SANFORD: Council considering updated tree ordinance

Aug. 01, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

With an updated tree ordinance, the city of Sanford might become a little greener.

Downtown Sanford Inc. Executive Director David Montgomery presented an updated tree ordinance for the city —  the fourth and final standard needed to be considered for Tree City USA — during the Sanford City Council Law and Finance meeting Wednesday.

For municipalities to qualify as a Tree City USA, a national program that "provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns," cities must establish a tree committee, create a tree ordinance, celebrate Arbor Day and spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry.

"This is another step to improve the image and quality of life here in Sanford," Montgomery said.

The city will meet all of the qualifications if council approves the updated ordinance during the upcoming Tuesday meeting. The ordinance addresses how the removal of trees should be managed by the city.

In other matters, council considered:

* Amending the annual audit contract.

* An update on the early retirement and incentive program.

* Amending the annual operating budget to allocate various funds for the Youth Council, police department, finance department and street department.