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As used in this chapter:
(a) “Person” means any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company, or organization of any kind.
(b) “Property line” means the outer edge of a street or highway.
(c) “Property owner” means the person owning such property as shown by the County Auditor's Plat of the City of Northwood, Wood County, Ohio, including the executor, administrator, or beneficiary of the estate of a deceased owner.
(d) “Public places” shall include all other grounds owned by the City of Northwood.
(e) “Public trees” shall include all shade and ornamental trees now or hereafter growing on any public places.
(f) “Right-of-way” means any portion of the public way, street, alley or sidewalk.
(g) “Shrub” means a low growing woody plant with one or several perennial main stems producing branches, shoots, or multiple stems from or near the base of the plant and incapable of being pruned to provide at least six feet of clear branchless trunk within five years of planting.
(h) “Street” or “highway “ means the entire width of every public way, easement or right-of-way when any part thereof is open to the public, as a matter of right, for the purpose of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and shall include alleys.
(i) “Tree” means a tall growing woody plant with one or more perennial main stems or trunk which develops branches from the aerial section of the stem rather than from the base; capable of being pruned to at least six feet of clear branchless trunk below the crown within five years of planting.
(j) “Tree lawn” means that part of a street or highway, lying between the property line and that portion of the street or highway usually used for vehicular traffic.
(k) “Tree topping” means the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs of three inches or more in diameter within the tree's crown to such a degree as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree.
(Ord. 2002-36. Passed 8-22-02.)