In working with the City, it shall be the responsibility of the City Tree Board to study, investigate, council, develop and/or update annually, and administer a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in City parks, along streets and in other public areas. Such plan will be presented annually to the City Council and upon their acceptance and approval shall constitute the official Comprehensive City Tree Plan for the City of Sterling, Illinois. The board, when requested by the City Council, shall consider, investigate, make findings, report and recommend upon any special matter of question coming within the scope of its work.
The term of the five (5) persons to be appointed by the Mayor shall be three (3) years except that the term of two of the members appointed to the first board shall be for only two years and the term of two members of the first board shall be for three years. In the event that a vacancy shall occur during the term of any member, his successor shall be appointed for the unexpired portion of the term.
The Tree Board meets as needed, typically once a month. Agendas and minutes are posted online for public knowledge.