[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mendham by Ord. No. 3-1970 (Sec. 3-4 of the 1998 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The owner or tenant in possession of land within the Township which is a corner lot or property on intersecting streets or roads shall keep all brush, hedges and other plant life growing within 10 feet of any roadway and within 25 feet of the intersection of each of the two intersecting streets cut to a height of not more than 2 1/2 feet above the adjacent road elevation, where it shall be necessary and expedient for preservation of public safety.
[Amended 4-12-1999 by Ord. No. 7-1999]
After an investigation of any complaint of a resident, officer or employee of the Township relative to a violation of this chapter, or upon his/her own motion, the Chief of Police shall make a written report of the conditions complained of to the Township Committee at their next regular meeting. If the reported conditions are found to exist, the Township Committee shall direct the Township Clerk to notify the owner, tenant or person in possession of the lands complained of, in writing, either personally or by registered mail, to remove such brush, weeds, hedge or other plant life, within 10 days after receipt of the notice. The Chief of Police shall reinspect the lands in question after the fifteen-day period expires and report, in writing, to the Township Committee at their next regular meeting whether the condition complained of has been abated or remedied.
If the owner, tenant or person in possession of the lands in question shall fail to abate the condition complained of within 10 days after receipt of notice, the Chief of Police shall notify the Superintendent of the Public Works Department in writing of the condition and request the same to be removed. The Superintendent shall cause the condition complained of to be abated and shall certify the cost to the Township Committee, who shall examine the certificate and, if it is correct, cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against the lands. The amount so charged shall become a lien upon the lands and shall be added to and become a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon the lands, shall bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officer and in the same manner as taxes. Costs shall be in addition to any penalties imposed for any violation of this chapter.