Then scroll down until you find this:
When you get there, look for the following language:
Did you know that? There is also the matter of sidewalk repair, which according to the following now also falls upon the concerned property owner.
According to Exhibit I - Sections A and B - certain property owners are now responsible for trimming city trees. And according to Exhibit J these same folks are also responsible for maintaining the city's sidewalks and curb areas.
In other words, according to what is cited above the city is requiring Conditional Use Permit applicants to trim city trees and repair/replace city sidewalks. This is not being applied to everyone. However, if you do not comply and repair or replace city property, you will not be issued a CUP for your project.
The residents pay city taxes for this kind of work to be done. Therefore no private property owners should be required to maintain the city's property. Especially after the residents of Sierra Madre agreed to pay higher utility taxes (Measure UUT) in order to have just these kinds of responsibilities met by the city.
The next thing you know, property owners will be required to fix water leaks, pot holes, and sewer problems. Which are some of the other things that the city seems to be having trouble keeping up with. Right?
So what is the real deal here? If you go to the following City Hall maintained site dealing with the matter of the City's responsibility for maintaining trees on public property (link), you will find this:
Parkway Tree Trimming - In an effort to consistently maintain the City of Sierra Madre's tree-lined streets the Public Works Department provides tree trimming on a rotating schedule.
Pretty much acknowledges that the City of Sierra Madre's Public Works Department handles tree trimming on public property, right? No matter whose property these trees might be near?
This next City Hall site (link) tells us that the City takes similar responsibilities for things like street and sidewalk maintenance.
The City of Sierra Madre's streets and sidewalks are maintained by the Street Maintenance Division of the Public Works Department. The Department strives to maintain the City's streets and sidewalks by providing fast and reliable service to its residents. The Street Maintenance Division continues to improve and maintain the streets through the City's ongoing street rehabilitation project.
So when exactly did the responsibility for maintaining trees and sidewalks in these instances pass from the city's Public Works Department to the city's property owners? Why would something this confiscatory be announced in a Planning Commission staff report prepared by City employees? Did the City Council recently make this change?
And why do you think that would have happened?