40:64-5. Powers of commission
A shade tree commission organized under this chapter shall have power to
a. Exercise full and exclusive control over the regulation, planting and care of shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery now located, or which may hereafter be planted in any public highway, park or parkway, except such as are excluded pursuant to section 40:64-1 of this Title in the municipality for which it was created, including the planting, trimming, spraying, care and protection thereof;
b. Regulate and control the use of the ground surrounding the same, so far as may be necessary for their proper growth, care and protection;
c. Move or require the removal of any tree, or part thereof, dangerous to public safety;
d. Care for and control such parks and parkways; encourage arboriculture; make, alter, amend and repeal, in the manner prescribed for the passage, alteration, amendment and repeal of ordinances by the governing body of the municipality, any and all ordinances necessary or proper for carrying out the provisions hereof;
e. Administer treatment to, or remove, any tree situate upon private property which is believed to harbour a disease or insects readily communicable to neighboring healthy trees in the care of the municipality and enter upon private property for that purpose, with the consent of the owner thereof, provided the suspected condition is first confirmed by certificate issued by or on behalf of the Department of Agriculture.
Amended by L.1958, c. 42, p. 137, s. 4, eff. May 20, 1958.
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