Shade Tree & Park Commission

About the Shade Tree & Park Commission


The 5 member Shade Tree & Park Commission studies and makes recommendations with respect to landscaping on public property.   


Advisory to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager


The Shade Tree & Park Commission has the power to study, investigate, plan, advise, report and recommend to City Council, the City Manager or the Mayor any action, program, plan or legislation which the Commission shall find or determine to be necessary or advisable for the care, preservation, trimming, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in public ways, streets and alleys.

The Commission shall also have the power to review the conditions of landscaping, tree maintenance, turf and plantings in city parks and make reports, plans, and recommendations to the City Council, Mayor and City Manager as they may from time to time determine is valuable.

The City Council, Mayor or City Manager may also request the Commission consider various aspects of policy and seek a recommendation as they may wish. 


The Shade Tree & Park Commission meets monthly as needed.  Meetings are the second Thursday at 10:00 AM, held in City Hall.


Five members, consisting of four city residents and one non-city resident 


Mayor, confirmed by City Council


Three year term



Staff Liaison/Department

Mark L. Heydlauff, City Manager (231) 547-3270


  • Perry Irish Hodgson, Chair
    Term expires: December 31, 2025
  • Jennifer Muladore
    Term expires: December 31, 2023
  • Megan Cassada
    Term expires: December 31, 2025
  • David Bertinelli 
    Term expires: December 31, 2024
  • David Levy
    Term expires: December 31, 2025
  • Mark Heydlauff, City Manager - Advisor
  • Pat Elliott, DPW Superintendent - Advisor
  • John Griffith, Electric Department Director - Advisor