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A Forestry Commission consisting of three (3) persons appointed by the Mayor for a three-year term shall have authority to hear all disputes involving the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter and to issue recommendations thereon to the City Administrator, who shall then render a decision.
The City shall not assess the expense of pruning, trimming or removing a tree to a property owner without first giving at least ten (10) days’ written notice to the property owner. A property owner shall have until the end of the ten-day period in which to submit a written request for a public hearing before the Forestry Commission on assessment cases, and on all other disputes shall submit the hearing request within thirty (30) days of the date of the action in dispute. The property owner shall be entitled to receive a copy of the recommendation of the Forestry Commission to the City Administrator and a copy of the City Administrator’s subsequent decision.
Any person who negligently or willfully removes (except as approved by the Forestry Commission) or causes damage to a tree planted on a street, right-of-way or other City property is deemed to be guilty of a misdemeanor.
The commission shall have the authority to hear all disputes involving the enforcement of the provisions of Chapter 151 “Trees” in the City Code of Ordinances. All disputes should be filed at with the City Clerk at City Hall located at 215 E. Washington Street.
If you are interested in applying for appointment to this committee, please fill out the application below and return it to the City Clerk’s Office.