Local Storm Debris Clean-Up Plans

By: News 10
By: News 10

After the ice storm over the weekend of December 21, cities in affected areas have created plans to deal with the brush, limbs, and trees brought down by the weather. Find out how your community will be taking care of the debris.

DELHI CHARTER TOWNSHIP:

Due to the ice storm, Delhi Township Department of Public Services is hosting emergency brush drop off days every Saturday in January. The Township Board will hear and discuss proposals for other brush clean up options at it's January 7 meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Every Saturday in January from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the POTW Pond area (Grovenburg Road, just south of McCue Rd)

Gate entrance is across the street from the Recycling Center

Brush that is dropped off must be no longer than 8' (eight feet) long and 12" (twelve inches) in diameter. Yard waste, leaves, compost and root balls no larger than 15” (fifteen inches) in diameter will be accepted free of charge only during the brush drop-off event.

Yard waste in plastic bags must be dumped at the compost site and the bags properly disposed of by the resident. Due to facility restrictions vehicles with trailers no larger than 7’ x 12’ will be allowed. Trailers larger than 7’ x 12’ will not be accepted into the facility.

Proof of residency is required. Please note: Township personnel will not assist with unloading brush (it is a self-serve event; brush and yard waste must be properly stacked in designated areas only).

Please contact the Delhi Charter Township Department of Public Services at (517) 699-3874 for further details.

DELTA TOWNSHIP:

Beginning this Friday, December 28, Delta Township will have the Players Club Park, 925 South Canal Road, open for DELTA TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS ONLY for drop off of tree limbs and branches. The site will operate Monday - Saturday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm until further notice. No materials will be accepted on Sundays.
Residents will be required to show ID along with a utility bill, voter ID, or tax bill confirming they are a Delta Township resident. No commercial haulers or tree services will be accepted under any circumstances. Also no stumps will be accepted.

Beginning on Saturday, January 11, 2014, the new drop-off site for brush and tree limbs for Delta Township residents will be Erickson Park, 4220 South Canal Road.

Hours will remain the same, Monday – Saturday, from 8:00 – 5:00 a.m.

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP

Meridian Township officials are facilitating a curbside pick-up program of Fallen branches to assist residents with storm damage debris as a result of the recent ice storm.Residents are asked to place brush between the sidewalk and the road for pick-up. Please cut branches to 4 foot lengths. Collection will begin in January and
may take several weeks to complete.

Smaller branches and limbs can also be dropped off
at the Christmas Tree Recycling sites at Wonch Park
(4555 Okemos Road) and Nancy Moore Park (2100 Gaylord C. Smith Court) until the end of January.

CITY OF EAST LANSING:

East Lansing residents with downed limbs and branches in their yards from the Dec. 21 ice storm are reminded that they can place storm debris at the curb for free collection by the East Lansing Department of Public Works (DPW).

All storm debris can be placed at the curb as is; residents are not expected to cut items in half or bundle them. Residents should use caution when cleaning up their yards and may want to consider hiring a professional to clear larger branches and unstable trees.
The cleanup process is estimated to take a number of weeks, so patience with curbside pickup is appreciated. Community members with questions can contact DPW at (517) 337-9459.

Residents without power for an extended period of time have an increased potential for frozen water pipes. They are advised to contact a local plumber if they have any questions or concerns.

CITY OF LANSING:

In response to the unprecedented severe ice storm that caused widespread damage to trees across the City of Lansing, city forestry crews have been working to clear downed trees and limbs from city streets to allow the passage of motorists, emergency vehicles and utility workers. Building on these ongoing efforts, the city is establishing a central drop-off location and curbside removal program for tree debris.
To facilitate this effort, city residents are urged to clean up their yards and place material at the right-of-way for collection as soon as possible. City residents can also take tree debris to the drop-off location at Washington Park, located at 2700 S. Washington Avenue.
While city crews continue working in the days ahead to remove or make safe any remaining tree hazards on city property, city residents with hazardous tree-related conditions on their private property are also asked to make safe any remaining tree hazards. Residents in this situation should also consult with their homeowner's insurance company to determine if such work is covered under their insurance policy.
The debris clean-up effort is expected to take a minimum of several months due to the unprecedented scale of tree damage across the city, as well as the likelihood of ongoing winter conditions that can interfere with cleanup operations. Debris removal crews will follow the city's local plow routes. Work locations will be updated on the city website at www.lansingmi.gov.
We ask for resident's cooperation and patience during this large scale clean-up effort. Below are some tips and requests that will make the placement of debris and its collection safe and efficient for city residents and our employees:
When placing tree debris at the right-of-way please:
• Do not block sidewalks.
• Do not place material in the street.
• Place all material adjacent to the public road.
• If possible, please cut limbs and brush to not more than four (4) feet in length.
• Place the larger end of limbs toward the street.
• The city will not collect stumps or material located on private property.

As a clarification, the city's regular Christmas tree collection will start the week of December 30, 2013 and will continue through the week of January 6, 2014. Debris collection from the ice storm will continue until the work is complete.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the debris clean-up program:
Are there size limits on tree debris that will be removed?
Yes, residents are requested to cut brush and limbs to four (4) feet in length or less. There is no limit in diameter for this special collection.
How many passes will the city make for this special removal?
The city will make one pass through the entire city. Under special circumstances the city may revisit areas where additional debris remains to be collected.
Will the city be performing another clean-up in the Spring?
No, it will be the responsibility of the resident to dispose of the material after this special debris removal or utilize the city's normal curbside yard waste program in the Spring.


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