[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Crystal Lake as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 1-19-1993 (Art. VI, Ch. II, Section E, of the 1993 Code)]
If the City Manager or any duly appointed inspector or official shall have reason to believe that any elm tree, shrub, or brush has the Dutch elm disease, the City Manager or any duly appointed inspector or official shall have the right to enter on the property or premises on which said tree, trees, shrub, shrubs, or brush is located and shall have the power to inspect or cause to be inspected from time to time said tree, shrub, or brush on said property; and the City Manager or duly appointed inspector or official shall have the right to remove a sufficient specimen from said tree, trees, shrubs, or brush for laboratory analysis.
If the laboratory analysis or an opinion of a qualified tree surgeon or horticulturist discloses the infection or infestation of Dutch elm disease of any tree, brush, or shrub the City Manager shall cause notice to be sent by registered mail or personally served upon the person to whom was sent the tax bill for the general taxes for the last preceding year on the property where said tree, brush, or shrub is located. The notice shall conform to the statutory requirements, and the recipient shall have not less than 30 days from the date of receipt of the notice to remove and destroy said tree, brush, or shrub infected or infested by Dutch elm disease.
Whenever such owner or responsible person refuses or neglects to remove and destroy any tree, brush, or shrub infected or infested by Dutch elm disease the City of Crystal Lake may enter upon the premises on which said tree, brush, or shrub is located and remove and destroy same, and all costs of said removal and destruction of the tree, brush, or shrub shall be collectable from the owner.
If the owner does not make payment for the cost of removal or destruction of said tree, brush, or shrub and other costs, the City of Crystal Lake within 60 days from the date such costs and expenses were incurred may file a lien upon the real estate affected as provided by statute.
Editor's Note: Former Art. II, Preservation, adopted 9-3-2002 by Ord. No. 5554 (Art. III, Ch. III, Section E, of the 1993 Code), as amended, which immediately followed this article, was repealed 4-21-2009 by Ord. No. 6461. See the Unified Development Ordinance available in the City offices or on-line at www.crystallake.org.