City residents attempting to dig themselves out from under tree debris after recent storms are creating delays in the McMinnville Public Works Department’s attempt to pick up the piles.
Due to the recent bad weather, the department has been hit with a storm of its own with an onslaught of calls for service. Public Works is asking residents for their patience and understanding.
“We respectfully ask city residents be patient as we are currently experiencing a very high number of requests for brush collection,” said McMinnville Public Works assistant director Brad Hennessee. “Damage incurred by recent storms, combined with the usual increase in early spring time brush collection, has resulted in many residents who have experienced delays. This situation is regrettable but unavoidable.”
Brush and limbs are picked up by the city for residents who do their own trimming and cutting. This service is provided year-round and is normally collected one to three weeks after the resident calls the department for service. Debris must be piled beside the street.
Employees have been working diligently for over a week to meet the demand for service and an extra crew has been added, says Hennessee.
“Extra manpower and equipment are being utilized to help resolve this issue, but it is simply going to take more time,” he said. “These extra resources will remain in place until the situation is resolved. We may even run a crew on Saturday.”
Lists of the most concentrated areas have been compiled and those areas will be collected by the extra resources while the normal daily collection is being maintained.