§ 99.16  DEAD OR DISEASED TREE REMOVAL ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.
   All references to notices made by the city will be done so by certified mail, return receipt requested.  The city shall have the right to cause the removal of any dead or diseased trees on private property within the city, when such trees constitute a hazard to life and property, or harbor insects or disease which constitute a potential threat to other trees within the city.  The CTC or Mayor will notify, in writing, the owners of such trees.  Removal shall be done by the owners at their own expense within 30 days after the date of service of notice.  In the event of failure of owners to comply with such provisions, the city shall have the authority to remove such trees and charge the cost of removal to the owners' property tax notice.  The cost shall be assessed in the following manner:  The city shall give five days' notice, by certified mail, to the owner of such lot or parcel of land, at his last known address, to pay the cost of such trimming or removal.  Notice shall be accompanied by a statement of the amount of cost incurred, and in the event the same is not paid within 30 days after the mailing of such notice, then such amount shall be certified to the County Auditor for collection of the same as other taxes and assessments are collected.  In the event this amount is not paid within 30 days after the mailing and must be certified to the County Auditor, an additional charge of $10 shall be assessed for the purpose of defraying the cost of such certification.
(Ord. 72-96, passed 9-23-96)  Penalty, see § 99.99