Have You Improperly Trimmed Your Trees?
If you live in Charlotte, North Carolina, it could cost you $100 per branch.
Via Jessica Lalli, a Charlotte church has been fined $100 per branch for improperly trimming trees on their property! Brittany Penland writes in the Charlotte Observer:
"We always keep our trees trimmed back because you don't want to worry about them hanging down in the way," said Sales, a church member.
The church was fined $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, bringing the violation to $4,000.
"I just couldn't believe it when I heard about it," Sales said. "We trim our trees back every three years all over our property, and this is the first time we have been fined."
The fine will be dropped if the church replaces each of the improperly pruned trees, said Tom Johnson, senior urban forester for city of Charlotte Land Development Division.
...Charlotte has had a tree ordinance since 1978, and when trees are incorrectly pruned or topped, people can be subject to fines, Johnson said.
Trees planted as a result of the ordinance are subject to the fines if they are excessively trimmed or pruned. These include trees on commercial property or street trees. They do not include a private residence.
"The purpose of the tree ordinance is to protect trees," Johnson said. "Charlotte has always been known as the city of trees. When we take down trees, we need to replace these trees."
Individuals who would like to trim their trees should call the city foresters to receive a free permit to conduct the landscape work.
Foresters will then meet with the person receiving the permit and give instructions on how to properly trim their trees, Johnson said.
More insanity at the link.
Note to Charlotte: Here's how it works without laws, and without government spending. It starts with those people hissing about proper tree trimming in the comments over at the Charlotte Observer. Like Chastity Spurrier Roberts:
I am so happy that they are doing something about the "crape murder" that goes on in Charlotte. I worked in landscaping for years and it is disgusting to see what people do to these trees because they are ignorant. If you don't want a tree to grow 15' tall, then don't plant a tree that grows 30' tall! I've seen it so many times: people buying plants and installing them incorrectly, then butchering the plant like it's to blame. The plant does what it's meant to do - grow. Learn a little beforehand and these issues will never occur. It's called READING, people. You should try it sometime.
Chastity (and pardon my laughter at the fact that your name is, effectively, "Woman Who Does Not Spread Her Legs"), if you are concerned about proper tree trimming, you should feel quite free to spend your Saturdays campaigning for it, and creating an organization to help teach people how to do it the right way. Of course, it's much easier to just post hissy comments supporting public funds being used to attack people financially through yet another unnecessary and burdensome (and pretty disgusting) law.