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   For the purpose of this chapter the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural include the singular, and words in the singular include the plural. The word "shall" is mandatory and not merely directory.
   (a)   "Administrative communication" means a written, typed or printed document.
   (b)   "Board controlled public places" means all current and future grounds placed under board control by the Charter, such as the Board of Utilities and the Board of Education in the Municipality.
   (c)   "Emergency" means the immediate necessity for the preservation of public peace, health and safety.
   (d)   "Hedge" means a row of closely planted shrubs or low-growing trees forming a fence or boundary.
   (e)   "Large trees" means those trees attaining a height of forty-five feet or more.
   (f)   "Medium trees" means those trees attaining a height of thirty to forty-five feet.
   (g)   “Municipal Arborist” means the Public Works Director of the Municipality, who is assigned the duty of carrying out the enforcement of this chapter.
   (h)   “Municipality” means the City, Town, Village, subdivision or otherwise designated area unit of Avon Lake, County of Lorain, State of Ohio.
   (i)   “Park” means all public parks having individual names.
   (j)   “Park and Street Trees Department” means the Public Works Department, which  is the designated department of the Municipality under whose jurisdiction park and/or street trees fall.
   (k)   “Person” means any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
   (l)   “Principal thoroughfare” means any street upon which trucks are not prohibited.
   (m)   “Private property” means all grounds not owned by the Municipality.
   (n)   “Property line” means the outer edge of a street or highway.
   (o)   “Property owner” means the person owning such property as shown by the County Auditor's Plat of Lorain County, Ohio.
   (p)   “Public places” means all non-board controlled grounds owned by the Municipality.
   (q)   “Public trees” means all shade and ornamental trees now or hereafter growing on a tree lawn or any public place where otherwise indicated.
   (r)   “Shrub” means a woody plant of relatively low height, distinguished from a tree by having several stems protruding from the ground.
   (s)   “Small trees” means those attaining a height of twenty to thirty feet.
   (t)   “Street” and “highway” mean the entire width of every public way or right of way when any part thereof is open to the use of the public, as a matter of right, for purposes of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
   (u)   “Tree lawn” means that part of a street or highway, not covered by a sidewalk or other paving, lying between the property line and that portion of the street or highway usually used for vehicular traffic.
   (v)   “Tree” means a tall, woody plant, distinguished from a shrub by having comparatively greater height and, characteristically, a single trunk with multiple branches rather than several stems protruding from the ground.
(Ord. 199-94.  Passed 10-24-94; Ord. 43-2014.  Passed 4-14-14.)