Is the property owner responsible for repairs if the concrete damage is caused by a tree?

In an effort to beautify our City's neighborhoods, street trees are encouraged in front of each residence. The property owner is responsible for the maintenance of the street tree and for the cost of concrete repair, even though the concrete may have been raised by the street tree. Certain species of trees may raise concrete if preventative maintenance is not performed.

In extreme cases, street trees cannot be saved and must be removed before the sidewalk and/or curb and gutter can be replaced. City standards require replacement of the tree, to be selected from a list of approved street trees. Proper tree selection is critical and is reviewed by the City Arborist. The tree permit process in these cases must be pursued before a concrete permit can be issued. Tree permits are issued by the Public Works Director. Tree work permitting is governed by Chapter 7-11.

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1. How do you select the streets to be paved?
2. What is the rating on the condition of streets in Watsonville?
3. How can I see what projects the City has out to bid?
4. Are these public improvement standards up to date?
5. Who is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk, park strip area, and curb gutters?
6. Can we have stop signs placed at intersections in our neighborhood to reduce speeding?
7. Cars speed through my neighborhood, how can we get/request a speed bump?
8. Why do we pay sewer fees?
9. Does city staff replace the water mains?
10. Why do the water mains have to be replaced?
11. What is the Chrome 6 Project?
12. Who is liable for injuries caused by defective sidewalks?
13. How is the need for correction of landscape-related problems determined?
14. When is concrete repair needed?
15. When is curb and gutter repair required?
16. What are the options available for completing the work?
17. How does one go about finding a contractor?
18. Are there inspections and standards for concrete repair work?
19. Is the property owner responsible for repairs if the concrete damage is caused by a tree?
20. What measures should be taken to minimize concrete displacement by tree roots?