Tree Debris Pickup Starts Today — Be Sure To Follow Set-Out Guidelines
July 1, 2013
As Golden Valley begins its post-storm emergency curbside brush pickup today, the City reminds residents to carefully follow guidelines for setting out tree debris or it will not be picked up. Currently several residences have brush and log piles stacked on or near obstructions, meaning the contractor’s automated loading mechanism won’t be able to pick them up.
Crews began picking up tree debris the morning of July 1 in the area south of Hwy 55, including the current Pavement Management Program area. From there, trucks will move into the area north of Hwy 55 and east of Douglas Dr. When that area is completed, crews will pick up brush in the area north of Hwy 55 and west of Douglas Dr.
Residents are responsible for getting brush and logs to the curb for pickup. Here’s how to prepare your tree debris for pickup:
- Condense brush and logs into two separate piles, one pile of each per household. Logs and brush can be no longer than 12 feet.
- Keep piles completely clear of sidewalks, mailboxes, streetlights and sign poles, landscaping and fences, overhead tree branches, and power lines. The contractor uses trucks with automated loading arms to pick up the brush piles. If your brush is stacked near a restricted area or tossed in a pile rather than stacked, it will be left behind. The contractor will not load brush by hand.
- If piles don’t fit between the curb and sidewalk, place them on the boulevard behind the sidewalk. Do not place brush in the street.
- No leaves, grass clippings, stumps, roots, building lumber, landscape timbers, or bags of garbage will be picked up. If any of these items are mixed in the brush stacks, the entire stack will be left behind. The contractor will not sort through brush stacks for acceptable material.
- Do not place brush in garbage cans or other containers. It must be stacked at the curb.
Also, please keep these safety tips in mind when around the brush removal operations:
- Equipment operators have limited visibility, so make sure to stay at least 100 feet away until you make eye contact with the operator and can safely proceed.
- While on foot, please stay at least 100 feet away from the equipment. Between the equipment being used, the material being moved, and the multiple pieces of equipment moving it is important that pedestrians stay back and stay safe.
- Keep an eye on children and make sure they are not left alone around the equipment.
Crews will make one sweep through each residential neighborhood, picking up tree debris only (again, no stumps). Because of the extensive tree damage throughout the community, it is unclear how long it will take to complete the brush pickup. The City will post regular progress updates here.
The emergency curbside brush pickup will be funded through the City’s conservation/recycling budget and is available only to residents. This budget, which also cover’s the City’s annual spring curbside brush pickup, fall leaf drop off, Mighty Tidy Day, and curbside recycling, is funded by user fees to residential customers on their City utility bill. Commercial customers are not charged for this fund. Businesses affected by the storm can take tree debris to the City’s temporary drop off site (see below).
Temporary Tree Debris Drop Off Site
The City has opened a temporary tree debris drop off site at 9305 10th Ave (south side of the street). Hours are noon-8 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday. The site is open until July 3 to Golden Valley residents and businesses with a valid ID and proof of address as well as tree contractors who can identify the Golden Valley address from which their tree debris was taken. Logs and brush up to 12 feet long will be accepted (no stumps).
Hiring A Tree Contractor
Downed and damaged trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. When hiring a tree contractor, use the following tips for optimal results:
- Start by checking the phone directory under Trees or Tree Service. Ask friends and neighbors for recommendations.
- Beware of door-knockers. Most reputable companies have all the work they can handle without going door-to-door.
- Ask for certificates of insurance, including proof of liability for personal and property damage and worker’s compensation. Call the insurance company to make certain the policy is current. Under some circumstances, you can be held financially responsible if an uninsured worker is hurt on your property.
- Never pay in advance for the work.
Ash Wood Disposal
Federal quarantine requires all ash wood be taken to designated disposal sites (like Golden Valley’s temporary drop off site). Ash wood also cannot be moved out of Hennepin County.
Questions regarding trees and tree disposal? Contact Golden Valley Public Works at 763-593-8030.