Shade Tree FAQs

  • Is the tree in front of my house a City tree?City trees are planted within the City right of way. The right of way is determined by a measurement from the centerline of the roadway. Each particular street has a right of way distance. If you wish to confirm if a tree is within the City right of way, call the Engineering Department Monday thru Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
  • Can I have someone look at a tree within in the City right of way because I think it is dead since it has not produced any leaves yet?The City of Geneva contracts with a Certified Arborist who looks at tree requests within the City right of way on a monthly basis. The arborist will report his findings back to the City and, if you wish, the findings can be reported to you.
  • How do I request tree work within the City right of way from Geneva’s DPW?
  • Please call the City of Geneva Engineering Department Monday thru Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at (315) 789-3101.
  • Can I have someone look at a tree in the City right of way because it is losing a lot of limbs and I want it removed?Yes, if the tree is in the City right of way. Please call the City of Engineering Department Monday thru Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at (315) 789-3101 to arrange to have the City’s certified arborist look at the tree.
  • What kind of trees are we planting in the City right of way this year?For 2012-13, the City is planting the following trees (size): Trident Maple (small), Flowering Dogwood (small), Amelanchier Shadblow (small), Red Horsechestnut (medium), American Hornbeam (medium), Amur Cork Tree (medium), London Plane Tree (large), Sugar Maple (large), and Zelkova (large).
  • Can I request a tree to be planted in the City right of way?Yes, you may request a tree to be planted in the City right of way by calling the Engineering Department Monday thru Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Your request will be placed on a waiting list and you will be notified when a tree becomes available.
  • Can I have a tree within the City right of way removed because the tree is too close to the wires and/or the house?Trees within the City right of way are removed based on the condition they are in and the risk they pose to people and property. The City’s certified arborist determines the condition of a tree and recommends needed work based on his findings. The City does not necessarily remove a tree for reasons such as too close to wires and or home, roots getting in sewer, roots are lifting the sidewalk.
  • Whose responsibility is it to repair/replace my sidewalk if a City tree’s roots damaged it?Repair or replacing sidewalks is the homeowner’s responsibility regardless of the cause of the problems.