[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Sauk City as Ch. 12.06 of the 1970 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Trees standing in or upon any lot or land adjacent to any public street or place, but specifically excepting trees located on tree banks, shall be pruned and trimmed so that the lowest branches projecting over the public street or alley will provide a clearance of not less than 14 feet, and a clearance of not less than 10 feet over any other public place, and so that no dead, broken, or otherwise hazardous branches shall be likely to fall and do injury to the public. Any tree not trimmed as provided in this section shall be deemed hazardous.
No person shall hereinafter plant any tree or shrub in or upon any tree bank within the Village except as provided in this section.
On corner lots, no tree or shrub shall be planted within 20 feet from the point of intersection of the curblines of intersecting streets.
On lots containing less than a seventy-five-foot frontage, not more than one tree per lot frontage shall be planted. On lots of 75 feet or more, spacing of at least 30 feet between trees shall be maintained.
On side yard tree banks, not more than two trees per 120 feet of frontage shall be planted, and the same shall not be nearer than 20 feet to the intersection, as specified in Subsection A of this section, and shall be at least 20 feet from the alley line.
In all instances where a tree or trees shall be removed from the tree bank as provided in § 303-3 of this chapter, the Village may replace such tree or trees with an approved variety and in conformity with the planting requirements set forth in this section.
Any tree or part thereof, whether alive or dead, which the Village Board or agents designated by it find to be infected, hazardous, or a nuisance so as to endanger the public or other trees, plants or shrubs growing within the Village, or to be injurious to sewers, sidewalks or other public improvements, and growing upon private property, but specifically excepting trees located on the tree bank, shall be removed, trimmed, or treated by the owner of the property upon or adjacent to which such tree or part thereof is located.
The Village Board or agents designated by it shall give written notice to the owner to remedy the situation which shall be served personally or posted upon the affected tree. Such notice shall specifically state the period of time within which the action must be taken, which shall be within not less than 24 hours nor more than 14 days, as determined by the Village Board or agents designated by it, on the basis of the seriousness of the condition of the tree or danger to the public.
If the owner fails to remove, treat or trim the tree within the time limit, the Village Board or agents designated by it shall cause the tree to be removed, treated, or trimmed and shall report the full cost thereof to the Village Administrator, who shall thereupon enter such costs as a special charge against the property.
No person shall hereafter plant or maintain within the Village any female tree of the species Populus celtoides, commonly called the "Cottonwood" or any tree commonly called the "seed-bearing Box Elder" or "Ace Negundo," which may now or hereafter become infested with Box Elder bugs, and such trees are declared a nuisance.
No person shall hereafter plant any Catalpa, Chinese Elm, White Poplar, Lombardy Poplar, Basswood, Black Willow or Soft Maple trees or evergreens, or any fruit or nut tree in or upon tree bank, public street, parkway, boulevard, or other public place within the Village, unless he shall first secure written permission from the Village Board or agents designated by it, who shall not approve any such planting if in their opinion the tree will constitute a nuisance to the public or adjoining property owners or interfere with the safety of the public or the operation of any sewer or water system. The Village Board or agents designated by it shall cause the removal of any tree planted in violation of this section.