TREE REMOVAL AND DE-BERMING
De-berming is the process of removing built-up soil, grass, and other material from the edge of the roadway, allowing water to effectively drain off the roadway. A property owner may contact the Van Buren County Road Commission to request keeping the spoils from de-berming.
A property owner may contact the Van Buren County Road Commission to request that a dead or dying tree be removed from the county road right-of-way. Van Buren County Road Commission staff will determine if a tree is a safety hazard and should be removed. The property owner may arrange to keep the wood, or have it removed by the Road Commission. Requests must come from the property owner as the tree belongs to them and, in most cases, permission must be granted by them for the removal.
FIRST RIGHT OF REFUSAL
When a project or maintenance operation takes place in the road right-of-way that creates materials and debris, the adjacent property owner shall have the right of first refusal to keep wood or spoils. Property owners can be notified with a project letter outlining “first right of refusal,” or individually contacted by Road Commission staff. If a letter or notice is provided to a property owner, a 14-day notice requirement exists for contacting the Road Commission to keep the material. No response within 14 days indicates refusal.
BAT SPECIES IMPACT TREE CUTTING
Michigan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The bats have a habitat of live and dead trees three (3") inches or larger in diameter. Therefore, tree removals must take place during periods of hibernation (October 15 through March 31) or, in some instances, require additional consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This prohibition does not effect emergency operations.