From left: Melvin Caldwell, Mary Bess Lawing, Mary Yoder, Council Member John Stiver, and John Williams. Not pictured is Karen McDougal.
The Tree Board is a seven-member board appointed by the Mayor and City Council for a three-year term. All members shall be residents of the City of Newton. The board meets quarterly.
The Tree Board serves as an advisory board to the City Council within the guidelines set forth in the City Tree Ordinance. The ordinance provides for the pruning, treatment and removal of trees and shrubs in order to protect and conserve trees deemed necessary by the City Tree Board. The overall intent is to encourage the protection of trees and express the city's intent to use trees to enhance a more natural environment.
The board's responsibility is to study, investigate, counsel, and develop written plans for the care, preservation, trimming, planting, re-planting, removal, or disposition of trees and shrubs in public areas. The Tree Board shall submit an annual report of its activities and recommendations to the City Council.
The board's current goals and objectives include offering quarterly programs on tree-related topics, integrating City and Newton-Conover High School horticulturist activities and developing a tree replacement plan for removing obstructing or high-maintenance trees along power lines.