Atlantic Community Protection Committee set to meet Tuesday


August 12th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Community Protection Committee is set to meet 5:30-p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 14th) in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall. On their agenda is a review of changes to the right-of-way tree ordinance. The changes reflect policy with regard to dead, diseased and dying trees, and returning the Forester’s responsibilities to the Street Superintendent instead of the Parks and Rec Director. The Forester will have the sole determination about tree health and prioritization of dead tree removal. They will be responsible for removing all dead, diseased, or dangerous trees, broken and decayed tree limbs within the public right-of-way when necessary, to protect the safety of the public. The proposed changes will be forwarded to the City Attorney for review before being recommended to the City Council.

And, the CPC will continue with discussions held during their meeting late last month, with regard to changes to the Fireworks Ordinance. The discussion focused on persons violating the ordinance with regard to when the hours of use for fireworks on private property, which are currently Noon-to 10-p.m. July 2nd and 3rd, and from Noon-to 11-p.m. July 4th. Fireworks are also currently allowed from 6-p.m. New Year’s Eve until 12:15-a.m. New Year’s Day.

Any decisions on changing the Ordinance are not expected until next Spring.