Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article VII - Tree Trimming for Line Clearance

(A) Spray­ing of live foliage with any type of brush-killing chem­i­cals in lieu of cut­ting shall not be per­mit­ted on Coun­ty high­way rights of way.

(B) Each per­mit appli­ca­tion for chem­i­cals use for growth retar­dant or pre­ven­tion of reestab­lish­ment of brush shall be con­sid­ered indi­vid­u­al­ly.  Approval or dis­ap­proval will be based on the loca­tion and the pro­posed meth­ods and materials.

(C) Per­mit appli­ca­tions for chem­i­cal con­trol of veg­e­ta­tion shall require cer­ti­fi­ca­tion that the work will be accom­plished by per­son­nel licensed by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture as Pes­ti­cide Applicators.

(A) The Department’s poli­cies for the preser­va­tion and con­ser­va­tion of road­side trees, shrubs and turf are based on the inher­ent val­ue of these envi­ron­men­tal fea­tures to the pub­lic well-being and enjoyment.

(B) Tree trim­ming for line clear­ance shall not be con­sid­ered a nor­mal main­te­nance oper­a­tion and each tree trim­ming project shall require the appli­ca­tion for and the issuance of a sep­a­rate work­ing permit.

(C) Appli­ca­tions for tree trim­ming per­mits shall include assur­ance that the work will be accom­plished by com­pe­tent work­men with super­vi­sion expe­ri­enced in fol­low­ing accept­ed tree prun­ing practices.

(D) Poor prun­ing prac­tices result­ing in dam­aged or mis­shapened trees shall not be tol­er­at­ed and shall be grounds for can­cel­la­tion of the tree trim­ming permit.

(E) The Depart­ment will require com­pen­sa­tion for trees exten­sive­ly dam­aged and for trees removed with­out autho­riza­tion.  The for­mu­la devel­oped by the Inter­na­tion­al Shade Tree Con­fer­ence shall be used as a basis for deter­min­ing the com­pen­sa­tion for dam­aged trees or unau­tho­rized removal of trees.

(F) The Depart­ment may require the removal of trees if trim­ming or rad­i­cal prun­ing would leave them in an intol­er­a­ble condition.

(G) The Depart­ment may require that spe­cial mea­sures be tak­en to pre­serve spec­i­men trees or trees of spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance.  The required mea­sures may con­sist of high­er poles, side arm exten­sions, cov­ered wire or oth­er means.

(H) Tree trim­ming per­mits shall des­ig­nate an expi­ra­tion date in the inter­est of assur­ing that the work will be expe­di­tious­ly accomplished.