§ 97.20  DECLARATION OF POLICY.
   (A)   The health of the trees in the city is threatened by shade tree pests, and the loss or ill health of trees growing upon public and private property substantially depreciates the value of property within the city and impairs the safety, good order, general welfare and convenience of the public. In addition to and in accordance with Minn. Stat. §§ 89.001, 89.01, and 89.51 through 89.64, the provisions of this section are adopted as an effort to control and prevent the spread of these shade tree pests.
   (B)   The city shall have control of all street trees, shrubs, and other plantings now or hereafter in any street, park, public right-of-way or easement, or other public place within the city limits, and shall have the power to plant, care for, maintain, remove, and replace such trees, shrubs, and other plantings.
(Ord. 1556, passed 1-3-2017)