[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Burlington by Ord. No. 8-1997 (Ch. 12.32 of the 1996 Municipal Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Department of Public Works may contract with the owner of any real estate in the City to supply material and labor to him/her for the purpose of planting trees, grass, flowers or shrubbery on any street or parkway and to charge the cost thereof to the owner. If, after such material and labor is supplied, payment is not made therefor on demand, the Department shall certify the actual cost thereof to the Tax Collector, whereupon the sum so certified shall be collected as other taxes are collected on real property in the City.
Except as provided for herein, or by state law, the initial cost of all trees planted by the Department of Public Works, the cost of planting the same, the cost of posts, boxes or guards used for the protection of such trees and the cost of the removal of any tree dangerous to public safety shall be charged upon the real property in front of which such tree or trees are planted or removed as an improvement thereof. Such cost shall be certified by the Department to the Tax Collector and shall thereupon become and be a lien on the property and included in the next tax bill rendered to the owner thereof and collected in the same manner as other taxes on the property. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any planting to replace a tree previously planted by the Department or to plantings in connection with an Arbor Day exercise or other educational demonstration.
In every case in which, under the provisions of this chapter, the property of any abutting owner is to be charged with the cost of the planting of any tree, the Department of Public Works shall give notice of the meeting at which it is proposed to direct such planting, by publishing notice at least once, and not less than 20 days before the meeting, in a newspaper circulating in the City or by the personal service of a copy of the notice upon the abutting owners at least 10 days before the meeting. The notice shall specify the streets or portions thereof on which such planting is proposed and require all persons who may object thereto to present their objections, in writing, at the office of the Department of Public Works at or before the meeting. Before final action is taken, all objections so filed shall be considered. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the planting of a tree at the request of an abutting owner who shall agree in advance to pay the cost thereof.
The Department shall give reasonable notice of its intention to remove a tree or part of a tree dangerous to public safety, unless public safety requires an immediate removal.
No person shall cut, trim, break, injure or destroy any tree in any street or public place without the consent of the Superintendent of Public Works.