Borough of Somerville, NJ
Somerset County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Somerville as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 2-22-83 as Ord. No. 939]
All dead or diseased trees or portions of such trees, or any trees or portions of trees deemed necessary for removal by the Borough Engineer or Borough Parks and Recreation Director, which are deemed reasonably useful for firewood or wood by-products after removal from borough lands by borough employees in the performance of their duties during any calendar year, shall be sectioned or shredded and stored as firewood or wood by-products in such a manner and at such place as designated from time to time by the Borough Parks and Recreation Director.
From time to time, the Borough Parks and Recreation Director shall conduct a duly advertised public sale of all stored firewood and wood by-products. The time, place and manner of such sale and the price and the unit or quantity of wood for sale available to any one purchaser shall be determined by the Borough Parks and Recreation Director. However, in the event that there are more prospective purchasers than available units of wood, no more than one (1) cord of wood shall be sold to any one (1) purchaser. In the event that there are more prospective purchasers than available units of wood for sale, then the Borough Parks and Recreation Director shall create and maintain a waiting list of prospective resident purchasers. Persons on such list shall have a priority to purchase at the next sale. Borough residents shall have a preference over nonresidents, and no wood shall be sold at any sale to nonresidents unless and until all resident purchasers have had the additional opportunity to purchase all remaining units of wood at the set price.
[Amended 11-4-85 by Ord. No. 995]
All proceeds of any sale conducted by the Borough Parks and Recreation Director shall be payable to the Borough of Somerville and shall be deposited in a trust fund specifically designated for trees and shrub replacement on borough lands.
[Adopted 5-4-2015 by Ord. No. 2469]
The following standards shall apply to the placement of street trees:
A. 
Street trees shall be located where they will not interfere with curbs, sidewalks, driveways, electric or telephone wires and poles, utility lines or pipes located above or below the ground, where they will not interfere with proper distribution of light from street lighting fixtures and where they will not interfere with proper sight distance.
B. 
Street trees shall be placed approximately 50 feet on center and/or as required by local land use boards taking into account the location of utility structures and driveways and other structures.
C. 
The choice of tree species shall be approved by the Borough and/or the appropriate land use board.
D. 
The species that shall be planted within the Special Improvement District shall be Japanese Tree Lilac.
E. 
If shade trees are required by the appropriate land use board or the Borough and are unable to be planted, the applicant shall pay a fee of $650 per tree to the Borough.