[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Boonton 1-28-1991 by Ord. No. 445. Amendments noted where applicable.]
All owners or tenants of land lying within the limits of the Township are hereby required to keep all brush, hedges and other plant life growing 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 necessary for the preservation of the public safety, within 10 days after notice to cut the same shall have been given to the owner or tenant of lands affected; and remove or destroy brush, weeds, including ragweed, dead and dying trees, stumps, roots, obnoxious growths, filth, garbage, trash and debris where necessary and expedient for the preservation of the public health, safety and welfare or to eliminate a fire hazard, within 10 days after notice to remove or destroy the same shall have been given to the owner or tenant of lands affected.
The notice required shall be given to the owner or tenant of lands aforesaid by any duly authorized agent of the Township, in writing, and served personally upon the owner or tenant of lands if the person to be served is a resident of the Township and is available for service, and if not, by mailing by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the last known address, and in the event that the address cannot be ascertained, then service may be made by posting such notice on the premises.
The notice shall substantially direct the owner or tenant of lands to whom it is addressed to abate the condition complained of within 10 days after receipt of notice. In the event of his refusal or neglect to do so in the manner directed by the duly authorized agent of the Township and within the time herein provided, the agent who issued the notice is hereby authorized and directed to cause the condition complained of to be abated in accordance with this section and certify the costs thereof to the Township Committee. It shall examine the certificate and, if found correct, shall cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against the lands of the owner or tenant or, in the event that such cost is excessive, cause the reasonable cost thereof to be charged against the lands.
The amount so charged shall become a lien upon the lands affected and shall be added to and become part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon the lands, the same to bear interest at the same rate as other taxes and to be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes are collected and enforced in the Township. Costs shall be in addition to any penalties imposed for any violation of this section.
[Amended 4-9-2007 by Ord. No. 739]
Any person who shall violate this chapter or any of its provisions shall be subject, upon conviction, to the penalties provided in § 1-15 of this Code.