CHAPTER XIII. STREETS AND SIDEWALKSCHAPTER XIII. STREETS AND SIDEWALKS\ARTICLE 3A. COMMUNITY FORESTRY PROGRAM

(a)   Community Forest: All street and park trees as a total resource.

(b)   Community Forest Manager: The official representative of the tree board, and as such, is responsible for administration of the community forestry program.

(c)   Park Trees: Trees, shrubs, bushes and all other woody vegetation in public parks having individual names, and all areas owned by the city or which the public has free access as a park.

(d)   Street Trees: Trees, shrubs, bushes, and all other woody vegetation on land lying between property lines on either side of streets, avenues or ways within the city.

(Ord. 884, Sec. 1)

There is hereby created and established a city tree board for the city which shall consist of five voting members, citizens and residents of this city, who shall be appointed by the mayor with the approval of the city council. 

(Ord. 884, Sec. 2)

The term of the five persons to be appointed by the mayor shall be three years except that the term of two of the members appointed to the first board shall be only one year, and the term of two members of the first board shall be for two years. In the event that a vacancy shall occur during the term of any member, a successor shall be appointed for the unexpired portion of the term.

(Ord. 884, Sec.  )

Members of the tree board shall serve without compensation.

(Ord. 884, Sec. 4)

It shall be the responsibility of the tree board to study, investigate, counsel and develop and/or update annually, and administer a written plan for the care, replacement, maintenance, and removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas. Such plan will be presented annually to the city council, and upon their acceptance and approval, shall constitute the official comprehensive city tree plan for the city. The tree board, when requested by the city council, shall consider, investigate, make findings, report and recommend upon any special matter or question coming within the scope of its work. 

(Ord. 884, Sec. 5)

The tree board shall choose its own officers, make its own rules and regulations and keep a journal of its proceedings. A majority of the members shall be a quorum for the transaction of business.

(Ord. 884, Sec. 6)

The city shall maintain a list of recommended trees for planting in public areas. This list shall be available to residents of the city upon request to aid in the selection of trees for private properties. The list of recommended trees shall be updated periodically to reflect new developments or species that will affect the population of the community forest.

(Ord. 884, Sec. 7)

Street trees may be planted no closer together than 30 feet except .in special plantings approved by the tree board or community forest manager. 

(Ord. 884, Sec. 8)

(a)   Street trees may be planted in the tree lawn where there is more than six feet between the edge of the sidewalk and the curb of the street. Street trees shall be planted no closer than three feet from a sidewalk or a street. Exceptions can be granted by the city tree board.

(b)   No street tree shall be planted closer than 35 feet from any comer, measured from the point of the nearest Intersection of curbs or curblines.

(c)   No street tree shall be planted closer than 10 feet from any fireplug

(d)   Special permission must be obtained from the tree board or the community forest manager when planting street trees within 10feet of any point on a line on the ground immediately below any overhead utility wire, or within five lateral feet of any underground water line, sewer line, transmission line, or other utility.

(Ord. 884, Sec. 9)

The city shall have the right to plant, prune, maintain and remove trees, plants and shrubs within right-of-way or bounds of all streets, alleys, lanes, square, and public grounds, as may be necessary to insure the public safety or to preserve or enhance the beauty of such public pieces. The tree board may remove or cause to be removed, any tree or part thereof which is in an unsafe condition or which by reason of its nature is injurious to sewers, electric power lines, gas lines, water lines, or other public improvements, or is seriously affected with any injurious insect or disease. The abutting property owners shall the right to perform normal tree care on all street trees.

(Ord. 884, Sec. 10)

No person shall plant a street tree or other tree in the public right-of-way without first obtaining a permit from the city clerk. There will be no fee for such permit. 

(Ord.884, Sec. 11)

It shall be unlawful as a normal practice for any person, firm, or city department to top any street tree, park tree, or other tree on public property. Topping is defined as the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three inches in diameter within the tree’s crown to such a degree as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree. Trees severely damaged by storms or other causes or certain trees under utility wires or other obstructions where other pruning practices are impractical may be exempted from this section at the determination of the tree board or the community forest manager.

(Ord. 884, Sec. 12)

Clearance over streets and walkways shall be the responsibility of the abutting property owner. A clearance of eight feet must be maintained over walkways and a clearance of 12 feet must be maintained over streets. Property owners are responsible for trees on their own property as well as trees on the public way that abuts their property.

(Ord. 884, Sec. 13)

The city shall remove or cause to be removed any dead or diseased tree within the city limits. Diseased trees are defined as those trees that may constitute a hazard to life and property, or harbor insects or disease which represent a potential threat to other trees within the city. The tree board will notify in writing the owner of such trees and removal shall be accomplished within 60 days of notification. In the event of failure to remove by the owner, the city shall have the authority to remove such trees and charge the cost of removal on the property’s tax notice.

(Ord. 884, Sec. 14)

All stumps of street and park trees shall be removed below the surface of the ground so that the top of the stump shall not project above the surface of the ground.

(Ord. 884, Sec. 15)

It shall be unlawful for any person to prevent delay or interfere with the tree board or any of its representatives or agents while engaging in and about the planting, cultivating, mulching, pruning, spraying, or removing of any tree within the community forest, as authorized by this article.

(Ord. 884, Sec. 16)

It shall be unlawful for any person to prevent, delay or interfere with access to private property by the city or its representatives in the legal performance of any section of this article.

(Ord. 884, Sec. 17)

It shall be unlawful for any person or firm to engage in the business or occupation of pruning, treating or removing any street tree, park tree or other privately owned tree without first applying for and procuring a license. The license fee shall be set by the tree board. No license shall be required by any public service or employee doing such work in the pursuit of their public service endeavors. Before license shall be issued, each applicant shall first file evidence of possession of liability insurance and meet other requirements set by the tree board, with approval of the city council. 

(Ord. 884, Sec. 18)

The city council shall have the right to review the conduct, acts and decision. Any person may appeal from any ruling or order of the tree board to the city hear the matter and make final decision.

(Ord. 884, Sec. 19)

Any person violating any prevision of this ordinance shall be, upon conviction or a plea of guilty, subject to a fine not to exceed $500.

(Ord. 884, Sec. 20)