The City and Park Board are helping with the removal of downed trees. For current information about the Park Board’s tree removal and park facility updates, check the Park Board’s storm response web news page, Facebook page and Twitter feed. They will be adding photos and other interesting details about the Park Board’s efforts to recover from the storm. Here is how to dispose of debris on our property:
Residents with small branches and pieces of brush can use the regular weekly Solid Waste & Recycling yard waste collection service to have them picked up. Crews will pick up bundles of brush and small branches that are less than three inches in diameter and less than three feet long. Here's how to get them ready for pickup:
· Bundle them securely with twine or rope. Do not use wire.
· Each bundle must be less than 3 feet long.
· Each bundle must weigh less than 40 pounds.
Make sure to have the bundles of yard waste at your alley or curb line, next to the garbage cart, by 6 a.m. on your garbage day.
Park Board crews will collect tree debris that can be brought to the boulevard beginning July 1 through July 12 for properties affected by the storm. This service is for property owners clearing their property of tree debris after storm damage only—it is not for contractors doing work for property owners or for regular tree pruning. It is only for tree debris, not construction or other materials.
· Move larger limbs, branches, and trunks to the boulevard area in front of your house. Park Board crews will pick up and dispose of these items at no charge.
· Property owners adjacent to tree debris placed on the boulevard are asked not to park vehicles near the debris, to help crews in the removal process. “No parking” signs may be posted and enforced to facilitate the cleanup operation.
Since there are so many downed trees in yards throughout the city, many residents will be looking for a contractor to take care of the problem. It’s important to make sure the tree company you use is licensed, because unlicensed companies may not be insured for damage they might cause to your property, and their workers may not be properly trained to protect themselves and your property from damage. Here are some things residents should know when choosing a tree company:
· To find out if a tree service contractor is licensed in Minneapolis, look at this list on the City’s website.
· A licensed contractor must submit a copy of a written estimate to the property owner for approval prior to any work to be performed.
· Licensed Tree Service contractors have marked vehicles and display a City of Minneapolis license decal.
· Licensed Tree Service contractors maintain insurance in the event of damage to your property, your neighbors’ property, or if anyone is injured on the job site.
The Park Board’s primary focus is the safety of residents, clearing streets and removing downed boulevard trees. A number of the Park Board’s 47 recreation centers are without power and are closed. Columbia and Hiawatha golf courses are currently closed; all other courses are open with some limited access. A number of park amenities such as fishing docks and trails have been impacted. More detailed updates on parks, recreation centers, and other amenities will be available later this afternoon. Visit www.minneapolisparks.org for updated information in the “News and Events” section and/or subscribe to get weather-related emails by clicking on the red envelope icon at www.minneapolisparks.org, submitting your email address and selecting the “Weather” topic.