Sunday, March 05, 2006

It's Official: Tree Worship Established in Wilmette!

Just when we thought it was safe to take down those "Trees Yes - Ordinance No" signs, the word is out. The Wilmette Village Board did pass an ordinance requiring a Tree Removal Permit before removing a tree 10 inches or greater in diameter (measured 4.5 feet above the ground). Failure to do so may result in a fine between $250 and $1,500 per tree. The ordinance runs 10 pages, and the stated purpose is to gather data on tree removal.

Don't those Wilmette Trustees drive through the neighborhood? Can't they keep an eye on the trees themselves? At the same time, the Village Trustees continue to consider other possible amendments to limit or restrict tree removal on private property.

Since it's winter, now, and no trees have leaves, children won't be deprived of healthful sunlight. Come summer, in some parts of Wilmette their only hope may be frequent trips to the beach.


Blogger Anne said...

A stealth move!

I thought they were going to monitor for a longer period with the smaller fee.

Of course, no coverage in the paper. Thanks for the info.


Mar 6, 2006, 11:01:00 PM  

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