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Public utilities providing gas, water, electric, telephone or telegraph service to residents of the city may, in those emergency cases where street trees are interrupting the service, trim or remove branches of the trees to the extent necessary to restore services without securing a permit. However, once the emergency situation has been corrected, the public utility must finish the trimming through the use of directional pruning, v-pruning or other approved methods to leave the tree with a correct structure and a balanced shape.
(Ord. 2017-005, passed 4-11-17)