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The first annual Bangor Arbor Day was celebrated on April 25, 2014, with two donated Honey Crisp Apple trees being planted in Kiwanis Park (left to right: City Manager Ryan Fellows, Jorge Hernendez, Josh Rigozzi, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Chair TwoCam McLaren, and others).




§ 98.01  DEFINITIONS.

For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.

STREET TREES.  Trees, shrubs, bushes and all other woody vegetation in public parks having individual names, and all areas owned by the city, or to which the public has free access as a park.
(Ord. 138, passed 2-11-80)


§ 98.10  STREET TREE SPECIES TO BE PLANTED.

The following list [see right column] constitutes the official street tree species for the city. No species other than those included in this list may be planted as street trees, without written permission of the City Tree Board.
(Ord. 138, passed 2-11-80)


§ 98.11  SPACING; DISTANCE FROM CURBS, SIDEWALKS, STREET CORNERS
AND FIREPLUGS.

(A) The spacing of street trees will be in accordance with the three species size classes listed in § 98.10 of this chapter, and no trees may be planted closer together than the following: small trees, 30 feet; medium trees, 40 feet; and large trees, 50 feet; except in special planting designed or approved by a landscape architect.

(B) The distance trees may be planted from curbs or curblines and sidewalks will be in accordance with the three species size classes listed in § 98.10, and no trees may be planted closer to any curb or sidewalk than the following: small trees, two feet; medium trees, three feet; and large trees, four feet.

(C) No street tree shall be planted closer than 35 feet of any street corner, measured from the point of nearest intersecting curbs or curblines. No street trees shall be planted closer than ten feet of any fireplugs.
(Ord. 138, passed 2-11-80)  Penalty, see § 10.99


§ 98.12  PLANTING IN VICINITY OF UTILITY LINES OR WIRES.

No street trees other than those species listed as small trees in § 98.10 may be planted under or within ten lateral feet of any overhead utility wire, or over or within five lateral feet of any underground water line, sewer line, transmission line or other utility.
(Ord. 138, passed 2-11-80)  Penalty, see § 10.99


§ 98.13  PUBLIC TREE CARE.

(A) The city shall have the right to plant, prune, maintain and remove trees, plants and shrubs within the lines of all streets, alleys, avenues, lanes, squares and public grounds, as may be necessary to insure public safety or to preserve or enhance the symmetry and beauty of such public grounds.

(B) The City Tree Board may remove or cause or order to be removed, any tree or part thereof, which in an unsafe condition or which by reason of its nature is 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. This section does not prohibit the planting of street trees by adjacent property owners providing that the selection and location of the trees is in accordance with §§ 98.10 through 98.12 of this chapter.
(Ord. 138, passed 2-11-80)


§ 98.14  TREE TOPPING.

It shall be unlawful as a normal practice for any person, firm, or city department to top any street tree, park tree, or other tree on public property. Topping is defined as the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three inches in diameter within the tree's crown to such a degree so as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree. Trees severely damaged by storms or other causes, or certain trees under utility wires or other obstructions where other pruning practices are impractical may be exempted from this chapter at the determination of the City Tree Board.
(Ord. 138, passed 2-11-80)  Penalty, see § 10.99


§ 98.15  PRUNING AND CORNER CLEARANCE.

Every owner of any tree overhanging any street or right-of-way within the city shall prune the branches so that such branches shall not obstruct the light from any street lamp or obstruct the view of any street intersection and so that there shall be a clear space of eight feet above the surface of the street or sidewalk. Said owners shall remove all dead, diseased or dangerous trees, or broken or decayed limbs which constitute a menace to the safety of the public. The city shall have the right to prune any tree or shrub on private property when it interferes with the proper spread of light along the street from a street light or interferes with visibility of any traffic-control device or sign.
(Ord. 138, passed 2-11-80)  Penalty, see § 10.99


§ 98.16  DEAD OR DISEASED TREE REMOVAL ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.

The city shall have the right to cause the removal of any dead or diseased trees on private property within the city, when such trees constitute a hazard to life and property, or harbor insects or disease which constitute a potential threat to other trees within the city. The City Tree Board will notify in writing the owners of such trees. Removal shall be done by the owners at their own expense within 60 days after the date of service of notice. In the event of failure of owners to comply with such provisions, the city shall have the authority to remove such trees and charge the cost of removal on the owners' property tax notice.
(Ord. 138, passed 2-11-80)


§ 98.17  REMOVAL OF STUMPS.

All stumps of street and park trees 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.
(Ord. 138, passed 2-11-80)



ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT


§ 98.30  CITY TREE BOARD; REVIEW OF ACTIONS BY CITY COUNCIL.

(A) There is hereby created and established a City Tree Board which shall consist of five members, citizens and residents of this city, who shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council.

(B) The term of the five persons to be appointed by the Mayor shall be three years except that the term of two of the members appointed to the first board shall be only one year and the term of two members of the first board shall be for two years. In the event that a vacancy shall occur during the term of any member, his successor shall be appointed for the unexpired portion of the term.

(C) Members of the Board shall serve without compensation.
 
(D) It shall be the responsibility of the Board to study, investigate, counsel 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 plan will be presented annually to the City Council and upon their acceptance and approval shall constitute the official comprehensive city tree plan for the city. The Board when requested by the City Council shall consider, investigate, make finding, report and recommend upon any special matter of question coming within the scope of its work.

(E) The Board shall choose its own officers, make its own rules and regulations and keep a journal of its proceedings. A majority of the members shall be a quorum for the transaction of business.

(F) The City Council shall have the right to review the conduct, acts and decisions of the City Tree Board. Any person may appeal from any ruling or order of the City Tree Board to the City Council who may hear the matter and make final decision.
(Ord. 138, passed 2-11-80)


§ 98.31  ARBORIST LICENSE AND BOND.

It shall be unlawful for any person or firm to engage in the business or occupation of pruning, treating, or removing street or park trees within the city without first applying for and procuring a license. The license fee shall be $25 annually in advance; provided, however, that no license shall be required of any public service company or city employee doing such work in the pursuit of their public service endeavors. Before any license shall be issued, each applicant shall first file evidence of possession of liability insurance in the minimum amounts of $50,000 for bodily injury and $100,000 property damage indemnifying the city or any person injured or damaged resulting from the pursuit of such endeavors as herein described.
(Ord. 138, passed 2-11-80)


§ 98.32  INTERFERENCE WITH CITY TREE BOARD.

It shall be unlawful for any person to prevent, delay, or interfere with the City Tree Board, or any of its agents, while engaging in and about the planting, cultivating, mulching, pruning, spraying, or removing of any street trees, park trees, or trees on private grounds, as authorized in this chapter
(Ord. 138, passed 2-11-80)  Penalty, see § 98.99
TREE BOARD

Leon Kriesten
Member

Jo Blasco
Member

Pat Bator
Member


Member

[vacant]
Member



City Ordinances, Section 98.10: STREET TREE SPECIES TO BE PLANTED.

Small Trees
Apricot
Coffeetree
Crabapple
Flowering
Goldenraintree
Hawthorne
Pear, Bradford
Redbud
Soapberry
Lilac, Jap. Tree
Peach Flowering
Plum, Purpleleaf
Serviceberry

Medium Trees
Ash, Green
Redbud
Hackberry
Honeylocust
Linden or Basswood
Mulberry, Red
Oak, Red
Oak, English
Pagodatree, Japanese
Pecan
Birch, River
Osageorange
Persimmon
Poplar, White
Sassafras
Coffeetree
Kentucky
Maple, Sugar
Oak, Bur
Sycamore
Cottonwood