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A. Work Performed By Others: It shall be unlawful for any person to prune, trim, plant, remove or replace any tree or shrub on public property or within the public right of way without first having obtained a permit for such activity from the Parks and Recreation Committee or its authorized agent. Such permits shall be requested by written application which shall specifically describe the work to be done and the location thereof. Any permit issued pursuant to an application previously submitted shall expire within sixty (60) days from the date of its issuance or within such shorter time as may be set forth within the permit. No charge shall be made for any permit or for the processing of any application requesting a permit pursuant to the terms of this Chapter. Said permit may direct the specific manner in which said trimming and cutting is to be done. It shall be the responsibility of the Parks and Recreation Committee or its authorized agent to establish reasonable standards for these permits. In the event a permit is denied, the basis for denial shall be given to the applicant who shall have the right to appeal the denial to the Parks and Recreation Committee within five (5) days of the denial. Upon the receipt of a notice of appeal, the Town Council shall hear and decide the appeal.
1. Permits To Public Utilities: In the absence of provision in the franchise concerning this subject, upon application to the Parks and Recreation Committee by cable television, telephone, telegraph, electric power or service corporation or utility, to trim trees or to perform other operations affecting trees or shrubs on public property or upon such application by a qualified contractor who has entered into a contract with a cable television, telephone, telegraph, electric power or other public service corporation or utility to trim such trees or shrubs or to perform other operations affecting trees or shrubs on public property or within the public right of way, the Parks and Recreation Committee may grant an annual permit covering all tree trimming and other operations affecting trees or shrubs in the public right of way or on public property by such cable television, telephone, telegraph, electric power or other public service corporation or utility or a qualified contractor. Such permits shall be effective for a period of one year unless sooner revoked for cause. Notwithstanding the issuance of such permit, the Parks and Recreation Committee shall be notified of the time and location when and where such operation shall take place. The amount of trimming or extent thereof or other operation shall be performed in a manner consistent with standards set by the Parks and Recreation Committee and all such trimming, cutting, pruning or removal of trees and shrubs shall be accomplished in a neat, workmanlike manner and consistent with generally accepted practices. The Parks and Recreation Committee may, if necessary, assign an inspector to supervise the activities conducted pursuant to such permit and the cost of such inspection shall be charged to the public service corporation, utility or contractor.
2. Permission To Plant Trees: No trees or shrubs shall be planted in or removed from any public street, public parking strip or other public property within the Town without the prior acquisition of a written permit therefor from the Parks and Recreation Committee.
B. Work Performed By Property Owner: A property owner or a member of his immediate family who trims or prunes any tree or shrub within the public street which abuts his property shall not be required to obtain a permit as set forth in subsection A of this Section. (Ord. 91-06, 10-1-1991)