[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Tuckerton 5-6-2019 by Ord. No. 5-2019. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to protect and promote the public health through the control of the growth of invasive plants.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- INVASIVE PLANTS
- All native and non-native species of vines and vegetation that grow out of place and are competitive, persistent, and pernicious shall be classified as invasive plants. These plants may damage trees, vegetation, or structures. Examples include but are not limited to bamboo (spreading or running type), ragweed, multiflora rose, kudzu vine and poison ivy or oak.
All persons must control the growth of invasive plants. Failure to control the spread of such vegetation beyond the boundaries of a resident's property is a violation of this chapter.
All places and premises in the Borough of Tuckerton shall be subject to inspection by the Code Enforcement Officer or his designee. Such inspections shall be performed by such person, persons or agency duly authorized and appointed by the Borough of Tuckerton. Such inspection shall be made if that official has reason to believe that any section of this chapter is being violated.
Whenever an invasive plant, as defined by this chapter, is found on any plot of land, lot or any other premises or place, a violation shall be given to the owner, in writing, to remove or abate the same within such time as shall be specified therein. The Borough recognizes that certain invasive plant types can be difficult to eradicate or remove; therefore, the time for abatement will depend on the particular species of invasive plant.
The cost of abatement shall be borne by the property owner.
If the owner fails to comply with such notice within the time specified therein, the enforcing official may remove or otherwise control the invasive plant species, and the Borough may thereafter recover the cost of such removal from the property owner and place a lien on the property to recover the cost of invasive plant removal.