Township of Upper Merion, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Merion 9-11-1961 as part of Ord. No. 108. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Trees and shrubbery — See Ch. 153.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PERMIT
A permit in writing as issued by the Secretary of the Shade Tree and Beautification Commission of Upper Merion Township or the Township Manager.
PERSON
Includes individuals, corporations, groups of individuals, firms, associations and their servants, agents or other employees.
TREE
Any tree, shrub or other woody plant in or upon any public street, highway, avenue, park, parkway or other public area, or that part of any tree, shrub or other woody plant which extends within the lines of any public street, highway, avenue, park, parkway or other public areas in the township.
[Amended 11-12-1962 by Ord. No. 121; 3-8-1982 by Ord. No. 82-430]
A. 
There is hereby created a Shade Tree Commission consisting of five (5) citizens of the township, to be appointed by the Board of Supervisors, to be known as the "Upper Merion Shade Tree and Beautification Commission," which shall have the authority to adopt such rules and regulations as may be necessary for the purpose of carrying out the intent of this chapter. Such regulations for the planting, care, trimming and removal of trees shall not only be aimed at the elimination of economic waste by reason of damage to public property and/or the property of others and the public health, safety and welfare, but also the beautification of the streets, highways, avenues, parks, parkways and other public areas of the township. In carrying out the provisions of this chapter, it may be guided by the standards of the National Shade Tree Conference or any other similar organization which promulgates standards which would carry out the intent of this chapter.
B. 
The Commission shall have the authority to prepare and adopt a street tree plan for all trees in or upon the public streets, highways, avenues, parks, parkways and other public areas which in its opinion shall effectuate the provisions of this chapter, provided that such plan shall not become effective until approved by the Board of Supervisors. The Commissioners shall serve without compensation.
[Amended 11-12-1962 by Ord. No. 121]
One (1) member shall be appointed for a term of one (1) year, one (1) for a term of two (2) years, one (1) for a term of three (3) years, one (1) for a term of four (4) years and one (1) for a term of five (5) years. Upon the expiration of the term of any Shade Tree Commissioner, a successor shall be appointed by the Township Supervisors to serve for a term of five (5) years. Vacancies in the office of Shade Tree Commissioner shall be filled by the Supervisors for the unexpired term.
For the purpose of defraying the cost of the planting, trimming, maintenance and removal of trees and such other expenses of the Commission, the Board of Supervisors may appropriate necessary funds. The Commission may hire employees with the approval of the Board of Supervisors.