Posted on: August 18, 2017

City begins push on tree trimming

tree trimming

It’s time to trim your trees – that’s the message city officials want citizens to pay attention to. Safe passage of fire trucks, school buses and other oversize vehicles is being hampered in certain areas of the city where tree limbs have been allowed to grow too long over streets and sidewalks. City ordinance Nuisances, Section 18-26, first adopted in 1974 and updated by City Council in 2003, addresses the responsibilities of property owners. It states that limbs are to be no closer than 12 feet above the top of the curb or edge of pavement.

City workers have identified emergency conditions at properties which need immediate attention and placed door hangers at the houses, stating that their trees need to be trimmed. Starting Tuesday, August 22, city Public Works Department crews will do a one-time cutting of the limbs at those homes if the property owners have not already done so.

The City will hire a contractor after a bid process to work with city crews to continue the tree trimming process after the emergency conditions are rectified.

Property owners who do not follow Sec. 18-26 are subject to a citation from code enforcement officials and a possible fine.

For more information about code compliance, view the ordinance on the city’s website or call 512-595-9390 or 512-595-1770.

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