[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Waterford 11-12-1990 by Ord. No. 4-1990. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Trees — See Ch. 249.
There is hereby created and established a Shade Tree Commission for the Borough of Waterford, Erie County, Pennsylvania, which shall consist of three members, all of whom shall be citizens and residents of the Borough of Waterford, and who shall be appointed by the Borough Council, to serve without compensation, for a term of three years; provided, however, that the term of one member of the first commission shall be three years, one member shall be for two years, and one member shall be for one year. Vacancies in the office of Shade Tree Commissioner shall be filled by the Borough Council for the unexpired balance of the term.
In addition to the three Shade Tree Commissioners appointed by Borough Council, the Shade Tree Commission itself is hereby authorized to delegate responsibility to associate members of the Shade Tree Commission, which associate members shall be nonvoting members. Associate members shall report to and be responsible to the Shade Tree Commissioners. Associate members need not be residents of the Borough, nor need they be ratified by Borough Council. However, the Chairman of the Shade Tree Commission shall notify Borough Council of the appointment of such associate members and the term of their appointment.
The Shade Tree Commission shall choose its own officers, and make its own rules and regulations under and subject to Robert's Rules of Order. Regular minutes of the meeting shall be kept. A majority of the Shade Tree Commissioners shall be a quorum for transaction of business.
It shall be the responsibility of the Shade Tree Commission to educate, inform, and promulgate regulations for the care and protection of shade trees within the Borough of Waterford. The Shade Tree Commission shall be authorized to plant, maintain, and protect shade trees on the streets and highways within the Borough. The Shade Tree Commission shall make a recommendation to Borough Council with respect to the proposed removal of any shade tree within the Borough, and it shall be the responsibility of Borough Council to take the appropriate action with the owner.
The Shade Tree Commission, when and if requested by Borough Council, shall consider, investigate, make findings and report and recommend upon any special matter or question coming within the scope of its work.
The Shade Tree Commission shall present an annual report to Borough Council. The report will be written and may include suggestions for care, preservation, pruning, planting, and replanting trees and shrubs along streets and other public areas within the Borough.
The Shade Tree Commission shall have the right to recommend to Borough Council the removal of any dead or diseased tree on public or private property within the Borough when such tree or trees constitute a hazard to life and property, or harbor insects or disease which constitute a potential threat to other trees within the Borough. Such recommendation to Council shall be in writing, and shall contain the reasons therefor.
The Shade Tree Commission shall present to Borough Council a proposed budget for the forthcoming year, in time for consideration by Borough Council during the normal Borough budgetary process. All budgeted funds for the Shade Tree Commission shall be disbursed by the Borough Treasurer after approval of the bills by Borough Council in the normal manner.