[Adopted 10-10-1949 by Ord. No. 7-49 (Ch. 58, Art. II, of the 1969 Code)]
The owner or tenant of lands lying within the limits of the Township of Morris 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 cut to a height of not more than 2 1/2 feet where the Township Committee shall by resolution deem it necessary and expedient for the preservation of the public safety. After the passage of said resolution by the Township Committee declaring it necessary and expedient for the preservation of the public safety to so cut said brush, hedges and other plant life, 10 days' notice in writing, by mail or personal service, shall be given by the Police Department, Zoning Department or Department of Health to the owner or tenant, notifying said owner or tenant of the said determination.
If the owner or tenant shall fail to cut said brush, hedges or other plant life within 10 days after the giving of said notice, the cutting shall be done by the Department of Roads and Sanitation under the control and direction of the Road Supervisor.
In all cases where brush, hedges and other plant life are cut from any lands in accordance with the location as provided for under § 385-1, by and under the direction of the Road Supervisor, the said Road Supervisor shall certify the cost thereof to the Township Committee of the Township of Morris at its next regular meeting thereafter. The said Committee shall examine the certificate and, if found to be correct, shall cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against said lands, or in the event that such cost is found to be excessive by said Committee, then to cause a reasonable cost thereof to be charged against said lands. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien on such lands 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 same officers and in the same manner as taxes.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall fail to cut brush, hedges and other plant life in the manner provided and within 10 days after notice of the determination of the Committee of its necessity and expediency for the preservation of the public safety shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not more than $200 or imprisonment of not more than 90 days, or both, at the discretion of the Judge imposing the same.