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(a) The owner of every lot or parcel of land upon which any tree, plant or shrubbery stands, with any part thereof upon or overhanging a public street or sidewalk, shall conform to the regulations in this section; otherwise, the City shall cause such tree to be trimmed or cut down and removed in accordance with this section and assess the cost against the owner of the lot or parcel of land.
(b) The owner shall trim or cause to be trimmed the tree, plant or shrubbery so that a clear height of eight feet between the lowest branch and the street or sidewalk is maintained.
(c) The owner shall trim or remove, as the case may require, every dead, decayed or broken tree, plant or shrubbery, or part thereof, so that the same shall not fall to the street or sidewalk.
(d) The owner shall cut down and remove any tree, plant or shrubbery, or any part thereof, as may be necessary to provide a clear and unobstructed view of traffic from all directions at any street intersection or to abate any nuisance to protect the life, limb and property of persons, drivers of vehicles or pedestrians using the street or sidewalk.
(e) If any tree, plant or shrubbery, or any part thereof, is not trimmed or removed within five days after service of notice by the Director of Public Service, then the Director is hereby authorized to trim or remove the tree, plant or shrubbery or part thereof.
(f) All expenses incurred by the Director in causing the trimming or removal of the tree, plant or shrubbery or part thereof shall, when approved by Council, be paid by the owner, occupant or person having charge or management of any lot or parcel of land upon which such tree, plant or shrubbery is located.
(g) Upon the receipt of the statement of expenses incurred, Council shall make a written return to the County Auditor of the action taken under this section and the expenses incurred shall be a lien upon the lands to be collected as other taxes and returned to the City with the General Fund.
(Ord. 1981-35. Passed 7-20-81.)