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Shade Tree Management Board

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The Shade Tree Management Board of the Borough of Madison was created by Ordinance 21-2001, which was adopted June 11, 2001.

The powers and duties of the Board are set out in the ordinance under 45-6:

A. The selection, planting, care and control of shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery upon and in the streets, highways and public places of the Borough of Madison, except state highways and except county highways, parks and parkways, shall be exercised by the Shade Tree Management Board with advice to the Superintendent of Public Works. The powers of the Shade Tree Management Board shall include:

(1) Exercise full and exclusive control over the selection, planting and care of shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery, including the planting, trimming, spraying, care and protection thereof.

(2) Control the use of the ground surrounding the same, so far as may be necessary for their proper growth, care and protection.

(3) Move or require the removal of any Borough trees or shrubs or part thereof under the conditions set forth herein.

B. The duties of the Shade Tree Management Board shall include:

(1) Develop and maintain a community Forestry Management Plan in compliance with the New Jersey Shade Tree and Community Forestry Assistance Act.

(2) Encourage arboriculture.

C. The Management Board shall develop any plans and specifications needed to solicit bids for planting, care or removal of Borough shade trees. Bids for such work, when required, shall be let by the Borough according to the applicable statutes, ordinances and regulations. Nothing in this section shall be construed to delegate to the Management Board the power to solicit bids directly for planting, care or removal of Borough shade trees.