If you are trimming your trees and hedges or just removing storm debris from your yard and live in the City of Russellville, then you are in luck, because the city will be picking up debris on the curb the second and last week of every month. The city used to pick up the limbs and such once per month.
“We are trying to get the debris pickup under control,” said Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton. “With the recent storms and wind we have been having, there is more and more debris out there that needs to be picked up,” added the mayor.
If you have debris in your yard from a storm blowing limbs or twigs off of trees or if you are doing some pruning on your bushes or trees and wish to get rid of it, just drag it out to the curbside and it will be picked up.
One of the stipulations, however, is the debris cannot be over six feet in length. Anything larger than that cannot be handled by the crews and they will not be bringing with them chainsaws to cut it. Also, city crews cannot enter personal property, so the debris mush be taken to the curbside if it is to be picked up.
The city purchased a chipper truck four years ago and it has proved to be very handy. The truck was purchased for $9,940 with funds collected by the city for code enforcement violations.
Right now the truck is out of commission and is being repaired. Mayor Stratton said the city crews will be picking up the debris in a truck and taking it behind the city’s park.
“When the truck is fixed we will be taking it back out again to use on the debris,” said Stratton.
The city began spraying for mosquitoes Monday. Stratton says the city hasn’t had a problem with mosquitoes this year, but is anticipating a possible increase now that there has been more rain.
The spraying occurs at dusk around 7:30 p.m. A truck will be used which sprays a fog that kills the pesky insect. Stratton says don’t be surprised if you hear the truck as late as 10 p.m. It may take a couple of days to treat the city.
“If we see a good result from he first spraying then we will be done in one or two days, but if we need to we can retreat. We hope that the first treatment will do it because the product is very expensive,” said the mayor.