The members of the Shade Tree Commission are appointed by the Mayor and serve without compensation. STC members are appointed by the Mayor and Council for five year terms. There are 7 regular members and two alternates.
The Leonia Shade Tree Commission is charged with protecting and renewing one of our town's most important qualities: its fabulous population of shade trees. Through the efforts of the Commission, Leonia has been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree City U.S.A." for the past twenty nine years.
New Shade Tree Ordinance
The Borough of Leonia City Council and Mayor adopted on January 21, 2020 an amended Chapter 275 “Trees” of the Code of the Borough of Leonia which will replace the existing Chapter 275 effective on April 1, 2020 (the “New Ordinance”). Until April 1, 2020, the provisions of the existing Chapter 275 apply. You may find the New Shade Tree Ordinance below in the "Shade Tree Ordinances" section at the bottom of this page.
You will find answers to frequently asked questions, available in English, Spanish, & Korean, regarding the New Ordinance in the "Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)" section at the bottom of this page.
If you have a tree that is on Borough property or on the right of way in front of your property that looks damaged or diseased, contact the Shade Tree Commission via "Request Service" on the website for an inspection. If the tree does need to have work performed on it, the work will be performed by the Borough at no cost to you. If there is an emergency please contact Borough Hall at 201-592-5780 (Monday thru Friday at noon) or the Police Department at 201-944-0800 (Saturday and Sunday).
Planting New Trees
In addition to maintaining the Borough's existing tree population, the Shade Tree Commission is also responsible for planting new trees. If you would like to be put on the list to have a new tree planted on the Borough Right-Of-Way in front of your home, send your request via the “Request Service” link and select "Trees."
- Vivian Demarco (2020)
- Christine Healy-Sammis (2021) - Co-Chair
- Soo Joung Woo (exp. 2021)
- Imanta Bergmanis (exp. 2022) - Co-Chair
- Mark Spiegel (exp. 2023)
- Kate Mirbaba (exp. 2023)
- Kathi Verbeek - Alternate (exp. 2023)
- Julie Ulbrich Vassallo (exp. 2024)
- Megan Lutz (exp. 2022) - Alternate
- Bill Ziegler - Council Liaison
The Shade Tree Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM in Borough Hall on 312 Broad Avenue.