Shade Tree Information
The purpose of the Southmont Borough Shade Tree Advisory Board and Committee is to maintain our urban forest by thoughtful planning of tree planting and removal of dead or hazardous trees. We have met the required standards for Tree City USA by having 1.) a Shade Tree Commission 2.) a Shade Tree Ordinance 3.) a community forestry program with an annual budget of $2.00 per capita 4.) an Arbor Day observance and proclamation, which is celebrated each year. Over the past Arbor Day celebrations, trees were planted on Gardner, Leila, Helen, Hershberger, Mabel, Thoburn and Arlington Streets. Trees have also been planted on Palliser Street and Diamond Blvd.
Many residents have dedicated trees in memory of a deceased family member or to honor a loved one. This is an everlasting memorial and will be shared by others for many years. Commission members inventory Borough trees to assure that we and the owners of the property abutting street tree locations are maintaining the trees properly. A variety of the tree species thrive in the Borough. A bi-annual newsletter, the Kindred Spirit, is sent out to keep residents abreast of the Shade Tree activities and offer helpful tips and articles on Shade Tree maintenance on trees along Borough streets, as well as in their yards.
Tree removal permits are necessary before any tree can be removed between the sidewalk and curb. Residents who plan to have any tree trimming done should call the Borough Office or the Shade Tree Commissioner before any trimming has begun. Trees should never be topped. Ordinance #69, Section 2, prohibits tree trimming without permits. There is no cost for the permits, but they are required. Fines may be imposed. The Shade Tree Commission will continue to beautify the streets of Southmont.
Southmont Borough has been named a Tree City USA for the past 25 years.