All trees in the public domain, including those located in Town rights-of-way and parks and on Town property, are subject to the provisions of this chapter.
It shall be the responsibility of the Mayor and Common Council, with the guidance and assistance of the special committee on trees, parks and environment, to develop and/or 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 within the corporate limits of the Town. Such a plan will be presented annually to the Town Council and upon their acceptance and approval shall constitute the Official Comprehensive Tree Plan for the Town.
The Town shall hire a professional arborist to consult on the health and status of Town trees, to recommend pruning, planting and removal of trees, and to assist the Town in the development and review of a Town Tree Plan, and perform such other tasks as directed by the Town. The Town Arborist shall be hired by and report to the Mayor.
The Town Council does hereby establish a special Committee on Trees, Parks, and Environment, for the review of all matters concerning Town trees as defined in this chapter, and other responsibilities as determined by the Council. The Committee, which is to be appointed by the Mayor with consent of the Council, will consist of Council members and citizens of the Town with particular expertise or interest in trees, parks and environment. The Committee is also authorized to sponsor educational activities that:
[Revised and effective 10-10-2004]
The Town may offer reimbursement of up to $300 toward the purchase price of any tree listed in the Official Town Shade Tree List that is planted on private property, not to exceed a total of $900 in a five-year period to any individual household or property, upon such terms and conditions as the Town deems reasonable. Any reimbursements are subject to appropriation and available funding. Approved reimbursement will be made available after successful planting of said tree(s).
No person shall remove or destroy, or cause the removal or destruction, of a tree, or undertake and action that will substantially impair the health or growth of a tree of any size or description located in the public right-of-way or on Town property unless authorized by the Mayor pursuant to state law and relevant Town right-of-way agreements or easements.
A violation of § 15-105 shall constitute a municipal infraction, for which a fine of $200 may be imposed for each violation.