The city is responsible for trimming all parkway trees.
The Public Works Department will be responsible for removing
parkway trees. The
Supervisor for the Street Division shall
be the person who determines whether a parkway
to be removed. If the removal of a parkway tree is in question,
the Supervisor shall consult with a certified arborist
or forester, recognized by the City Council, and a decision
shall be made based on educated facts of the situation.
The City may remove a parkway tree for the following reasons:
City determines the parkway tree to be dead and a hazard
to public safety.
City determines the parkway tree to be dying or in
distress and may become a
hazard to public safety.
The construction of a public improvement project necessitates
removal of a parkway tree.
City determines that a parkway tree is obstructing
the sight abilities of any motorist along a public street
Parkway Tree Removal Procedure
The Supervisor of the Street Division (Supervisor) is
made aware of a parkway tree which either needs to be removed
or has been requested to be removed.
The Supervisor visits the site of the parkway tree.
The Supervisor takes a picture of the parkway tree.
The Supervisor determines whether a parkway tree needs
to be removed.
If it has been determined that a parkway tree is to be
removed, a tree removal permit will be completed by the
Supervisor and signed by the owner.
If there is a question as to whether a parkway tree should
be removed, the Supervisor will consult with the City's
arborist/forester. If the owner does not agree with the
by the Supervisor, the owner may appeal the
decision in the following order:
Director of Public Works
Commissioner of Public Works
The decision of the City Council will be final.
The Supervisor will inform the owner as to when the tree
may be removed.
Once the Public works Department removes the parkway tree,
the stump will be ground
and topsoil with seed will be
Tree City USA
We are now "Tree City USA" for the 11th year in a row. "Tree City USA" is
an honor bestowed upon those communities who make an effort to preserve, maintain, and plant trees, mostly on the parkway.
Just so you know what an honor this is, only 137 communities
in Illinois have been designated "Tree City USA."
In order to retain the title, the City has developed a
comprehensive tree and landscaped ordinance. In short,
the new ordinance was created to protect established public
trees and minimize the number destroyed due to new development.
This City has a great deal of history of which residents
should be proud. Trees
are a small piece of the puzzle,
but they are important not only for environmental reasons,
but to carry on the character of an historical past.