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For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, and words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future tense, and words in the future tense include the present tense. Also, words in the plural include the singular, and words in the singular include the plural. The words "shall" and "will" are mandatory, "should" is advisory, and "may" is permissive. Words not defined in this section shall have their common and ordinary meanings.
COMMUNITY FOREST: The sum of trees and shrubs within the City of Mountain Home.
FOREST ADMINISTRATOR: A City staff member appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council to be responsible for the coordination of requests to and recommendations from the Mountain Home Tree Committee. The Administrator oversees the community forest and acts to effectuate the community tree ordinance. In the absence of such a qualified staff member, the Mountain Home Tree Committee shall serve as the Administrator.
INJURIOUS PEST OR DISEASE: Refers to organisms capable of seriously damaging the form or structural integrity of trees or shrubbery.
MOUNTAIN HOME TREE COMMITTEE: The Parks and Recreation Committee of the City of Mountain Home shall serve as the Mountain Home Tree Committee.
PRIVATE TREE: A tree that is not a public tree.
PRUNING: The removal of plant parts, dead or alive, in a manner consistent with the methods outlined in the latest revision of the "American National Standards for Tree Care Operations" (ANSI A300).
PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY: Improved or unimproved public property owned by, dedicated to, or deeded to the public for the public's use. Such public property provides circulation and travel to abutting properties and includes, but is not limited to, streets, alleys, sidewalks, tree lawns, provisions for public utilities, cut and fill slopes, and open public space.
PUBLIC SHRUB: A shrub that is situated in such a manner that fifty one percent (51%) or more of the shrub trunk base at ground level is on public property or public right-of-way, including the tree lawn. Public shrubs are part of the community forest.
PUBLIC TREE: A tree that is situated in such a way that fifty one percent (51%) or more of the tree trunk base at ground level is on public property or public right-of-way, including the tree lawn. Public trees are part of the community forest.
REGISTER: The list of tree trimmers approved by the City to work on all public trees.
SHRUB: Any woody plant that does not exceed a height of eight feet (8') at maturity.
STREET: The entire width between the boundary lines of a public right-of-way dedicated to the City for the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel, whether or not maintained by the City and whether or not open for vehicular traffic.
TOPPING: The severe cutting back of limbs within a tree's crown to such a degree that only stubs remain, or the removal of the top part (trunk and limbs) of a coniferous tree, thereby removing a significant portion of the normal crown.
TREE: Any woody plant that exceeds a height of eight feet (8') at maturity.
TREE LAWN: That portion of the public right-of-way lying between the street and private property boundary lines which is generally unimproved and planted with grass or other vegetation.
TREE STANDARDS: Those standards eventually adopted by the Tree Committee for use in Mountain Home.
VISION TRIANGLE: That triangle of land defined in any corner lot by measuring from the intersection of the property line of the adjacent streets thirty feet (30') along each property line and connecting the two (2) points with a line. On land adjacent to an alley, the vision triangle is found by measuring seven and one-half feet (71/2') along the alley edge and the future projected curb line of the street and connecting the two (2) points with a line. (Ord. 1667, 2-26-2018)