Wednesday, September 29, 2010

All shade tree ordinances to be strictly enforced - Pittston, PA

All shade tree ordinances to be strictly enforced | The Pittston Dispatch, Pittston, PA:
The pruning of all shade trees within the Borough of West Pittston must conform to ANSI A300-1995 pruning standards and ANSI Z133-1 safety requirements. A copy of both is on file in the borough office. All contractors need to comply with the proper West Pittston borough license requirements and follow proper trimming requirements.

Residents should be aware topping is unlawful. “Topping” is defined as the severe cutting back of limbs within the tree’s crown (top) to such a degree so as to remove the normal canopy and disfigure the tree. Residents who participate in the topping of trees on the tree lawn will face a substantial fine for violating the Borough Code. Trees severely damaged by storms or other such causes or certain trees under utility wires may be exempt, but only at the determination of the Shade Tree Commission.

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