[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Clinton 8-19-1998. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The main purpose of this chapter is to protect our valuable urban forest resource. Trees play important roles for the community by providing air purification, habitats for animals, control of noise pollution, and stabilization of soils, providing shade and creating esthetic beauty along Town roads, in public parks and on Town-owned areas. It is also the intent of this chapter to promote and protect the public health and safety on Town property and roads by maintaining the Town's trees.
By this chapter, the Town of Clinton will regulate and control on Town property the planting, removal, maintenance and protection of Town trees to ensure the safety of the public and maintain the beauty of our Town trees.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions apply:
- All operation of trimming, pruning, spraying, injecting, fertilizing, treating, bracing, surgery and cutting above or below the ground.
- The permanent placement of any tree.
- Actual physical removal or the effective removal through chemical application or other direct or indirect action resulting in the death of a tree.
- TOWN PROPERTY
- Any land that the Town of Clinton owns or has a right-of-way.
- A woody plant that has a well-defined trunk and a crown attaining a height of over eight feet.
- URBAN FOREST
- Trees that are integrated along streets, in public areas and parks.
The Town of Clinton Tree Warden shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen and shall have all powers, duties, and authorities ascribed to him/her as set out in the Connecticut Public Shade Tree Statutes, particularly C.G.S. §§ 23-58, 23-59, 23-60 and 23-65, as may be amended, and this chapter. The Tree Warden should be a resident of the Town of Clinton. The Tree Warden should be an arborist. The Town Tree Warden will inform the Town Tree Committee of any action prior to the removal or planting of Town trees.
There shall be a Tree Committee which shall be composed of no fewer than two nor more than eight members appointed for a term of two years by the Board of Selectmen. The requirements and duties of these members shall be:
To have working knowledge of the habitat, planting, growth, care and placing of trees.
To develop and maintain a working relationship with the Town Tree Warden.
To assist the Tree Warden in assuring appropriate trees are planted in properly designated locations.
To help develop and maintain a Town tree inventory.
To work to educate the residents of Clinton on the importance of the urban forest.
To raise funds for tree planting as deemed necessary.
To coordinate and direct the work of any volunteers who wish to contribute their time.
Damage to trees. No person, company, utility or government agency shall on Town-owned property in the Town of Clinton prune, remove, deface, cut, paint, mark, injure, mutilate, kill, or destroy any tree or permit any animal under his or its control to do so; permit any fire to injure any portion of any tree; or permit any toxic chemical to seep, drain or be emptied on or about any tree. During construction operations, any contractor (public or private) shall erect suitable protective barriers around Town trees which may be injured as a result of construction activity.
Fastening materials to trees. No person shall fasten any sign, playbill, picture, notice, advertisement, rope, wire, climbing spurs or other materials to, around, or through any Town trees, except in an emergency, such as storms or accidents.
Public utilities. Public utility work affecting trees shall be limited to the actual necessities of the service of the company. The Town Tree Warden shall review such work at least two months prior to being undertaken, and such work done in a neat and professional manner.