City Code: 660:5

Section 660:05. Permits for Planting Trees in Boulevards.

Subd. 1. A permit must be secured at the office of the Director of Public Works before planting any tree in any boulevard within the corporate limits of this municipality, said permit to be in the amount duly established by the Council from time to time. Trees are to be purchased and planted by the property owner of the land abutting the boulevard, or by a person retained by the property owner. Varieties of trees approved are those trees of the hard wood variety, good appearance, adaptability to the climate, long lived and generally free from injurious insects and diseases. Following are listed the approved varieties and the disapproved varieties:
Large Trees: Norway Maple
Cleveland Maple
Columnar Norway Maple
Emerald Queen Norway
Red Sunset Maple
Linden (lttle leaf, greenspire, redmond, American, glenleven)
Oak (white, swamp white, pin, red)
Ash (green, purple, summit)
Honey Locust (imperial, shademaster, Skyline, sunburst, thornless)
Ohio Buckeye
Kentucky Coffee
Hybrid Elm

Small Trees (All tree forms)
Amur Maple
Spring Snow Crab
Newport Plum
Red Splendor Crab
Japanese Tree Lilac
Thunderchild Crab
Amur Bird Cherry

Box Elder - Acer Negundo
White Birch - Betula Pendula
Russian Olive - Elaegnus Angustifolia
Poplars - Populus spp.
Purple Leaf Plum - Prunus Cerasifera
Willow - Salix spp.
Mountain Ash - Sorbus Aucuparia
Siberian Elm - Ulmus Pumila
All Conifers and Silver Maple, Cedar and all Fruit Trees
Property owner may petition the Shade Tree Commission for approval of a tree variety not indicated on the approved lists.

Subd. 2. Any property owner securing a building permit for construction of a new building shall be assessed a surcharge for each available planting space within the boulevard. The surcharge for large variety trees shall be $100.00, and small variety trees at $80.00. Small variety trees may only be used in the case of overhead utility lines being present. The number of planting spaces shall be determined after review of the site plan by Director of Public Works. The City will procure,and plant each tree in April or May following the issuance of certificate of occupancy by the City, or at another designated time if requested by the property owner. Should the property owner desire to acquire and plant a tree on his/her own for each available planting space within the boulevard, with said tree(s) meeting City specifications, or should the property owner fail to return the tree request form within one year of the issuance of the certificate of occupancy, the surcharge will not be rebated. Plantings by property owners shall be completed one year from certificate of occupancy issued by the City Building Inspection Division.

Subd. 3. The City does not guarantee the survival of each tree. If a tree dies anytime after being planted by the city and the property owner requets a new tree in its place, the city will plant a new tree and charge the property owner the full cost for the replacement tree. This cost shall be certified by the Director of Public Works to the Council prior to the first day of October in each year. The amount so charged against said premises, lots, or parcels of land shall be a lien upon the property on which said plantings were located, and shall be added to, and become, and form part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lot or land, and the Council shall, by appropriate resolution, assess the costs above mentioned against said premises, and certify the same to the County Auditor of Steele County, Minnesota. The same shall be collected and enforced in the same manner as the collection of real estate taxes.

(Ammeded Eff. 3/06/11)

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