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(A) Annual inspection.
(1) Dutch elm disease. The Tree Inspector shall inspect all premises and places within the city at least three times during the growing season, by June 15, July 15 and August 15 to determine whether any condition described in § 98.08 exists.
(2) Elm wood. The Tree Inspector shall inspect all premises and places within the city by April 1 of each year for elm wood or logs/stumps that meet any of the conditions described in § 98.08 and require by April 1, removal or debarking of all wood, logs and stumps to be retained.
(3) Oak wilt. The Tree Inspector shall inspect all premises and places within the city as many times as practical or necessary to determine whether any conditions described in § 98.08 exists.
(B) Entry upon private premises. The Tree Inspector so designated by the City Council may enter upon private premises at any reasonable time for the purpose of carrying out the duties assigned to him or her under this chapter. Before making any inspection on private property within the city, the Tree Inspector shall give notice of the inspection to all affected residents and property owners either through an oral or written notice, or by publishing the notice in a local newspaper.
(C) Diagnosis. The Tree Inspector shall, upon finding indications of Dutch elm disease or oak wilt, take steps for the diagnosis as may be appropriate, including analysis of twig samples from actively wilting branches by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture shade tree disease laboratory, or other laboratories capable of performing the services approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture. Whenever possible, diagnosis shall be based upon accepted field symptoms.
(Ord. 419, passed 3-9-1992)