New Albany’s Tree Board — statute, staff and board members.

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Below is the ordinance enabling a Tree Board in the city of New Albany. Currently the board is short a few members. City staff for the Tree Board is Krisjans Streips, who sent this:

I am the staff of the New Albany Tree Board. We also contract with Greg Mills who is a certified arborist who advises the Board on all tree matters. The members of the Tree Board are:

Adam Dickey, President
David Barksdale, Secretary
Claudia Shrake
Ann Streckfus
Rick Sizemore

The Tree Board meets the second Wednesday on the months of January, April, August and December at 5:00 PM typically in the Assembly Room on the 3rd floor.

When there’s time, I’ll connect some of these dots. For now, it’s Spring Break.

CITY TREE BOARD

§ 33.040 CREATION AND ESTABLISHMENT.

(A) A City Tree Board is hereby created to operate in conjunction with the Board of Public Works and Safety for the city and will operate in an advisory capacity to the Board of Public Works and Safety in any manner relating to trees, shrubs and other plants which are presently within the purview of the Board of Public Works and Safety.

(B) There is hereby created and established a city Tree Board which shall consist of not less than five nor more than seven members, citizens and residents of the city, who shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Common Council. The members shall include a representative from the following city agencies and groups: (1) Common Council, (1) Redevelopment Commission, (1) Plan Commission, (1) Utilities and (1-3) citizen members.

(Ord. G-92-106, passed 3-2-1992)

§ 33.041 TERMS OF OFFICE; COMPENSATION.

(A) The term of the five to seven persons to be appointed by the Mayor shall be three years except that the term of two of the members appointed to the first Commission shall be for only one year and the term of two members of the first Commission shall be for two years. In the event that a vacancy shall occur during the term of any member, his or her successor shall be appointed for the unexpired portion of the term.

(B) The Tree Board members whose terms will continue into the next year or years shall recommend to the Mayor new members. The Mayor must appoint annually at least one person recommended by the Board. In the event that a vacancy shall occur during the term of any member, his or her successor shall be appointed by the original appointing body for the unexpired portion of the term.

(C) Members of the Board shall serve without compensation.

(Ord. G-92-106, passed 3-2-1992)

§ 33.042 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

The city’s Tree Board shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

(A) Advise the Board of Public Works and Safety in all matters relating to the selection, planting, maintenance and removal of trees, shrubs, hedges and other woody vegetation along public ways and on public grounds under its control;

(B) Study and survey the conditions of trees, shrubs, hedges and other woody vegetation along the public ways and on public grounds under the control of the Board of Public Works and Safety;

(C) Review, develop and recommend policies concerning the selection, planting, maintenance and removal of trees, shrubs, hedges and all other woody vegetation;

(D) Coordinate its effects with other city and public agencies including the Park Board, Plan Commission, Redevelopment Commission and Indiana Department of Transportation;

(E) Coordinate its efforts with local utilities;

(F) Review and make recommendations concerning construction projects which may endanger trees, shrubs, hedges and other woody vegetation along the public ways and on public grounds as requested by the Board of Public Works and Safety;

(G) At the direction of the Board of Public Works and Safety, prepare applications for grants from public or private agencies which will further its duties and responsibilities under the chapter; and

(H) Undertake educational campaigns as necessary and work with private and public agencies to establish programs which will further its duties and responsibilities under this chapter.

(Ord. G-92-106, passed 3-2-1992)

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