Citizens Tree Commission

Guiding the greenery to our streets and neighborhoods is a key responsibility of the Citizen Tree Commission.

In 1994 a Citizens Tree Commission was established to consult the City in selection and care of trees and shrubs on public property and in the rights-of-way. We consists of resident volunteers, the City Arborist, and the Chair of Council’s Public Service Committee. The resident volunteer terms are three years and appointed by the Mayor. We learn about urban forestry, how to plant and care for trees and shrubs, biodiversity as it pertains to plant selection, tree diseases, the benefits of maintaining urban forestry, and the goal of continuing to be a Tree City USA.

During our meetings we review trees developers propose to be planted in tree lawns within new developments. We participate in webinars offered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Department of Forestry and other sources. Prior to planting a tree on the tree lawn, you or the contractor must submit this form and call Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS) at 1-800-362-2764 to ensure there are no utility lines in the location. Street Tree Planting Permit

In 2022 our focus will be on public education.

If you are interested in being a volunteer and a part of the Citizens Tree Commission, please forward a Letter of Interest and a brief resume to

Commission Members


  • Terry L. Robison, Chair
  • Michael Thain, Secretary
  • Amanda Cortes Brynes, Representative to the Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Joseph R. Reitz, P.E., M. ASCE, CPESC, CESSWI, City Arborist

Council Representative:

  • Jennifer Fenderbosch

Meeting Times & Locations

Meetings are held on second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Old Firehouse Community Center. 


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