[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington 5-15-1972 (Sec. 15-2 of the Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall do or cause to be done any of the following acts affecting the trees, plants, shrubbery or other ornamental flora planted or growing naturally within the highways or public places under the jurisdiction of the township, except with a written permit first obtained from the Shade Tree Committee:
Cut, trim, break, disturb the roots of or spray with chemicals any living tree or shrub or injure, misuse or remove any structure or device placed to support or protect any tree or shrub.
Plant or remove any living tree or shrub or climb with spikes any living tree or shrub.
Fasten any rope, wire, electric attachments, sign or other device to a tree or shrub or to any guard about such tree or shrub.
Close or obstruct any open space provided about the base of a tree or shrub to permit the access of air, water or fertilizer to the roots of such tree or shrub.
Pile any building material or make any mortar or cement within six feet of a tree or shrub.
Change the grade of the soil within the limits of the lateral spread or the branches of any such tree.
Every person having control over any wire for the transmission of an electric current along a public highway shall at all times guard the trees through which, or near which, such wire passes against any injury from the wire or cable or from the electric current carried by it. The device or means used shall in every case be subject to approval by the Shade Tree Committee.
No person shall place any guy wire, brace or other device on any such tree in such a manner as to injure it.
No person shall hitch or fasten an animal to any tree or shrub upon a public highway or to any guard or support provided for the same nor permit an animal to bite or otherwise injure any tree or shrub.
No person shall permit any brine, gas or injurious chemical or liquid to come in contact with the stump or roots of any tree or shrub upon a public highway.
No person shall prevent, delay or interfere with any lawful work undertaken by the Shade Tree Committee or its authorized agent.
If any person continues to violate any of the provisions of this chapter after being duly notified of such violation or neglects or refuses to comply with any lawful order of the Township Engineer or other lawful authority, the failure to comply with a second or each of any subsequent notifications or orders shall be construed as an additional violation of this chapter, and each such additional offense shall subject the offending party, upon conviction, to the same penalty as provided for the first offense.