City will help with cleanup after storm
By Russ Edem 530News –
The storm that came through Great Bend over the weekend of Jan. 13-16 brought freezing rain and ice which caused a lot of damage to trees throughout the city.
City officials decided last Wednesday to help those who are not able to take their limbs to the compost site.
Mayor Mike Allison met with a number of city staff to assess the progress that the city crews have had in removing tree limbs from the streets in the city.
“The crews have also been busy in cleaning up and making safe our various parks and publicly owned properties,” Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said. “City staff has been working to get as much done in these areas as possible to assure the safety of our citizens so that we could determine what further steps the city needs to take relating to cleanup for the community.”
Allison stated his sincere appreciation to all of those citizens who have worked hard to clean up their properties and remove the debris left by the recent storm.
“We continue to urge you to clean up your properties and take the limbs to the city compost site,” Allison said.
The compost site was staffed by city employees last weekend to assure that there is room for the limbs to be dropped off.
“Again, many citizens have been proactive and for that we are greatly appreciative,” he said.
Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, city employees began picking up limbs from properties that were unable to get them to the compost site.
Residents are urged not to stack limbs on driveways or sidewalks so crews do not cause damage to them. Also, do not stack the limbs in the streets. City crews feel that they will have public properties and streets safely secured by Jan. 25.
Crews began pickup from the east and west ends of the city and continue to work their way to the middle.
They will not come on private property. The limbs should be cut into lengths not greater than 8 feet and stacked in the same direction parallel to the curb. If there is any trash in the limb pile, the pile will not be removed and will be the responsibility of the property owner. They will not retrace their steps and will go through each street only once; the workers are trying to be as efficient and effective as possible.
Allison stated that city crews had other obligations that were already planned. By doing this some of these obligations will be pushed back and will be done at a later time.
That will cause our crews to be playing catchup on their regular activities for some time in the future.
Director of Public Lands Scott Keeler and Public Works Director Charlie Suchy took the lead in the pickup efforts. Keeler may be contacted at 620-792-9546 and Suchy may be contacted at 620-793-4150.
“Again, the city appreciates all of the great work many of our citizens have made to clean up the community,” Allison said.
According to Street Superintendent Mike Crawford, the compost site at 97 SW 5 Ave. will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. the rest of the week and will be open over the weekend from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The site will be manned to help with direction to where the limbs should be dropped off.