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A proposed ordinance regulating the planting, maintenance, trimming and removal of trees in the City of Madison.

The Common Council of the City of Madison do ordain as follows:

SECTION 1.    The trees and other vegetation in the streets and public grounds of the City of Madison shall be under the control of a board with the title of Board of Shade Tree Commissioners, said board to consist of the mayor of the city, the city engineer, and the president of the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association and two other citizens of Madison, one to be named by the common council and one by the president of the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association. The president of the Madison   [p. 157]   Park and Pleasure Drive Association shall be president of the said Board of Shade Tree Commissioners.

Section 2.    The said board of shade tree commissioners shall have authority to direct and regulate the planting, trimming, and preservation of shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery, in the streets of said city; and to appoint a tree warden to superintend and regulate the planting and culture of such trees and shrubbery in said streets, and to perform such other similar duties as said board by its rules and regulations may prescribe. Said board is also authorized to enact such rules and regulations as it may deem proper to carry out the purposes of this act. It shall have general care of all shade and ornamental trees, and the shrubbery growing in the streets of said city and by majority vote may direct the removal of any that it may deem detrimental or undesirable. No shade or ornamental trees growing in the streets of said city, shall be destroyed or removed except by leave in writing, first obtained from the president of said board of shade tree commissioners, the same to be duly countersigned by the tree warden.

Section 3.    The said board of shade tree commissioners may in its discretion cause suitable shade trees to be planted along and upon any street or any portion thereof, in said city; and may cause to be assessed upon the piece or parcel of land abutting upon such street and benefited by such improvement, the cost of purchasing and planting such trees. The sum so assessed shall not be greater than the amount actually expended for the purchase of such trees and the expense of planting; and any trees that may die within three years after having been so planted, shall be replaced by said board without additional assessment. The said board shall by resolution direct the amount to be assessed against each piece or parcel of land; and such assessment shall be collected and the payment thereof enforced, with, and in like manner as other city taxes are collected, and the payment thereof enforced, and such assessments when collected by the city treasurer, shall be placed by him in the shade tree fund.

Section 4.    For the purpose of providing necessary funds to meet the expenses of the board of shade tree commissioners, the common council of the said city shall in each year appropriate a reasonable amount of money.

Section 5.    Any person who violates any provision of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in any sum not to exceed one hundred dollars.

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Section 6.    This ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and publication.

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