As we have discussed before, two of the four pillars of being a Tree City USA is having a Tree Care ordinance and a Tree Board.
In order to help Crystal City get started on becoming a Tree City, we have crafted an ordinance designed to meet both requirements! The ordinance is based on Herculaneum's, St. Peters, and the model Tree Care ordinance from the Missouri Forestry Service.
Our sample ordinance can be downloaded HERE.
Our ordinance establishes a Tree Board (4 members appointed by the Mayor, one by the Park Board, and the City Administrator as an ex-officio member), asserts responsibility for the care of trees along our streets and in our parks, and bans the extremely harmful practice of "tree topping". We hope that anyone interested will read it over and recommend it to their councilperson.
We hope that this ordinance will help expedite achieving Tree City status in Crystal City!