Summer is quickly drawing to a close and students will soon be walking to school. We are asking all residents to please trim low-hanging branches and overgrown shrubs to make our sidewalks safe for our students, as well as ensure proper visibility for motorists.


According to Town Ordinance 130-7, entitled Trees and Shrubs near Roadways,“If any tree or shrub or part thereof along any public highway, public sidewalk, public right-of-way, public structure or any easement dedicated to the Town of Clinton for sight visibility or other public purposes becomes dangerous to the public safety or interferes with the public right-of-way, the owner of the property in front of which such tree or shrub is located shall remove it or the required part thereof forthwith”.  This means that even if a tree is located along the street within the Town’s Right-of-Way, the owner of the property in which the tree is located on is responsible for the maintenance and/or removal of the tree as the need arises.


As a related reminder, Ordinance 130-1, entitled Permit Required for Certain Acts, states “No person shall do or cause to be done any of the following acts affecting the trees, plants, shrubbery or other ornamental flora planted or growing naturally within the highways or public places under the jurisdiction of the Town, except with a written permit first obtained from the Shade Tree Commission:


  • Cut, trim, break, disturb the roots of or spray with chemicals any living tree or shrub; or injure, misuse or remove any structure or device placed to support or protect any tree or shrub.
  • Plant or remove any living tree or shrub, or climb with spikes any living tree or shrub.
  • Fasten any rope, wire, electric attachments, sign or other device to a tree or shrub or to any guard about such tree or shrub.
  • Close or obstruct any open space provided about the base of a tree or shrub to permit the access of air, water or fertilizer to the roots thereof.
  • Pile any building material or make any mortar or cement within six feet of a tree or shrub
  • Change the grade of the soil within the limits of the lateral spread of the branches of any such tree.

We ask that any resident who wishes to maintain their trees please contact the Shade Tree Commission in advance of any work.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in keeping our community safe and beautiful!