§ 40-313. Landscaping in street rights-of-way or public utility easements.  

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    Maintenance of landscaping within street rights-of-way shall be the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. Trees, shrubs, bushes or other vegetation planted in the street right-of-way, and in existence prior to adoption of these standards, shall not interfere with the view of traffic along the street. No trees, bushes, shrubs or other vegetation greater than two feet at maturity in height shall be planted, grown or maintained within the sight triangle defined in Figure 40-5.


    Trees shall not be planted in a public right-of-way after the date of adoption of these standards other than shrubs that normally grow, at maturity, to a height of less than 15 feet. Trees shall not be located within four feet of a public sidewalk or the future extension of a sidewalk. Trees shall not be located or seedlings allowed to grow within five feet of the curb or ten feet from a fire hydrant. Trees shall not be planted under or within 20 lateral feet of any overhead utility or within ten lateral feet of any underground water line, transmission line or other utility.


    The city shall have the right to plant, prune, and maintain trees, street trees and park trees within the lines of all streets, avenues, lanes, 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 city 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 affected with any injurious fungus, insect, or other pest.

(Ord. No. O-60-11, § IX, 12-12-2011)