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SHADE TREE COMMISSION
On January 28, 1966 the Council of the Borough of Hanover created a Shade Tree Commission, whose primary responsibilities include the placement of new street trees, recommending desirable varieties, overseeing trimming and maintaining existing street trees, and removing undesirable or diseased trees. The Tree Commission is composed of three citizens appointed by the Borough Council for a term of three years. In 2001, the Borough of Hanover was officially designated as a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the Shade Tree Commission’s continuing excellence in management of tree maintenance and plantings within the Borough’s public right-of-ways.

THE PERMIT SYSTEM
A permit shall be obtained before any tree is planted or removed in or along any public street or right-of-way. A permit is also needed before any work for the care, pruning, removal, and trimming of any tree in or up on the public streets is done. The purpose of the permit is to insure that acceptable trees are planted, the placement of these meet Borough safety standards, and that the existing trees are properly trimmed and maintained. Permits are available at the Borough Office in the Municipal Building, 44 Frederick Street, or see link to form at top of page.

TREE TRIMMING OR REMOVAL
All Borough street trees are maintained by the Public Works Department. If you have a street tree that you feel needs trimmed or removed, just fill out a permit to alert the Tree Commission of the problem. Homeowners, however, may perform needed trimming or removal by their own qualified tree maintenance people. A permit must be submitted and be approved by the Tree Commission before this work can be started. No “topping” of street trees is allowed, additional guidelines available.

Did you know you may fill out a Shade Tree Commission Permit Application to apply to plant a tree yourself or have our Public Works Dept. purchase and plant a tree within the public right-of-way? 
Concerned about tree branches in electrical wires?
Please call Met-Ed at this number to be put on their customer work list:  1-800-545-7741 and your concerns will be addressed by their staff in a timely manner.
Shade Tree Commission Members:

Jill Rohrbaugh, Chairman
Jane West
Joel Weaver