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Q. - I hope I'm not the only one who has asked
this but when can we expect the tree trimmings piled up and down Griffith
to be picked up?
The truck used to pick up on Fridays but it
has been weeks since anything has been removed. It makes our city look
I want Terrell to look attractive to bring new
residents to our town, but it we need to take more pride in our city.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Answer - Thank you for your question.
You are not the only one to ask about this and the situation has not
been limited to just Griffith.
The City's solid waste contractor typically has a brush truck in Terrell
two days per week. Just as the regular curbside trash pickup is intended
to take care of normal household trash, the brush collection program
is intended to help homeowners by picking up routine tree and shrub
trimmings limited to 5 cubic yards per week. That is about one typical
16' utility trailer load.
Neither the curbside pickup service of trash or brush is intended to
take care of large scale projects. For example, when a house is re-roofed
the property owner makes other arrangements for waste removal, not expecting
the curbside service to take care of that. The same is true for brush
pickup. When large scale tree cutting takes place, the property owner
or the contractor should not rely on the weekly brush pickup.
One reason you have seen the accumulation and slow removal of brush
in recent weeks is that there have been tree cutting contractors working
in Terrell generating large amounts of brush. We know that, in several
cases, the contractor has told the property owner that "the city
will haul it off" but residents have not been told of the 5 cubic
yard pickup limit. Obviously, this is a significant savings to the tree
The large piles of brush left by these contractors has greatly "overloaded"
the system and created an unsightly situation. We are working to get
all the piles picked up.
There is a bulletin that explains this program on the City website
Hal Richards, Mayor