Chapter 25 – Trees

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CHAPTER 25

 

TREES

 

 

PART 1

 

HEIGHT AND CLEARANCE OF TREES, SHRUBBERY AND BUSHES

 

 

§101. Title

§102. Definitions

§103. Clearance of Obstructions

§104. Trimming or Cutting Required

§105. Notice to Remove, Trim or Cut

§106. Trimming, Cutting or Removal by Township

§107. Penalties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PART 1

 

HEIGHT AND CLEARANCE OF TREES, SHRUBBERY AND BUSHES

 

 

§101. TITLE. 

 

This Part shall be known and may be cited as the “Tree Trimming Ordinance.”

 

(Ord. 70-5, 11/10/1970, §1)

 

 

§102. DEFINITIONS.

 

For the purpose of this Part, the following words shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this Section, except where the context in which the word is used clearly indicates otherwise.

 

PERSON – any natural person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.

 

TOWNSHIP – Township of Hampden, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

 

(Ord. 70-5, 11/10/1970, §2)

 

 

§103. CLEARANCE OF OBSTRUCTIONS.

 

No person owning or occupying any property within the Township shall permit limbs, branches or growth of trees, shrubbery, bushes or other plant growth to be less than 12 1/2 feet in height or clearance over the cartway of any highway, road, street or alley; or less than 8 feet in height or clearance over any sidewalk or footway; or otherwise obstruct, impede or interfere with traffic or travel thereon or there over.

 

(Ord. 70-5, 11/10/1970, §3)

 

 

§104. TRIMMING OR CUTTING REQUIRED.

 

The owner of any vacant property, or the owner or occupant of any occupied property, shall trim, cut or remove, all trees, shrubbery, bushes or other plant growth growing on such property in violation of the provisions of this Part.

 

(Ord. 70-5, 11/10/1970, §4)

 

 

§105. NOTICE TO REMOVE, TRIM OR CUT.

 

The Board of Commissioners, the Township Manager, or any officer or employee of the Township designated thereby for the purpose, are hereby authorized to give notice, by personal service or by mail, to the owner or occupant, as the case may be, of any property whereon there is a violation of the provisions of this Part, directing and requiring such owner or occupant to trim, cut, or remove such trees, shrubbery, bushes or other plant growth so as to conform to the requirements of this Part, within 15 days after issuance of such notice.

 

(Ord. 70-5, 11/10/1970, §5)

 

 

§106. TRIMMING, CUTTING OR REMOVAL BY TOWNSHIP.

 

In case any person shall neglect, fail or refuse to comply with such notice within said period of time, the Township authorities may trim, cut or remove such trees, shrubbery, bushes or any other plant growth, or may enter into a contract to cause the same to be done, and the costs thereof, together with a penalty of 10% of such costs, may be collected by the Township from such person in the manner provided by law.

 

(Ord. 70-5, 11/10/1970, §6)

 

 

§107. PENALTIES.

 

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.  Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.

 

(Ord. 70-5, 11/10/1970, §7; as amended by Ord. 84-6, 7/3/1984; and by Ord. 98-7, 8/27/1998)

 

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