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(A) No person shall by any type of construction reduce the number of trees in the tree lawn without first obtaining a permit (for which no fee shall be charged) from the City Manager or his or her designee. Efforts should be made to protect public trees from damage and a plan to install street trees and/or add landscaping should accompany the permit request.
(B) Except for the City of Silverton, no person in charge of, or responsible for, the erection, alteration, or removal of any building or structure in the municipality shall permit any tree upon any public place in the vicinity of such operation to stand without a good and sufficient guard or protection as to prevent injury, damage, or defacement to such tree arising out of, in connection with, or by reason of such operation. The sufficiency of such guard or protection shall be determined by the City Manager at the time of such erection, alteration, or removal.
(C) No person shall excavate ditches, tunnels, trenches or install a driveway or sidewalk within a radius of ten feet of any public tree or shrub without first obtaining written approval from the City Manager.
(D) No person shall place or maintain in the ground in any public place any stone, concrete, brick, or other impervious material or substance in such a manner as may obstruct the free access of air and water to the roots of any tree upon any public place in the municipality without first obtaining written permission of the City Manager.
(E) The city shall review any permit application required under this section within 15 business days of the postmarked date or record of receipt, whichever is earlier; if an application is not acted upon within the specified time, the application shall be deemed denied.
(Ord. 07-3235, passed 1-18-07) Penalty, see § 52.99