[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Red Bank 5-29-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-24. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BOROUGH ARBORIST
- The Borough of Red Bank Arborist.
- Every person, firm, association, partnership, and corporation.
- PLANT CONSTRUCTION AS APPLIED TO PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES
- Poles, wires, cables, subsurface conduits, pipes, manholes and appurtenant facilities of such companies installed in a street.
- PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANY
- Refers to a public utility as defined in the Revised Statutes of the State of New Jersey (N.J.S.A. 48:2-13).
- SHADE TREE COMMITTEE
- The Shade Tree Committee of the Borough of Red Bank.
- Any living deciduous or coniferous tree with a normally anticipated mature height of 20 feet or greater.
No person shall do any of the following acts to any tree on a street without the prior permit:
Cut, prune, climb with spikes, break, damage, remove or kill.
Cut, disturb or interfere in any way with any root.
Spray with any chemical.
Fasten any rope, wire, sign or other device. (Nothing herein shall prevent any governmental agency from affixing in a manner approved by the Shade Tree Committee a public notice upon a tree in connection with administering governmental affairs.)
Remove or damage any guard or device placed to protect any tree.
Place or distribute chemicals, including, but not limited to, salt deleterious to tree health.
Maintain a stationary fire or device that vaporizes noxious fumes deleterious to tree health.
Plant any tree on a street.
Remove soil, either for trenching or otherwise.
Conduct razing, removal or renovation of any structure if deemed to be damaging to neighboring trees.
Construct new sidewalks and/or driveways with any material whatsoever within five feet of a tree.
Requests to permit other actions should be directed to the appropriate Borough of Red Bank agency.
The Borough Arborist may grant to public utility companies a blanket permit for: tree pruning for line clearance; and for the installation and maintenance of subsurface and aboveground plant construction if there is interference with or endangerment to trees. The Borough Arborist shall notify the Borough of Red Bank Administrator and the Shade Tree Committee whenever such a permit is granted.
Public utility companies may, during periods of emergency, without specific prior permit: install temporary attachments to trees; and emergency subsurface repairs.
Each pubic utility company shall exercise reasonable diligence in the maintenance of its plant construction so as to avoid damage to trees under the jurisdiction of the Shade Tree Committee.
Any person found guilty of violating any of the provisions of these regulations shall, upon conviction by the Municipal Court of the Borough of Red Bank, County of Monmouth, be subject to the penalties provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, General Penalty. Each day after the notification any violation of this chapter shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.
In addition to the penalty referred to in Subsection A of this section, the Borough of Red Bank may impose an additional civil penalty of an assessment paid to the municipality based upon the value of the tree as determined by a certified tree expert or trained forester or by the formula of not exceeding $39 per square inch of a cross section of the trunk measured 4.5 feet above ground level. This amount shall be modified by the tree's species variety, location, and its condition at the time of damage or destruction.
The Code Enforcement Department and the Borough Administrator shall have the authority to issue summonses, to initiate proceedings for the collection of civil penalties and to otherwise enforce the provisions of this chapter.