Township of Middle, NJ
Cape May County
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[Adopted 8-21-1980 by Ord. No. 389-80]
Pursuant to the authority contained in N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.26 et seq., it is hereby declared to be illegal for the owner or tenant of any lands lying within the Township of Middle to permit brush, hedges, trees or other plant life to grow to a height greater than 2 1/2 feet within 10 feet of any roadway and within 25 feet of the intersection of any two or more roadways.
The Township Clerk is hereby designated as the enforcing officer to direct and supervise the cutting of any such brush, hedges, trees or other plant life in any case where the owner or tenant shall have refused or neglected to cut the same to a maximum height of 2 1/2 feet upon notice as provided herein.
[Amended 4-5-1990 by Ord. No. 720-90]
A notice to cut such brush, hedges, trees or other plant life to a maximum height of 2 1/2 feet shall be served either personally or by certified mail upon said owner or tenant. Such notice may be signed by the Township Clerk and shall give said owner or tenant a maximum period of 10 days to correct the violation.
In the event that said owner or tenant fails or refuses to correct the violation within said ten-day period, the required cutting shall be performed by the Township of Middle under the direction of the Township Clerk, and, in such case, the Township Clerk shall certify the cost thereof to the Township Committee, which shall examine the Township Clerk's certificate and, if found correct, shall cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against said lands or, in the event that such cost is excessive, to cause the reasonable cost thereof to be charged against said lands. The amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon 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, and such charge shall be in addition to any fine or penalties imposed under this article.
[Amended 4-5-1990 by Ord. No. 720-90]
The violation of any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be punishable by one or more of the following: imprisonment not to exceed 90 days or a fine not to exceed $1,000 or a period of community service not to exceed 90 days. Each twenty-four-hour period that any violation continues to exist shall be deemed to be a separate offense and shall be punishable as aforesaid.