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A. Systemic trimming and pruning shall be carried out to accomplish the following and shall comply with the latest International Society of Arboriculture specification or other nationally recognized standard both for time of year and method and shall be completed by or under the supervision of an ISA Certified Arborist or other nationally recognized tree care certification. (Ord. 2019-41, 9-19-2019)
1. Removal of dead branches, seriously damaged branches and unbalanced branches and limbs.
2. Gradual removal of lower branches to provide a minimum overhead clearance of eight feet (8') over sidewalks and fourteen feet (14') over streets.
3. Shaping of young trees so that they will develop a single tall straight trunk, a strong central framework or branch structure and symmetrical balance crown.
4. Reasonable removal of limbs that seriously interfere with or hinder the proper development of adjacent public way and/or private trees.
B. No person shall, without written permission from the Director of Public Works, remove, destroy, break, cut, deface, trim, injure or interfere with any tree, shrub or woody plant growing in any public way.
C. All contractors, utilities or contractors working for utilities shall not use climbing irons in trees on Village public ways for any purpose other than removal of that tree or in an emergency.
D. Upon the removal of any tree located in a public way, the stump 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. The area shall then be restored by placing four inches (4") of topsoil and seeded.
E. Any tree, limb of a tree, shrub, or other planting which overhangs any public way in such a way as to impede or interfere with traffic or travel or interferes with any public or Village utility or is dead, decaying or broken and likely to fall on or across any public way, shall be removed or trimmed by the owner of the property on which such tree stands or grows. Where the owner has been properly notified of such hazard, and fails to remove same within a specified time the Village may remove the hazard, at the owner's expense. The failure of any owner to pay said expense when due shall constitute a violation of this Code. (Ord. 2001-07, 3-22-2001)