West Pittston Borough Shade Tree Commission

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  • The area of ground between the sidewalk in front of your house and the street is the tree lawn. This is technically the property of the borough of West Pittston. Harming a tree in anyway on this area of ground would be equivalent to removing a stop sign or damaging a street light.
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  • Historically, the borough has made trees available to residents once a year at cost. Recently the borough was awarded a grant from Pa Dept of Urban Forestry which has enabled the tree commission to provide free trees to residents until fall of 2005. There will be a total of 3 plantings as a result of this grant.
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  • The borough cannot at the present time assume responsibility for trimming tree lawn trees except in cases of extreme emergency (ex. tree hit by truck is blocking thoroughfare). Residents are required to get approval of the tree commission before doing any work on a tree lawn tree. Only tree contractors/arborists approved by the borough may touch tree lawn trees.
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  • Homeowners wanting to get a tree lawn tree trimmed must file an application at the borough building. The homeowner must let the tree commisison know on that application who will do the work. The tree commission then looks at the tree to make final approval. The homeowner will receive a letter stating whether or not their application was approved.
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  • If a tree appears to need removing, a homeowner will again make application to the borough through the tree commission. If removal is approved, the homeowner may have the tree removed by an approved contractor/arborist. The homeowner will pay a deposit of $150.00 to the borough which will be refunded upon planting of a replacement tree.
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  • Arbor Day is the last Friday in April. This year marks the 133rd anniversary of the Tree-Planting Holiday which was founded by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska in 1872.
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  • Members of the West Pittston Shade Tree Commission are Ruth Melberger, Ron Orth and Louis Berti
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  • The Tree Commission may be contacted via this web site or by phone through the borough building. Since tree commissioners are unpaid volunteers, they are not stationed at the borough building. They will return any telephone calls at their first opportunity.
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  • Currently, the borough is unable to assume the cost of removing trees from the tree lawn. This cost must be assumed by the homeowner
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Last updated 3/6/05