[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Manheim as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 7-26-1954 by Ord. No. 1954-9 (Part 9, Ch. 2, of the 1976 Code of Ordinances)]
Editor's Note: Sections 1 through 5, 12, 13, 15, 16 and 17 of Ord. No. 1954-9 were repealed 12-27-1976 by Ord. No. 1976-12. Furthermore, the Shade Tree Commission was abolished by Ord. No. 1982-3, adopted 2-22-1982, and the Board of Commissioners was directed to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties imposed by the First Class Township Code upon shade tree commissions.
No person, owner, tenant or agent owning or having in charge or control any lot or other piece of ground in the Township shall plant, set out, trim or remove any shade tree on any of the public streets or highway within the Township, unless he shall obtain a permit in writing from the Board of Township Commissioners.
Every person desiring to plant, set out, trim or remove any shade tree on or from any public street or highway in the Township shall make application in writing to the Board of Township Commissioners for permission to do so, which application shall state specifically the location and kind of tree proposed to be planted, set out, trimmed or removed, and how it is to be maintained, cared for, trimmed or removed.
In order to secure uniformity and the best results, the kind and the location of shade trees to be planted in and upon the public streets and highways in the Township shall be subject to the approval of the Township Commissioners.
It shall be unlawful for any person to cut, break or injure the roots, trunk, limbs or branches of any shade tree planted or growing in or upon the streets or highways in the Township, or to hitch a horse or other animal to any such shade tree, or to tack or post a notice, handbill or advertisement of any kind upon any such tree, or guards around the same, or to do any other thing whereby any shade tree may be marred, disfigured or injured.
It shall be unlawful for any person to cause or allow any salt water, oil, dye or any other substance deleterious to tree life to lie, leak or flow on or into the soil about the base of a tree in or along any public street or highway in the Township.
In the erection or repair of any building or structure, the builder, contractor or owner thereof shall place such guards around all the nearby trees on the public street or highway as shall effectually prevent injury to them.
The Board of Township Commissioners may, upon 10 days' notice, require owners of property to cut and remove trees afflicted with the Dutch Elm or other disease which threatens to injure or destroy the shade trees in the Township, and thereupon, the Township may exercise the authority vested in it by Section 3027.1 of the First Class Township Code.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 58027.1.
[Amended 12-12-1994 by Ord. No. 1994-28]
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, for every such violation, be subject to a fine or penalty of not less than $25 nor more than $1,000, and costs.