[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Appomattox 7-13-2009. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the purpose of this chapter to promote and protect the public health, safety and general welfare by providing for the regulation of the planting, maintenance, preservation and removal of trees and shrubs on public property within the Town of Appomattox.
The purpose of this chapter is to further promote the following:
The planting, maintenance, restoration, and survival of desirable trees and shrubs within the Town.
The protection of community residents and visitors from personal injury and property damage and the protection of the Town from property damage caused or threatened by the improper planting, maintenance, or removal of trees and shrubs located on public property.
The reduction of erosion and sedimentation.
The reduction of stormwater runoff and its associated costs.
The protection and enhancement of property values and aesthetic qualities in the Town.
The protection and enhancement of the overall environment of the Town.
The protection of bird habitat as the Town of Appomattox is a bird sanctuary.
The enhancement of the quality of life of the Town and its citizens.
The facilitation of the long-range planning of tree care in the Town.
There is hereby created and established the Town of Appomattox Tree Board, which shall be made up of seven members; five of whom are to be citizens and residents of the Town of Appomattox, Virginia, and are to be appointed by the Town Council. The Town may appoint a member recommended by the Appomattox Garden Club, and nonresidence in the Town shall not impair the membership status of this individual. The Virginia State Forester shall serve as a standing member of the Board.
Terms of office.
Each member shall be appointed for a term of two years, or until his/her successor is appointed, except that the initial appointment of two members shall be for one-year terms and the remaining members for two-year terms.
Members may be reappointed to serve consecutive terms as determined appropriate by the Town Council.
The Board shall elect a Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer who shall serve annual terms and may succeed themselves.
Minutes and rules.
The Board shall adopt such operating guidelines, rules and regulations as it may consider necessary. The Board shall have no executive authority, its powers being strictly advisory.
The Board shall keep minutes of its proceedings, showing the vote of each member upon each question or, if absent or failing to vote, indicating such fact. It shall keep records of its examinations and other such official actions, all of which shall be immediately filed in the Town office and shall be a public record.
All meetings of the Board shall be open to the public.
A majority of its members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. In the event one or more seats on the Board are vacant, a majority of the nonvacant seats shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
The Board will meet monthly, or at least 10 times per year.
The Appomattox Tree Board shall have the following duties:
The Tree Board shall recommend tree preservation and enhancement ordinances.
The Tree Board shall investigate, develop, 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 shall be presented annually to the Town Council, and upon itsr acceptance and approval, shall constitute the official Comprehensive Tree Plan for the Town of Appomattox.
The Tree Board shall promote programs that educate citizens about trees and their benefits and assist in choosing appropriate trees and sites for planting.
The Tree Board shall develop a capital tree management program for the public sector and with voluntary participation for the private sector. This plan shall be updated every five years.
The Tree Board shall plan and coordinate an annual Arbor Day observance.
The Tree Board shall assist in such other duties as assigned.
All persons interested in urban forestry in the Town are invited to make gifts, devises and bequests to the Town to be used for that purpose. All donations of money shall be made through the Town Treasurer, who is hereby authorized and directed to receive such donations. All such monies shall be used only for the purpose of planting, maintenance, and promotion of the urban forest in the Town. Expenditures from these donations shall be made by the Town Manager as authorized, from time to time, by the Town Council.
The Tree Board may, with the consent of the Town Council, apply for federal, state, or private grants or funding, and/or assistance, and to aid in the performance of its duties.
Upon request of the Tree Board with approval by the Town Manager, the departments, boards, commissions, offices and agencies of the Town Government shall furnish to the Council such available information and render such service as may be needed in the performance of their duties.