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Shade Tree Commission

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Commission Members

The Commission meets the third Monday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Borough Administration Building at 45 Keeley Avenue. Chair: Jackie D’Agostino
Vice-Chair: Ben Rakus
Secretary: Marge Eberz
Council Liaison: Peter LaMontagne
Members: Fran Dougherty, Lorraine Moxey

The Borough recognizes that properly planted, maintained and protected Shade Trees add to the aesthetics, health and welfare of the citizens of the Borough.  Thus in April 2017 Borough Council approved the creation of a Shade Tree Commission (Ordinance 379) to assist in the oversight of shade trees and plants in Borough right of ways.

The Commission is responsible for suggesting a shade tree list to Council, creating a Tree Plan for the Borough, providing pruning and maintenance standards, recommending the removal of diseased or hazard trees and reviewing requests to remove or plant trees in the right of way.

Right-of-Way is an easement associated with a road which extends beyond the limits of the pavement and is owned either by the Borough or PennDot.  This can vary from street to street, and is measured from the center of the roadway (for example, a roadway with a 50 foot right of way means that the right of way extends 25 feet in each direction from the center of the road). A complete list of roads and right of way width can be found using the ‘Borough Street Inventory‘ resource below. This document does not include Butler Ave and S Tamenend Ave as these road have varying widths.

The Shade Tree Commission reviews all applications for subdivision and land development, and makes recommendation to Borough Council for approval, or denial, of the application on the basis of compliance with the Borough’s Shade Tree regulations.

The Commission consists of 5 members who are citizens of the Borough, appointed to serve 5 year terms by Borough Council. Borough Council also has a liaison to the Commission, who has no voting power.  No Borough Council member may serve as a member of the Commission.


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