Forester to assess city ash trees
JANESVILLE--A city forester could tell residents whether to remove trees on private property after a unanimous vote Monday from Janesville City Council members.
The city does not have the power to do that now.
The forester would be able to inspect for dead or dying trees and order them removed before they become a public hazard.
City Manager Eric Levitt said some might residents assume the provision encroaches on private rights, but the council determined public health and safety was most important.
The changes were written to deal with advancement of the emerald ash borer.
The forester position was eliminated years ago when the city’s elm trees were removed because Dutch elm disease devastated that species. The current ordinance has been on the books since then.
The council will contract with a forester.
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