by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—After having trees plagued by Emerald Ash Borers, the Village of Maple Park has started work on changing the ordinance, eliminating any tree affected by the beetle.
“Right now, the current tree ordinance allows trees that are almost all affected by these bugs and diseases, as well as requiring residents to get a permit and pay a $100 fee to plant a tree,” said Village President Kathy Curtis
After much research from trustee Pat Lunardon, a new list has been created, as well as a packet detailing the implant, mulching and care for the trees.
“This is all a good idea, but we definitely need to incorporate this into our existing ordinance,” said trustee Suzanne Fahnestock
Along with the changes to the types of trees, the fee may also be dropped.
“While there haven’t been many trees planted in the recent years, those that have probably haven’t gotten the permit and paid the fee,” Curtis said. “I don’t think there is a need for the fee, but we will need to enforce the permits.”
With the enforcement of permits, residents that do not apply for one could be subject to prosecution.
“We will be looking into this more in the coming months,” Curtis said, “We will need to look into harmonizing this into the current ordinance, and make any changes that need to be done.”