(A)   The Village hereby adopts the most current ANSI A300 Standards for the care, maintenance, pruning and planting of trees.
   (B)   The Village has the right to plant, prune, maintain and remove trees on Village property, as may be necessary to preserve or enhance the symmetry and beauty of such public ways or grounds.
   (C)   The Director of Streets, Sanitation and Water or Village Arborist may remove or cause or order to be removed, any tree or part thereof on Village property to ensure public safety which by reason of its nature is:
      (1)   Injurious to sewers, electric power lines, gas lines, water lines or other public improvements, or is affected with any injurious fungus, insect, or other pest;
      (2)   Crippled, deformed, and physically damaged trees shall be removed and replaced, if in the Village Arborist's opinion recovery and normal development cannot be expected;
      (3)   Infected with an incurable disease that will result in either: i) deformation, ii) death, or iii) infection of other trees; or
      (4)   Determined to present a potential for endangering life or property because of its condition or location.
   (D)   It shall be unlawful for any person, contractor, or firm to remove, injure, destroy, or undertake any procedure to remove a tree on Village property without authorization and in accordance with the following conditions:
      (1)   The tree is diseased, dead or dying;
      (2)   The tree is damaged or injured to the extent that it is likely to die or become diseased, or such that it constitutes a hazard;
      (3)   Removal of the tree is consistent with good forestry practices, that is, consideration is given to the species of the tree, location, conditions, age, safety, historic and aesthetic value of the tree to be removed; or
      (4)   Reasonable efforts have been undertaken in the architectural layout and design of a private improvement or development to minimize tree removal.
(Ord. 23-4369, passed 7-20-23)