device for holding any wire to any tree or shrub in the right-of-way of any Township road or street.
Any utility company or its agents may, with prior permission from the Township Committee or its designated agent, prune and remove trees for line clearance of utility wires.
Where permission, consent or approval of the Township Committee or its designated agent is required by the provisions of this chapter, any person, firm or corporation required to obtain such permission, consent or approval shall first make application therefor, in writing, to the Township Committee or its designated agent. The requested permission shall not be unreasonably withheld, and the request shall be acted upon within 21 days of receipt.
[Amended 9-5-1989 by Ord. No. 1989-9]
The governing body may prescribe penalties for the violation of ordinances it may have authority to pass, either by imprisonment in the county jail or in any place provided by the municipality for the detention of prisoners, for any term not exceeding 90 days, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both. The court before which any person is convicted of violating this chapter shall have power to impose any fine or term of imprisonment not exceeding the maximum fixed in this chapter.
Any person convicted of the violation of this chapter may, in the discretion of the court by which he was convicted, and in default of the payment of any fine imposed therefor, be imprisoned in the county jail or place of detention provided by the municipality for any term not exceeding 90 days.