The purpose of the Tree Board is to protect the public health and welfare by improving and preserving the beauty of the city as it relates to street trees and park trees. The Board administers and updates a plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, removal, or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets, and in other public areas. The City Council and the Planning Commission may also request the Tree Board's expertise in special matters which come within the Board's scope of work.
The Tree Board and Tree Warden's duties are spelled out in Section 13-301 of the City's Code of Ordinances, which was first adopted in 1972, as well as 24 V.S.A. Chapter 67.
Duties & Responsibilities
The Tree Board's scope of responsibility includes studying, investigating, counseling, and developing and/or updating annually, and administering a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, removal, or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas. Also, if requested by the City Council, the Board must consider, investigate, make findings, report and recommend upon any special matter of question coming within the scope of its work.
John Snell, Chair
Alec Ellsworth, Tree Warden
Jay Borland (student)
The Tree Board is comprised of 9 members, citizens and city residents appointed by the City Council for a period of 3 years. In the event a vacancy occurs during the term of any member, his or her successor is appointed for the unexpired portion of their term.
Conditions of Term
Any member may be removed from the board for cause. Cause shall include but not be limited to excessive absences from scheduled board meetings and clearly identified conflicts of interest. (Removal of a member from the board requires a majority vote of the remaining members and the concurrence of the City Council.)