Shade Tree Commission

 

300 East Main Street

Leetonia, Ohio 44431

Phone: (330) 420-8547

Fax: (330) 427-8088

Email: shadetree@leetonia.org

 

Shade Tree Members:

Kevin Siembida (Mayor)

Jeff Schreiber (Shade Tree Commissioner)

William Merdich (Advisor)

 

Meetings are held every 3rd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall and are open to the public.

 

Responsibilities:

The Shade Tree Commission is responsible for adhering to the rules and regulations as set forth by Ordinance No. 87-1538.

 

Purpose and Mission:

  • To help maintain and enhance our tree population within the Village
  • To provide a safe environment for all of our citizens
  • To improve the quality of life for present and future generations by maintaining the public right-of-way

 

History:

1987 The Village of Leetonia passed the tree Ordinance

1988 The Village Tree Commission held its first meeting

1991 The Village of Leetonia received Tree City USA recognition. We received a Letter of Congratulations from the Ohio Senate.

1993 The Village received a Small Business Administration Grant for Tree Planting

1997 Community Partnership - In conjunction with Ohio Edison, the Shade Tree Commission identified trees under the power lines for removal and replacement.

2000 The Village's first street tree inventory was completed with the help of Chris Carlson, Director of Horticulture Technology, Kent State University - Salem Branch

2001 The Village of Leetonia was the recipient of the National Arbor Day Foundation Growth Award. This award is given to a community that goes above the call of duty to promote community and urban Forestry

2002 The Village of Leetonia was the recipient of the Urban Forestry Good Stewardship Excellence Award

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Did you know that a mature tree can be worth thousands of dollars?  And not just for lumber:  living trees provide shade which helps reduce cooling costs; intercept rainwater, reducing erosion and runoff; and add anywhere from a 3% to 15% increase in property value, to name just a few economic benefits.  Trees that are growing in the curb lawn (the area between the sidewalk and street) or right of way (approximately 6 - 10 feet from the edge of the road where there is no sidewalk) of Village streets belong to the Village.  So, just a reminder that before you remove any Village tree you must get a permit from the Village Shade Tree Commission.  There is no cost for the permit.  A permit is also required before you plant any trees or shrubs in the curb lawn or right of way.
If you are interested in planting a tree or shrub in the curb lawn or right of way, please contact Jeff Schreiber.  I have a number of seedlings available for free.
Shade Tree Commissioner:  Jeff Schreiber
Phone:  (330) 420-8547
Email: 
shadetree@leetonia.org