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1 -9 <br />RETENTION OR REMOVAL OF PARK AND PARKWAY TREES <br />It shall be the responsibility of the Parks, Beaches and Recreation <br />Commission to develop and maintain a rather restricted list of trees in the <br />community (attached) which should be retained to the exclusion of all <br />normal problems. This list will contain landmark trees, special trees of <br />extreme beauty, stately trees which contribute to an entire neighborhood, <br />dedicated trees, etc. These trees will be identified, mapped and recorded. <br />Subsequent to this they will be given all types of special treatment to <br />retain them, including the use of asphalt sidewalks, realigned curbing, <br />etc. <br />Whenever it is necessary to prune tree roots in parkways or other public <br />areas in order to correct or prevent damage being caused by the subject <br />tree, every reasonable effort shall be made to save the tree, including the <br />use of high grade asphalt sidewalk sections. It will still be necessary to <br />meet the City's standards relative to grades and alignments, with the <br />exception of those special trees discussed in Paragraph 1 of this policy <br />statement. <br />If it is necessary for a tree other than that included in Paragraph 1 to be <br />given special treatment, each tree shall be considered individually on its <br />own merits to determine whether the tree should be retained or replaced. <br />All parkway trees included in this category must be subjected to and meet <br />the following criteria: <br />1. Have sufficient root system to sustain life and remain in a safe <br />condition after root pruning; <br />2. Have sufficient life expectancy to merit special consideration; <br />3. Have adjacent property owners be desirous of retaining tree in <br />light of "patchy sidewalk effect" that would be created next to <br />their homes if asphalt sidewalk is to be used to save the tree; <br />4. Not be of an undesirable species that has been removed from the <br />official street tree list by the Parks, Beaches and Recreation <br />Commission; <br />5. Not have had a consistent history of damaging utilities such as <br />sewers, water mains, etc.; <br />6. Not interfere with acceptable drainage if alternate methods of <br />curb repair are utilized. <br />Application of the criteria on parkway trees will be conducted by the <br />Parks, Beaches and Recreation Department in coordination with the Parks, <br />Beaches and Recreation Commission. In applying the criteria, other <br />departments of the City will be consulted as necessary. If there is any <br />conflict between the application of the criteria and established standards <br />of the City which cannot be resolved at staff and Commission level, final <br />resolution will be determined by the City Council.