Every owner of any tree overhanging any street or right-of-way within the city shall prune the branches so that such tree shall not obstruct the view of any street intersection or interfere with persons utilizing the sidewalk or street. Said owners shall remove all dead, diseased or dangerous trees or broken or decaying limbs which the administrator determines constitutes a hazard or danger to the safety of the public. If the owner fails to remove such trees or limbs within the time period provided in the notice by the city, or if an immediate hazard exists by virtue of such tree or limbs, the city shall have the right, at the expense of the property owner, to prune or remove any tree or shrub upon private property when it interferes with the proper spread of light along the street from a street light, interferes with the visibility of any traffic control device or sign, or otherwise poses a threat to the public safety as determined by the administrator. The costs of pruning or removing such hazardous tree or limbs from the public property or right-of-way shall be assessed against the property owner and shall constitute a lien on the property until paid.
(Ord. No. 1977, § 1, 12-9-97)
(a) General. All exterior property including yards, ground covers, trees, shrubs or other landscaping; and any exterior surfaces of any buildings or structures including but not limited to fences, walls, or roofs, or appurtenances including but not limited to windows, window frames, window screens, doors, door frames, canopies, awnings, cornices, porches, stairways, railings or similar items shall be properly maintained and shall not otherwise present a blighted or deteriorated appearance.
(d) Landscaping. All property shall be free from any conditions that contribute to visual blight including but not limited to dirt yards, vegetation of any kind that is substantially dead or damaged or characterized by uncontrolled growth or lack of maintenance or any similar conditions. Ground cover consisting of crushed rock, gravel or similar materials shall be one quarter (¼) inch or larger in size and be maintained at a sufficient depth that covers all exposed areas of dirt.
(Ord. No. 2329, § 2, 7-8-03)
(d) No owner or occupant of any property shall allow or permit any trees, shrubs, or other plant growth on the property to impede, obstruct or interfere with the free passage upon any public street, sidewalk, or alleyway; or obstruct the visibility of drivers; or interfere with any traffic control device; or signs or street lighting. Tree limbs must be maintained to hang no lower than twelve (12) feet above any public street or alleyway and seven (7) feet above any public sidewalk. Trees below seven (7) feet, shrubs or other plant growth must be maintained one (1) foot from any public sidewalk.
(k) No person shall allow any palm tree to have an excessive accumulation of dead or dry fronds that descend downward from the base of the lowest living frond more than four (4) feet or dry fronds longer than four (4) feet and closer than seven (7) feet to the ground that may result in insect or other infestations or result in other conditions that adversely affect the public health or safety.
(Ord. No. 1325, § 1(13-2), 12-4-84; Ord. No. 2186, § 6, 2-27-01)
(e) Bushes, trees and other vegetation. All premises shall be kept free from dry bushes, trees, tumbleweeds or other vegetation which create a blighting condition, which may harbor insect or rodent infestations, or which is likely to become a fire hazard or result in a condition which may threaten the health and safety or welfare of occupants or adjacent property owners.
(Ord. No. 2036, § 1, 10-13-98; Ord. No. 2186, § 13, 2-27-01)
It is unlawful for any owner or occupier of property to permit any tree, shrub, hedge or other plant located on the property, or installed on the property, to interfere with the function of any traffic sign, signal or lighting, or the flow of drainage water on any street, roadway, easement or other public right-of-way, or the passage of traffic, pedestrian or vehicular, on any street, sidewalk, roadway or other public right-of-way.
(Ord. No. 1559, § 1, 8-23-88; Ord. No. 1654, § 3, 10-30-90)
Within thirty (30) feet of the corner of any lot, which corner is at the point of intersection two (2) or more streets, all trees shall be trimmed and kept trimmed so that there shall be no limbs, leaves, needles or other foliage above thirty (30) inches or below eighty-four (84) inches from the level of the nearest adjacent street.
(Code 1963, § 26-21)
Within thirty (30) feet of the corner of any lot, which corner is at the point of intersection of two (2) or more streets, trees shall not be planted, or trees heretofore planted shall, not be allowed to remain, which are so numerous or so close together that the trunks thereof obstruct more than twenty (20) percent of the view of operators of vehicles on an adjacent street over the area to the crossing street.
(Code 1963, § 26-22)
It is unlawful for the owner or occupier of property to permit any tree, shrub, hedge, or other plant to grow within two (2) feet of the face of any curb or within one (1) foot of any sidewalk located on public right-of-way, except that tree canopies over eighty-four (84) inches in height and plants under one (1) foot in height are exempted from this provision.
(Code 1963, § 26-25; Ord. No. 1654, § 4, 10-30-90)
(b) The city may remove trees, shrubs, plants and bushes or any other obstruction. If, after fifteen (15) days, the owner upon proper notification, has not removed said trees, shrubs, plants, and bushes or any other obstruction within a three-foot radius of the water meter box.
(Code 1963, § 29-25.2; Ord. No. 1170, § 2, 6-23-81)