During the years of 2019, 2020, and 2021, the City has conducted enhanced enforcement of the hazardous tree ordinance requirements. This was prompted by the Emerald Ash Borer infections in Ash trees, which resulted in the death of many trees in the City of Milton. The enforcement action by the City also included other types of dead or hazardous trees.
Staff sent out letters to 136 properties concerning dead or hazardous trees. Trees located on private property and on the Right of Way adjacent to a property are the responsibility of the property owner for removal. Staff received great cooperation from property owners who were contacted regarding removal of hazardous trees. There are approximately 10 properties City staff are still working with to remove trees. The letters were sent out over a three year timeline.
Staff will continue to work with property owners in 2021 and beyond who still need to remove trees. Per ordinance the City can remove the trees and charge the property owners the cost, but the City would rather have the owners privately schedule the removal.
Emerald Ash Borer
Included on the City website is information about Emerald Ash Borer infections. The insect is still around and further City inspections are planned to occur again in the Spring or Summer of 2022.
Tree Related Ordinances
The City’s website also provides information about local rules and regulations concerning trees, including hazardous tree information, design, information for businesses and development, and the responsibilities of the Parks & Recreation Commission in the Code of Ordinances. All of the tree related ordinances were placed in one document to make it easier for community members to find the information they need.
Curbside collection of brush occurs on a regular basis in the City of Milton. The City's website includes dates and information about curbside brush collection.
Urban Forestry Grant
The City received an Urban Forestry Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) that allowed the City to replace dead trees that were removed from parks and open spaces, along the highways, and at City facilities.
The City planted 75 trees to replace the 75 trees that were removed.
Wood Chips Delivered
The City delivers wood chips and logs to properties within the School District of Milton when available. In order to be placed on the list, please contact the Public Works Department at (608) 868-6914 or complete the Wood Chips Delivery form available on the City's website.