Sec. 25-3. Acts declared unlawful.


It is hereby declared unlawful:


(1) To permit any tree, bush or shrub or any portion thereof or any debris resulting from its removal to remain upon or in any street, alley or other public property later than one (1) hour before sunset without placing sufficient lighted barricades to properly warn all users of such street, alley or other public property.


(2) To leave, remain or to abandon a felled tree or any portion thereof or any cut shrub or bush or any portion thereof, upon, across or in any public or private property of others. All such obstruction, together with all debris resulting from such cutting, shall immediately be removed and the premises made broom clean of all rubbish resulting from such operation without delay or interruption.


(3)       For any person to plant any tree closer than five (5) feet to the back of the curb of any street, except on residential streets with a speed limit of twenty-five (25) miles per hour or less, or with approval of the city engineer.


(4) To plant or maintain shrubs or vegetation, other than trees, that exceed three (3) feet in height on that area of a property between the property line and street known as the terrace.


(5) To plant evergreen trees on that area of property between the property line and street known as the terrace.


(6) As a normal practice for any person, or firm, to top any tree on public property. Topping is defined as the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three (3) inches in diameter within the trees crown to such a degree to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree. Trees severely damaged by storms or other causes or certain trees under utility wires or other obstructions where other pruning practices are impractical may be exempted from this ordinance at the determination of the fire chief or his/her designee.


(7) To plant a tree or shrub closer than ten (10) feet to any fire hydrant or to maintain any tree or shrub in a manner contrary to section 8-4 of this code.


(8) To plant a tree other than a small species of tree having a mature height of fifteen (15) feet or less within ten (10) lateral feet of any overhead utility wire.


(9) For any person required to maintain trees or shrubs on property pursuant to this chapter or to allow any limbs, branches or foliage to interfere with the necessary visibility of any traffic control device. The city may, without prior notice, remove or trim any limbs, branches or foliage interfering with the visibility of a traffic control device.


Source:  Ord. No. 3858, 2, 4-20-92; Ord. No. 5810, 1, 12-19-22;