[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Edgewood 3-20-2017 by Ord. No. 1060. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Trees — See Ch. 188.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The Borough of Edgewood.
- BOROUGH COUNCIL
- The duly appointed members of the Council of the Borough of Edgewood.
- The duly appointed members of the Shade Tree Advisory Committee of the Borough of Edgewood.
- PRIVATE PROPERTY
- All real estate within the Borough of Edgewood except real estate that is owned, leased, controlled or occupied by local, state or federal government agencies.
- The area of any public street, road, highway or other publicly held thoroughfare that has been designated by law as a public right-of-way.
- The paved area which extends from the property line to the outer edge of the curbing.
- Any public street, avenue, road, drive, circle, square, alley, way, highway, sidewalk or other public place located in the Borough, as established within the ordained right-of-way.
- STREET TREE
- Any tree on the land lying between the sidewalk and the street and owned by the Borough.
- When used by itself, any woody plant which generally includes those having a single main stem which grows to a mature height of over 10 feet.
There is hereby established an Edgewood Shade Tree Advisory Committee. The Committee shall be comprised of no less than three and no more than five members who are residents of the Borough and who shall be appointed by and shall serve at the pleasure of the Council. The Council shall, where possible, appoint residents who have a strong interest and knowledge of the issues related to the preservation and expansion of the Borough's trees.
The term of office for the Shade Tree Advisory Committee members shall be fixed for three years. Appointments to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired term.
The responsibility of the Committee shall be to advise the Borough Council on matters of policy involving the preservation of street trees.
The Committee shall act as a resource to the Borough and residents on proper arboriculture and urban forestry principles and practices. The Committee shall promote tree planting and care of private trees through outreach and education to Borough residents, which may include such activities as writing articles for the Borough newsletter, offering activities relating to trees at public events.
The Committee shall assist the Borough with identifying funding programs that support the preservation of street trees and the planting of new street trees. Any such grants or funding opportunities will be applied for and implemented by Borough employees after approval by the Borough Council.
The Committee shall make recommendations for street tree species selection, placement, removal and pruning.
When requested by the Council, the Committee shall make findings, reports and recommendations to the Council on special matters such as potential threats to Borough trees (i.e., pests and disease).
The Committee shall periodically review the Borough's tree ordinances and recommend changes to the Borough Council.
Communication with the Borough's arborist is encouraged to discuss planned care for Borough trees.
In accordance with the Borough Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, final decisions with respect to the cutting or removal of trees owned by the Borough for any reason, including disease or circumstances which present a threat to public safety or health, shall rest with the Borough Manager, who shall have authority to direct the Edgewood Borough Public Works Department or a professional arborist regarding any plantings, removals or pruning of street trees.
The Borough and/or its professional tree service company, shall have exclusive custody and control of, and the power to plant, remove, prune, protect and care for any street trees. The final determination with respect to the expenditure of Borough funds for street trees or activities of the Shade Tree Committee, including any final decisions with respect to the removal, pruning or planting of trees, shall rest with the appropriate officials of Edgewood Borough, including the Borough Manager.
The Committee shall not have the authority to restrict the planting, pruning or removal of trees on private property. Borough funds will not be allocated for the planting, pruning or removal of trees on private property.