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(a) A female boxelder tree which is or could be the breeding place for boxelder bugs (leptocoris trivittas) is hereby declared to be a public nuisance, and no person shall maintain the same on his or her property after the notification provided for in subsection (d) hereof.
(b) Any such tree located on public lands in the City shall be removed at City expense and under the direction of the City Manager.
(c) The Manager or a person designated by him or her may enter upon private property to make a field inspection of a boxelder tree and may remove specimens therefrom for analysis.
(d) After such an inspection, the Manager may require, by written notice addressed to the owner of the premises on which the tree is located or to the occupant of such premises, the removal of such tree. Such notice shall give the person so notified a definite time within which to comply with such notice, which time shall be at least fifteen days following the date of such notice. If such tree is not removed within the time given in the notice, the Manager shall report the failure to remove such tree to Council. Council may thereafter, without further notice, cause such tree to be removed. All costs involved in the cutting and removal of such tree shall be assessed against the property upon which such tree is located, on the next general tax assessment roll of the City.
(e) No damages shall be awarded for the destruction of a tree or for injury to the same in carrying out this section.
(Ord. 228. Passed 3-15-65.)