[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Maple Bluff 6-11-1996 (§ 1.28 of the 1986 Code); amended in its entirety 4-17-2001. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known, cited and referred to as the "Village of Maple Bluff Urban Forestry Ordinance."
It is hereby declared a matter of public policy that Maple Bluff has a significant stand of mature trees throughout its residential and open spaces. These trees are a primary defining element of Maple Bluff that significantly contributes to the sense of community and quality of life in the Village. Trees identified by the Forestry Committee are those to which the Village has designated special status. These trees are to be protected as a defining element for future Maple Bluff residents.
The Director of Public Works shall serve as the Village Forester.
The Urban Forestry Committee shall consist of seven members, including the Chairman who shall be a member of the Village Board of Trustees, five citizen members and one representative of the Maple Bluff Country Club. Committee members shall be appointed annually for two-year overlapping terms. Appointments shall be made by the Village President subject to confirmation by the Village Board. The Village Forester shall serve as staff liaison to the Committee.
The Urban Forestry Committee shall designate its own officers and make its own rules and regulations. The Village Clerk-Treasurer or his/her designee shall assist the Committee in the preparation of a record of its proceedings. A simple majority of its members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of its business.
The Urban Forestry Committee shall be advisory to the Village Board of Trustees on matters of public policy. The Committee is responsible for maintaining a list of trees approved for planting on public property and shall make recommendations to the Village Forester as to future planting locations. The Committee shall create and update an inventory of Village-owned trees and shall have responsibility for designating any trees having special status.
This Committee will operate as a service and advisory arm only. The Committee will provide information and consultation to Village residents concerning the planting, pruning, and maintenance of trees and shrubs. The Committee will provide information about species and correct planting when requested. The Committee wants to be viewed as a resource that will work in tandem with Village residents to encourage and enhance the natural beauty of our Village.
It shall be the responsibility of the Urban Forestry Committee to develop and update on an annual basis a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, or removal of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas of the Village. Such plan shall be presented annually to the Village Board and, upon its acceptance and approval, shall constitute the Official Comprehensive Village Tree Plan and shall be submitted in support of any Village application for federal, state or private funding for tree planting or maintenance, in support of the Village's application for designation as a "Tree City" or for similar purposes. The Urban Forestry Committee may conduct such other study or investigation or may make such other recommendation or report as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this chapter.
The Committee shall include within its plan a list of species to be planted on Village property, and no other species may be planted on Village property without the approval of the Urban Forestry Committee. The plan shall also specify the spacing for trees to be planted on Village Property and the distance from street corners, fireplugs, utility lines, curbs and sidewalks for such plantings.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- VILLAGE FORESTER
- The individual or entity appointed by the Village President pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
- VILLAGE PROPERTY
- Includes all property owned by the Village of Maple Bluff, including, without limitation, public parks, rights-of-way, and Village Center grounds, but excluding the property leased to the Maple Bluff Country Club.
The Urban Forestry Committee shall, in its discretion, advise the Village Forester or other relevant Village officer of any tree or part thereof which is in an unsafe condition or which is injurious to public utility lines or public improvements or is affected with any injurious fungus, insect, or other pest or disease.
It shall be unlawful for any person to plant, remove, damage, or disturb any tree on Village Property without first obtaining consent of the Village Forester upon the advice and consent of the Urban Forestry Committee.
It shall be unlawful for any person to prune or mutilate any tree located on Village property.
The Urban Forestry Committee shall propose to the Village Board of Trustees rules, regulations and specifications concerning the trimming, spraying, removal, planting, pruning, and protection of trees on Village property which the Committee deems necessary and in the public interest.