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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 so unkempt.


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 contractor.


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 at:




Hal Richards, Mayor




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