Wednesday, May 30, 2012
A Salisbury Township resident said having to replace a shade tree would cause her sidewalk on College Lane to buckle again.
Many Salisbury residents might not know the township has a shade tree ordinance, but the eight-page document says trees in the public right-of-way are the responsibility of adjacent property owners. After removing a dead tree from the public right-of way in front of her house in the 900 block of College Lane, Annabelle Dittbrenner recently appealed the part of the ordinance that requires residents to replace shade trees if they are taken down. Commissioners reviewed conditions and agreed with her. Dittbrenner told commissioners at their May 25 meeting she did not want to replace the tree. Over the years, its roots grew into her lawn and had caused her sidewalk to buckle. “I didn’t know about this ordinance and I do not wish to plant …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners granted homeowner a waiver from having to replace a shade tree because it posed a hazard to underground utility lines.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
A Salisbury Township couple won't have to replace a tree on their property because it would be on top of a gas line and could pose a hazard, the board commissioners said last week. Bruce and Cynthia Schmauch, of 931 Bridle Path Road, asked the board for a waiver from the township's shade tree ordinance. "A crew came out to look at grinding the stump out, but when they looked at it they said they couldn't do it because all of the utility lines were going through the center and parts of the outskirts of the tree," Bruce Schmauch said. He said there were two PPL lines, a Verizon line and a UGI line running underground where the tree was supposed to be planted. Schmauch said he considered planting the tree nearby, but was told by a UGI …
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Salisbury commissioners unanimously refuse Nabeel Suleiman’s appeal, citing the township’s shade tree ordinance.
How would you describe reducing a 70-foot tree to eight feet? “Trimmed,” insisted homeowner Nabeel Suleiman of 1004 S. 24th St., Salisbury Township. “Cut,” the Salisbury board of commissioners said, unanimously refusing Suleiman’s appeal under several of the township’s shade tree ordinances. Unless the homeowner appeals to Lehigh County court – and Suleiman declared that he would appeal -- he must remove the existing tree and plant a replacement chosen from a list of approved species. Suleiman said the landscaping, at a property purchased recently from an elderly owner, was badly overgrown. He said trimming branches back to main limbs would encourage new growth. “Has there been any new growth?,” a commissioner asked the township’s …