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Tree Trimming

Ohio Basic Code 93.06 Trimming of Trees and Shrubbery to Prevent Obstruction

(A) It shall be unlawful for any person to plant, grow, or maintain any shade tree or trees or shrubbery which will obstruct the proper distribution of light from street lamps or which will obstruct the view of traffic approaching an intersection by operators of vehicles approaching such intersection from another direction.

(B) All tress shall be trimmed so as to have a clear height of ten feet above the surface of sidewalks and 12 feet above the surface of the street or roadway, and the branches of all trees in front of and along lots or lands near which street lights are placed shall be trimmed so as not to obstruct the free passage of light from such street lights to the street and sidewalk.

(C) The Legislative Authority shall cause a written notice to be given to property owners ordering them to trim or remove trees and shrubbery so that the tress and shrubbery conform to divisions (A) and (B).

(D) If the property owner fails to trim or remove the trees and shrubbery as ordered, the Legislative Authority may cause the trees and shrubbery to be trimmed or removed as ordered, and the cost thereof shall be a lien upon such real estate.

Whoever violates any provision of this chapter, for which another penalty is not already provided, shall be subject to the penalty prescribed in OBC 10.99

OBC 10.99 General Penalty

(A) Whenever, in this municipal code or in any ordinance of the municipality, any act is prohibited or is made or declared to be unlawful or an offense or a misdemeanor, or whenever the doing of any act is required or the failure to do any act is declared to be unlawful, where no specific penalty is otherwise provided, whoever violates any such provision shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500, a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both. A separate offense shall be deemed committed each day during or on which a violation continues or occurs.

(B) The failure of any officer or employee of the municipality to perform any official duty imposed by this code shall not subject the officer or employee to the penalty imposed for a violation unless a penalty is specifically provided for the failure.