[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Marple 7-12-1971 as Ch. 20 of the 1971 Code; amended in its entirety 4-11-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-2. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Trees — See Ch. 280.
In accordance with Section 3020 et seq. of the Pennsylvania First Class Township Code (53 P.S. § 58020 et seq.), the Marple Tree Commission (the “Commission”) is hereby established.
The Marple Township Tree Commission shall be composed of five residents appointed by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Marple who shall serve without compensation. The Members of the Commission shall serve at the will of the Board of Commissioners.
Initially, one member shall be appointed for a term of five years, one member shall be appointed for a term of four years, one member shall be appointed for a term of three years, one for a term of two years, and one for a term of one year. Upon expiration of the first terms of the first appointed members, all subsequent appointments shall be for terms of five years each. Any vacancy in the office of a member shall be filled by the Board of Commissioners for the unexpired term.
Appointed members may invite associate members to serve on the Marple Tree Commission, as well as other volunteers to assist with specific projects. Associate members shall have no voting rights or powers and shall serve in an advisory/volunteer capacity only.
The appointed members of the Commission shall have oversight of all of the trees in the Township rights-of-way and on other public property such as municipal parks and facilities in the Township. The Commission shall have all of the powers vested in such Commissions by the First Class Township Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and all amendments, changes or additions thereto.
The Commission may, with the approval of the Township Board of Commissioners, employ and pay such superintendents, engineers, foresters, tree wardens or other assistants as the proper performance of the duties devolving upon it shall require.
The Commission may recommend publication of regulations for the care and protection of the trees of the Township, provided that no such regulation shall be in force until it has been approved by the Township Commissioners and until it has been advertised according to law at least twice in not more than two newspapers of general circulation in the Township. The Commission shall recommend enforcement of such regulations to the Director of Code Enforcement.
The Commission shall annually report in full to the Township Commissioners its transactions and expenses for the last fiscal year of the Township.