§ 98.12  TREES.
   (A)   Planting. Trees placed along any street within the city shall be planted on a line at least seven feet inside the property line abutting the street or alley. Any person who plants any tree upon any street contrary to the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to the penalty provided for violation of this code and for each tree so planted. Such tree may be cut down and removed by the direction of the Director of Public Works in consultation with the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee at the expense of the person.
   (B)   Injuring. No person, telephone company or electric company shall cut, fell, injure or remove, or cause to be cut, any limb or limbs of any tree on any street, sidewalk or public grounds of the city, except by the authority of the Director of Public Works in consultation with the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee.
   (C)   Trimming. Trees along any street of the city shall have the branches thereof cut and trimmed up to at least ten feet above the ground, so that the same shall not inconvenience the passage of persons or vehicles along any street or sidewalk, or obstruct the light of street lamps.
   (D)   Interference with wires. If a tree is permitted by the owner or occupant of any premises in the city to grow in such a manner as to interfere with any electric or telephone main feed wires, the Director of Public Works in consultation with the Director of Parks and Recreation or his or her designee shall order such owner to trim such trees specified and in such a manner as to remove the obstruction or interference. If any person so notified fails to comply with such notice, that person shall be subject to the penalty provided for violation of this code, and the Superintendent of Streets shall cause such trees to be trimmed, and the costs thereof may be recovered by suit against such person.
   (E)   Decayed trees. Any person owning a parcel of land whereon is situated a decayed or dead tree which extends over any sidewalk or street shall remove such dead or decayed tree or parts thereof in such a manner that danger to the public is eliminated within ten days upon official notification by the Director of Public Works.
(1999 Code, § 98.13)  (Ord. 258, passed 5-1-1944; Ord. 3784, passed 12-3-2012)  Penalty, see § 10.99