(Atlantic) Atlantic City officials are urging residents to trim their trees above the sidewalks.
City officials say Chapter 151 of the Atlantic Code of Ordinances states that all trees on private property and the abutting right of way (normally the area between the sidewalk and the street), are the responsibility of the property owner. Tree limbs must maintain a height clearance of 7 feet above sidewalks and 14 feet above the street.
The city is currently reviewing hazards to vehicles and pedestrians from tree limbs and encourages property owners to review their trees to make certain they are in compliance. If the city is forced to trim trees on a resident’s property or the adjacent right of way, the property owner in violation will be billed for the expense.
City officials say it is less expensive for property owners to do this work themselves or contract with a tree trimming business.
August 24, 2011