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Posted on: September 6, 2019

Mayor Suspends Tree Protection Ordinance

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (Friday, September 6, 2019) – Mayor Wiley Johnson has suspended the requirements of the Tree Protection Ordinance, Sec. 32-324, through Monday, October 7, 2019. This means cutting and removing trees shall be permitted for the next 30 days beginning Friday, September 6.

The suspension of the ordinance was made to alleviate dangerous and hazardous conditions that could affect the public health, safety, and welfare to residents caused by impacts from Hurricane Dorian.

The Mayor made the order on the afternoon of Friday, September 6.

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WHEREAS, Hurricane Dorian has created hazardous and dangerous conditions so as to endanger the public health, safety and welfare of the Citizens in the Town of Summerville; and

WHEREAS, To alleviate these dangerous and hazardous conditions by removing certain necessary standing trees; and

WHEREAS, Town Ordinance Sec. 32-324 (O) provides that the Mayor may suspend the requirements of the Tree Protection Ordinance for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days;

NOW THEREFORE,

1. The provisions of the Tree Protection Ordinance, Sec. 32-324 is hereby suspended for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days, and

2. Cutting and removal of trees shall be permitted from September 6, 2019 through

October 7, 2019, and

It is so ordered by the Mayor of the Town of Summerville, Wiley Johnson on this 6th day of September, 2019.

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