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SECTION 11.55 PUBLIC WORKS COMMISSION WILL SERVE AS TREE BOARD TO DEVELOP AND ADMINISTER A COMMUNITY FORESTRY PROGRAM AND DESIGNATE A TREE WARDEN

The Public Works Commission shall serve as the city Tree Board, and the Director of Public Works, or other designee of the Public Works Commission, shall serve as city Tree Warden. The Tree Board and Tree Warden shall serve in this capacity without additional compensation.

The Tree Board shall promulgate rules and regulations for the planting and care of public shade trees by the city and adjacent property owners.

The Tree Board shall develop, update and annually present to the City Council for approval a Community Forestry Program to provide for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of public shade trees as defined in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 87, including trees, shrubs, bushes and other woody vegetation on parks and other public property, herein after collectively referred to as public shade trees.

The Tree Warden shall administer the Community Forestry Program on behalf of the city.

The Tree Warden shall have the care and control of all public shade trees, shrubs and growths in the city, except those within a state highway, and those in public parks or open places under the jurisdiction of the park commissioners. State Law reference G.L.

c. 87, sec. 2.