SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP SHADE TREE COMMISSION 5 Retreat Road Southampton, New Jersey Southampton Township Shade Tree Commission Ordinance

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SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP SHADE TREE COMMISSION 5 Retreat Road Southampton, New Jersey Southampton Township Shade Tree Commission Ordinance 2-4 SHADE TREE COMMISSION Definitions. a. Street trees
SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP SHADE TREE COMMISSION 5 Retreat Road Southampton, New Jersey Southampton Township Shade Tree Commission Ordinance 2-4 SHADE TREE COMMISSION Definitions. a. Street trees shall mean trees, shrubs, bushes and other woody vegetation on land adjacent to all streets, avenues, or ways within the township. b. Park trees shall mean trees, shrubs, bushes and other woody vegetation in public parks having individual names, and all areas owned by the township, or to which the public has free access as a park Creation and Establishment of a Shade Tree Commission. There is hereby created and established a shade tree commission for the Township of Southampton which shall consist of five members, citizens and residents of the township, who shall be appointed by the mayor with the approval of the township committee Term of Office. The term of the five persons to be appointed by the mayor shall be five years except that the term of the two new members appointed pursuant to this section shall expire in December 31, 1994 and 1995 respectively Compensation. Members of the shade tree commission shall serve without compensation Duties and Responsibilities. It shall be the responsibility of the shade tree commission to study, investigate, counsel and develop and/or update annually, and administer a master plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas. Such plan will be presented annually to the township committee and upon their acceptance and approval shall constitute the official comprehensive tree plan for Southampton Township, State of New Jersey. The shade tree commission when requested by the township committee shall consider, investigate, make finding, report and recommend upon any special matter or question coming within the scope of its work Operation. The shade tree commission shall choose its own officers, make its own rules and regulations and keep a journal of its proceedings. A majority of the members shall be a quorum for the transaction of business Street Tree Species to be Planted. No species other than those recommended by the commission may be planted as street trees without approval of the Southampton Township Shade Tree Commission. Such species will be in keeping with other trees in the respective areas of the township. 2-4.8 Spacing. The spacing of street trees will be in accordance with the master plan Distance from Curbs and Sidewalks. Distance from curb and sidewalks will be in accordance with the tree master plan Distance from Street Corners and Fireplugs. Distance from street corners and fireplugs will be in accordance with the tree master plan Utilities. Utilities will be in accordance with the tree master plan Public Tree Care. Southampton Township shall have the right to plant, prune, maintain and remove trees, plants and shrubs within the lines of all streets, alleys, avenues, land, squares, and public grounds, as may be necessary to insure public safety or to preserve or enhance the symmetry and beauty of such public grounds. The shade tree commission may remove or cause or order to be removed, any tree or part thereof which is in an unsafe condition or which by reason of its nature is injurious to sewers, electric power lines, gas lines, water lines, or other public improvements, or is infected with any injurious fungus, insect or other pest. This subsection does not prohibit the planting of street trees by adjacent property owners providing that the selection and location of said trees is in accordance with subsections through of this section Tree Topping. It shall be unlawful as a normal practice for any person, firm or city department to top any street tree, park tree, or other tree on public property. Topping is defined as the severe cutting back of limbs to stubs larger than three inches in diameter within the tree's crown to such a degree so as 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 section at the discretion of the shade tree commission Pruning Corner Clearance. Every owner of any tree overhanging any street or right of way within Southampton Township shall prune the branches so that such branches shall not obstruct the light from any street lamp or obstruct the view of any street intersection and so that there shall be a clear space of 12 feet above roadway, eight feet above walkway. Said owners shall remove all dead, diseased or dangerous trees, or broken or decayed limbs which constitute a menace to the safety of the public. Southampton Township shall have the right to prune any tree or shrub on private property when it interferes with the proper spread of light along the street from a street light or interferes with visibility of any traffic control device or sign Dead or Diseased Tree Removal on Private Property. Southampton Township shall have the right to cause the removal of any dead or diseased trees on private property within Southampton Township when such trees constitute a hazard to life and property, or harbor insects or disease which constitute a potential threat to other trees within Southampton Township. The shade tree commission will notify in writing the owners of such trees. Removal shall be done by said owners at their own expense within 60 days after the date of service of notice. In the event of failure of owners to comply with such provisions, Southampton Township shall have the authority to remove such trees and charge the cost of removal on the owners property tax notice Removal of Stumps. All stumps of street and park trees shall be removed below the surface of the ground so that the top of the stump shall not project above the surface of the ground Interference with Shade Tree Commission. It shall be unlawful for any person to prevent, delay or interfere with the shade tree commission or any of its agents, while engaging in and about planting, cultivating, mulching, pruning, spraying or removing of any street trees, park trees, or trees on private grounds, as authorized in this section Arborists License and Bond. It shall be unlawful for any person or firm to engage in the business or occupation of pruning, treating, or removing street or park trees within Southampton Township without first applying for and procuring a permit. The permit shall be two ($2.00) dollars annually in advance; provided however, that no permit shall be required of any public service company or township employee doing such work in the pursuit of their public service endeavors. Before any permit shall be issued, each applicant shall first file evidence of possession of liability insurance indemnifying the township or any person injured or damage resulting from the pursuit of such endeavors as herein described Review by Township Committee. The township committee shall have the right to review the conduct, acts, and decisions of the shade tree commission. Any person may appeal from any ruling or order of the shade tree commission to the township committee who may hear the matter and make final decision Penalty. Any person violating any provision of this section shall be, upon conviction or a plea of guilty in Southampton Township Municipal Court, subject to a fine not to exceed five hundred ($500.00) dollars. SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP SHADE TREE COMMISSION 5 Retreat Road Southampton, New Jersey Weekly Citizen Volunteers and Paid Personnel Time Sheet For Tree Related Activities Please fill out this form every week to ensure accurate recordkeeping! All 52 forms will be collected from you during the last week of December. If you did nothing that was tree related, write none somewhere within the table. Week # Calendar Dates: / / to / / Week Begin Date Week End Date Please choose one of the following by circling: Paid Employee Citizen Volunteer Please list the hourly rate you receive: $. (Volunteers receive $21.36 per hr.) Activity Performed That Is Tree Related Time Spent In Hours or Minutes Date of Activity The above information is used to determine the accumulated volunteer hours and city employee hours dedicated towards tree related activities. This information is required for the Community Forestry Management Plan Grants, Green Communities Grant, NJ Sustainability Program, and Tree City USA Program. Name of Employee or Citizen: (PRINT ONLY, please) DATE SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP TREE SERVICE REQUEST/COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS NAME ADDRESS HOME PHONE# CELL PHONE# SPECIES HEIGHT LOCATION TREE INFORMATION REQUEST/COMPLAINT DISPOSITION IS THE TREE AN IMMANENT HAZARD? YES NO IN HOUSE/OUTSOURCE CONTRACTOR COST DATE REMOVED OR TRIMMED COMMENTS
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