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TITLE 5 PUBLIC UTILITIES AND PROPERTY

CHAPTER 3 TREES AND SHRUBBERY

SECTION 5-3-3 TREE COMMITTEE

The Tree Committee for the City of Menan shall consist of four members, who shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, and shall serve without compensation.  In addition, there shall be one City Council member appointed by the Mayor to serve on the Tree Committee as an advisor.  The Tree Committee shall elect a chairman, vice chairman, and secretary from within its membership.  The committee shall meet as needed, but at least once each year to review plans for the coming year.  Tree Committee meetings shall comply with open meeting requirements.  A majority of the committee members must be present for voting purposes.
   
  (A)          Term of Office: The term of office for the original appointed members shall be two members appointed for two years and two members appointed for three years.  Thereafter, reappointive terms for each member shall be for two years.  In the event a vacancy occurs a successor shall be appointed and shall fulfill the term of the person being replaced.
   
  (B)           Duties:  It shall be the duty of the Tree Committee to study, investigate, council and develop and/or update annually, and administer a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas.  Such plans will be presented to the City Council for approval.  The Tree Committee should hold workshops and provide information to the citizens of Menan to promote good tree care.
   
  (C)          Applicability:  This chapter provides full power and authority over all trees, plants and shrubs located within the street rights-of-way, parks, and public places of the City.
  (D)          Licensing and Insurance:  Public trees and shrubs shall be maintained by qualified city employees or by a business that is licensed and insured.
   
  (E)           Landscaping: Landscape plans of public property or commercial developments shall be submitted to the Tree Committee for review prior to breaking ground.
   
  (F)           Private Tree Care:  The City of Menan will not dictate policy for trees on private property.  The Tree Committee will provide citizens with education on proper tree planting and maintenance as needed.
   
  (G)          Public Tree Care:  Public tree care and management will be done in accordance with the forestry work plan prepared by the Tree Committee.  Pruning of public trees shall be performed in accordance with ANSI Standard A300-2001.