Watershed Improvement District Policy Statement
Re: Removal of Trees from Lake Barcroft
Adopted December 2008
Watershed Improvement District (LBWID) acknowledges that it is the
appropriate agency to remove nuisance trees from Lake Barcroft. To
clarify the extent of its involvement in tree removal, the LBWID has
adopted the following statements of policy:
- The LBWID will remove the portion of a tree
that extends from the shoreline into the water.
- Property owners are expected to deal with the
shoreward portion of their fallen trees.
- If it increases safety or simplifies the job
for all concerned, the
LBWID may agree with the property owner to cut the tree or branch on
the land side of the shoreline.
- The LBWID expects to be compensated for
expenses incurred according to the following process and formula:
- No charge shall be levied for any tree that
can be safely removed in less than one hour.
- A measurement in inches shall be taken of the
circumference of the
tree to be removed at the point where the trunk crosses the shoreline.
A charge of $15 per inch of circumference will be billed to the owner
of the property from which the tree originated.
- If a multiple branches of a tree top cross
the shoreline, the cost
will be based on the circumference of the tree below the lowest major
branch that crosses into the water.
- There will be a minimum charge of $200 for
any tree removal that takes more than one hour.
- There will be a maximum charge of $1500
billed to an individual
property owner for a single event, regardless of the size or number of
trees downed in that event.
- No charge will be levied for any tree that
falls from property belonging to LBA.
- The LBWID may adjust its fee schedule from time
to time to
compensate for inflation or other significant factors. The Community
will be notified before any rate changes are put into effect.
- The LBWID and its staff or representatives will
be sole judge of
safety and procedures to be used in removing trees from the Lake except
in the case where a fully responsible and insured outside contractor
has been brought in.
- The LBWID may employ its own staff and/or hire
contractors to remove any tree(s).
- The LBWID will make every effort to provide
timely tree removal
upon request. However, recognizing schedule conflicts and limitations
of available equipment and staff, immediate response will not always be
possible. Considerable delay may occur in the case of very large or
complex trees that require bringing specialized cutting or lift
equipment into the Lake.