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(A) Parkway trees. All parkway trees shall be trimmed to the city specifications for health, safety and appearance. All utility companies will adhere to the International Society of Arboriculture standard on pruning, which is on file in City Hall.
(B) Height above streets and walkways. Trees shall be trimmed at least 16 feet above streets for vehicle clearance (14 feet over streets where trucks are prohibited) and pedestrian safety, as well as visibility. Trees shall be trimmed at least seven feet above the sidewalk grade and shaped for proper growth.
(C) Rotating of trimming. The city may require that all trees be trimmed on a rotating basis once every five years.
(D) Annual survey. Trees on municipal property shall be surveyed once yearly and scheduled for removal if found to be diseased or hazardous.
(E) Removal prohibited. No person shall remove trees on public property without a permit issued by the Tree Conservator.
(F) Diseased trees. No tree shall be removed from the parkway, unless diseased, severely injured or dead, as determined by the Tree Conservator. The Tree Conservator may replace that tree with an acceptable species at the municipality’s expense.
(G) Stumps. All stumps of street and park trees shall be removed below the surface of the ground so that the top of the stump shall not project above the surface of the ground.
(Ord. 1426, passed 11-16-10; Am. Ord. 1517, passed 7-15-14; Am. Ord. 1558, passed 1-19-16)