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 and represent a potential threat to other trees within the city due to the presence of a fatal disease (e.g., Dutch elm disease, chestnut blight). The Tree Board will notify in writing the owners of such trees. Removal is the responsibility of the owners of such trees and 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 costs of removal to the property owner. Upon the failure of the owner to pay the cost thereof, such cost may be assessed and levied as a tax against the property from which the tree was removed.
(Prior Code, § 8-510)