(a)   No person shall break, cut down, damage, injure, poison, or in any other manner, intentionally destroy or cause to be destroyed, or remove, any tree, or part thereof located within the public streets, curb lawns, parks, or within any other land publicly owned or controlled by the City except in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
   (b)   No person shall set fire within twenty-five feet of any public tree or permit any fire or the heat thereof to injure any portion of any public tree. No toxic chemicals or any other injurious materials to trees shall be allowed to seep, drain, or be emptied on, near or about any public tree. No electrical wires or other lines or wires shall be permitted to come into contact with any tree in any manner that causes damage thereto and no person shall attach any electric insulation to any public tree.
   (c)   No person shall use any public tree as an anchor, except by special written permission from the Director of Public Works, and no material shall be fastened to or hung on any public tree. All persons having under their care, custody or control, facilities which may interfere with the trimming or removal of a public tree shall, after notice from the Department of Public Works, promptly abate such interference in such a manner as will permit the trimming or removal of such tree by the Department. The Director shall certify all City permits for construction, insulation, alteration, moving or raising of all buildings, utilities, sidewalks, sewers or other facilities or operations where public trees or parts thereof are involved.
   (d)   A person who violates this section is responsible for a Class C Municipal civil infraction and shall be subject to the civil fines provided in Section 202.98.
(Ord. 17-01. Passed 12-4-01.)