(A)   Purpose. The purpose of this title is to safeguard the natural resources of the Village and to promote environmental values while protecting the public health, safety, and general welfare of the residents of the Village by providing for the regulations of the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees within the Village.
   (B)   Intent. It is the intent of the corporate authorities that this title be construed so as to promote the preservation and care of trees. The corporate authorities declare that trees are a natural, public resource, and an integral part of the critical infrastructure of the Village and as such are highly valued and must be preserved, protected, and cared for as other critical infrastructure in the Village. The corporate authorities understand the importance of trees within the Village and find that trees absorb pollution from the air; sequester carbon dioxide; absorb and filter pollution from stormwater run-off; produce oxygen; reduce flooding; stabilize soils and reduce erosion: cool the surrounding area helping to reduce impacts due to heat islands; reduce energy consumption by shielding structures from harsh winds and sun; provide a buffer and screen against noise, light and pollution; improve property values; provide important habitat for birds and other wildlife; and protect and enhance the quality of life of all residents.
(Ord. 23-4369, passed 7-20-23)