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Borough of Spotswood, NJ
Middlesex County
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If a tree or shrub, or any part thereof, along the public highway becomes dangerous to the public safety, the owner of the property in front of which such tree or shrub stands shall remove it or the required part thereof on receipt of written directive to that effect from the Department of Public Works.
The owner or tenant of any lands lying within the Borough shall keep all brush, hedges and other plant life, growing within 30 feet of the intersection of two roadways, cut to a height of not more than three feet. This shall not require the cutting down of any trees where there is vision through the trees at a height of between three feet and eight feet above curb level and where the girth of the tree does not exceed 43 inches, except that such a tree, with a girth measurement exceeding 43 inches, need not be removed if in the opinion of the Traffic Safety Bureau of the Police Department such tree does not constitute a hazardous obstruction to traffic.
If the owner fails to remove the tree or shrub or portion thereof within two weeks after receipt of written notice to do so, the work shall be performed by the Borough under the supervision of the Superintendent of Public Works, who shall certify the cost thereof to the Council.
On receipt of the certified costs, the Council shall examine them and if they are correct shall cause them to be charged against the lands or, if the Council deems the costs to be excessive, shall cause the reasonable cost thereof to be charged against the lands. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon the lands and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied on the lands, shall bear interest at the same rate as other taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officer and in the same manner as taxes.