[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Mayor and Council) of the Township of North Brunswick: Article I, 7-5-1966. Section 135-6 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
The owner or tenant of any lands lying within the limits of the Township of North Brunswick shall 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, at a height of not more than 2 1/2 feet where it shall be determined necessary and expedient for the preservation of the public safety, within 10 days after notice to cut and remove the same.
Such notice to cut and remove objectionable brush, hedges and other plant life shall be given by the Township Clerk to the owner or tenant by registered mail to the last known post office address.
The Mayor and Council shall from time to time determine by resolution as to whom such notice shall be given pursuant to this Article.
In the event of the failure of any owner or tenant 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 after written notice thereof, the Township of North Brunswick may proceed to cause the cutting and removal of such brush, hedges and other plant life under the direction of the Superintendent of Streets and Sewers.
In any case where the township has cut and removed brush, hedges and other plant life, the Superintendent of Streets and Sewers shall thereafter certify to the Mayor and Council the cost thereof, and if the amount so certified is by resolution of the Mayor and Council determined to be correct and reasonable, the Township Clerk shall forthwith deliver a certified copy of said resolution to the Tax Collector. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands from which the brush, hedges and other plant life were cut and removed, and shall be added to and become and form part of the taxes next 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 Tax Collector in the same manner as taxes, as authorized by Sections 40:48-2.26 and 40:48-2.27 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey.
[Amended 9-6-1977; 4-17-2006 by Ord. No. 06-06]
Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this Article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $2,000 or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the Judge. The continuation of such violation on each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.