Village of Great Neck Plaza, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck Plaza: Art. I, 7-31-1930 as Ord. No. 14; Art. II, 11-20-1973 as L.L. No. 15-1973. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 89.
Parks — See Ch. 153.
[Adopted 7-31-1930 as Ord. No. 14]

§ 199-1 Unlawful acts; penalties for offenses. [1]

No person shall fix or attach a sign to any tree along the streets of the Village, and no person shall willfully injure, damage or destroy any shade trees planted along the streets, grass plots or sidewalks of the incorporated Village, nor injure nor deface any building, fence or ornamental thing in said Village, under penalty of a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for a period of not more than 15 days, or both.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.
[Adopted 11-20-1973 as L.L. No. 15-1973]

§ 199-2 Findings; intent.

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck Plaza hereby finds that Village-owned trees are unnecessarily damaged due to construction activities undertaken in areas adjacent to said trees. The Board further finds that Village-owned trees are damaged as a result of unauthorized cutting of such trees. The Board of Trustees, therefore, finds that it is necessary to adopt this Article in order to establish standards which will control activities which otherwise might damage Village-owned trees.

§ 199-3 Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PERSON
An individual, a partnership, a corporation, an association, a joint-stock company, a trust, any unincorporated organization or a government or political subdivision thereof.
ROOT SURFACE OF A VILLAGE-OWNED TREE
That surface which is an equal perimeter at the base of the tree to the furthermost tip of the most extended branch of said tree.
STREET
Includes but is not be limited to roads, gutters, driveways and curbs and sidewalks.
VILLAGE-OWNED TREE
All trees which are located on a street or Village property.

§ 199-4 Unlawful acts; restrictions.

A. 
No person shall:
(1) 
Cut, prune or otherwise damage the trunk, the branches, the roots or any other part of a Village-owned tree without a prior written permit from the Superintendent of Public Works.
(2) 
Pile or otherwise store excess soil from excavation or grading on top of the root surface of a Village-owned tree without a prior written permit from the Superintendent of Public Works.
(3) 
Lay paving over the root surface of a Village-owned tree without a prior written permit from the Superintendent of Public Works.
(4) 
Reconstruct the grade of the root surface of a Village-owned tree more than eight inches above the original grade nor less than the original grade without a prior written permit from the Superintendent of Public Works.
B. 
Any person who engages in any construction work of any kind within eight feet of the root surface of a Village-owned tree shall be required to have boards of two-inch minimum thickness fastened around the entire perimeter of the trunk of the Village-owned tree from the base of the tree to a height of 10 feet or the lowest branch, whichever is lower, which boards shall be held in place by a suitable expandable banding material, such as nylon rope. Such protection shall be kept intact during all phases of construction and until the work is completed.
C. 
Any person who engages in any construction work of any kind within eight feet of the root surface of a Village-owned tree shall be required prior to the commencement of any construction work to root-feed said tree with a suitable formula by a firm qualified to engage in such business.
D. 
Any person who engages in construction work within eight feet of the root surface of a Village-owned tree or engages in construction activity on a street or Village-owned property shall be deemed to have agreed to employ a duly qualified firm approved by the Superintendent of Public Works to repair any Village-owned tree which is damaged as a result of said person's construction activities or, if deemed necessary by the Superintendent of Public Works, to remove said tree, including the stump, and plant a comparable tree in its place.

§ 199-5 Penalties for offenses. [1]

Any person who violates any provision of this Article shall be liable to pay a penalty not to exceed $250 or be imprisoned for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both, for each such violation.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

§ 199-6 Supersession of inconsistent provisions.

This Article shall supersede all other local laws, ordinances, resolutions, rules and regulations of the Village of Great Neck Plaza to the extent that they are inconsistent with this Article.