Tree Commission

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Council Liaison: Casi Tomarchio 

Current Members:

Kirk Smith 4/3/2017 4/3/2020
Carole George Andrews 9/17/2018 9/17/2021
Donald W. Horton 11/20/2017 11/20/2020
Albert Caffo 11/20/2016 11/20/2019
Kathleen O’Brien 9/17/2018 9/17/2021
Jim McFarland 9/17/2018 9/17/2021

§ 186-4. Tree Commission terms of office; vacancies; removal.

The term of the five persons to be appointed shall be three years. In the event that a vacancy shall occur during the term of any member, a successor shall be appointed and approved for a term of three years. Unexcused absence at three consecutive meetings shall constitute resignation by the member and shall create a vacancy. Members may be removed by the Mayor and City Council for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office. Members may be reappointed upon recommendation of the Director of Public Works and approval by the Mayor and City Council.

§ 186-5. Compensation of Tree Commission members.

Members of the Municipal Tree Commission shall serve without compensation for their services.

§ 186-6. Commission officers: proceedings; quorum.

A. The Commission shall be chaired by the staff person from the Department of Public Works. The staff person shall not be a voting member of the Commission. The voting members of the Commission shall elect a Recording Secretary.
B. The Commission shall adopt its own rules of procedure and keep a journal of the proceedings.
C. A quorum at any meeting shall be three members.

§ 186-7. Duties and responsibilities of Tree Commission.

It shall be the responsibility of the Municipal Tree Commission to:
A. Study, investigate, counsel, develop and/or update annually, and recommend to the Mayor and City Council a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees, shrubs and other woody plants in public parks, along streets, and in other public places. Such plan will be presented annually to the Mayor and City Council at the first regular meeting of the City Council in April. Upon its review, the Mayor and City Council may modify and amend such proposed plan and adopt it by resolution as the official Comprehensive Municipal Tree Plan.
B. Recommend the type and kind of trees, shrubs and other woody plants to be planted upon such streets, parts of streets, parks, or public places, as is designated.
C. Upon the request of the Mayor and City Council, consider, investigate, make findings, reports and recommendations upon any special matter or questions coming within the scope of the Commission’s responsibilities.
D. Conduct regular and special meetings at which the subject of trees, shrubs and other woody plants insofar as it relates to the City may be discussed by the members of the Commission, the Mayor and City Council, personnel of the City and all others interested in the tree program.