[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners (now Municipal Council) of the Borough of Hawthorne 8-16-1962 by Ord. No. 1052 (Ch. 77 of the 1989 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The owner or tenant of lands lying within the limits of the Borough of Hawthorne shall keep all brush, hedges, shrubs, trees and other plant life within 10 feet of any roadway and within 25 feet of the intersection of two roadways cut to a height of not more than 2 1/2 feet, where it shall be necessary and expedient for the preservation of the public safety, within 10 days after notice to cut the same from the Borough.
[Amended 9-5-2007 by Ord. No. 1912-07]
In case the owner or the tenant of such lands shall neglect or refuse to cut the same in the manner and within the time provided in § 153-1, the same may be cut under the direction of the Chief of Police or Property Maintenance Officer.
In case said brush, hedges, shrubs, trees or other plant life is cut under the direction of the Chief of Police or Property Maintenance Officer, upon the neglect or refusal of said owner or tenant of such lands as aforesaid, said officer shall certify the cost thereof to the governing body, which shall examine the certificate and, if found correct, shall cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against said lands or, in the event that such cost is excessive, to cause the reasonable cost thereof to be charged against said lands. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become and form a part of the taxes necessary to be assessed and levied upon such lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as other taxes and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.
[Amended 12-20-1989 by Ord. No. 1510; 6-6-2007 by Ord. No. 1902-07]
Any owner or tenant as aforesaid violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to a fine not to exceed $2,000 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days or a requirement to perform community service for a period not to exceed 90 days.