NORMAN — The city of Norman is continuing its recovery process following the winter storm that began Dec. 20 that caused significant tree damage throughout Norman.
To remove the fallen vegetation, the city will provide debris removal from the street rights of way, generally the area 15 feet behind the edge of the street, beginning Thursday.
· Crews have begun working within the city rights of way to remove storm-related debris and cut down and remove any damaged limbs that may impact public rights of way.
· Crews will work between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week until work is completed.
· Weather permitting, the first pass of debris removal will begin Thursday and is expected to be completed by Jan. 16.
· Weather permitting, a final pass will begin Jan. 20 and is expected to be completed by Feb. 3.
· Crews will work throughout the city.
· Only residential properties are eligible for debris removal.
· No commercial, industrial or institutional properties will be provided debris removal services. This material can be disposed of at the city of Norman Compost Facility, 398 Bratcher Miner Road, if the limbs are no longer than 4 feet lengths and 2 inches in diameter, at no cost. Larger debris may be disposed of for a fee at the city’s Solid Waste Transfer Station, 3901 Chautauqua Ave.
· Do not place debris in the road, on sidewalks or within the intersection sight triangle (25 feet of street corners) because this can cause a safety issue.
· Do not place debris near any water meter vault, fire hydrant, any other above-ground utility, mailboxes or poly carts.
· Only debris placed on the public right of way will be eligible for collection. Do not place debris in alleys for collection.
· Norman citizens are asked to avoid affected areas, as the increased traffic will delay cleanup operations.
· Bagged debris should not be placed on the street right of way; only loose debris will be collected. Bagged debris will be collected at the normal yard waste collection.
· Residents may experience increased traffic, temporary road closures or delays on some streets where these contractors are working. Contractors will have flag persons and signage. Be cautious when passing, and travel at slow speeds in these areas.
· Please remove parked vehicles or other obstructions from the public or private street when the debris contractor is working in the area.
· City crews will not remove limbs or debris from power lines. Contact the appropriate power company: Oklahoma Gas & Electric, 272-9595, or Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, 321-2024.
Urban debris removal:
· In the area indicated on the attached map as urban, debris removal will include residential vegetative debris.
· Vegetative debris is defined as storm-damaged limbs, branches and shrubbery (burnable woody debris). The material should be cut in 8 to 12 foot lengths and stacked in piles along the right of way within 5 feet of the curb or edge of roadway.
· Discarded Christmas trees will not be collected as part of the storm debris removal. However, the city of Norman will collect Christmas trees as a part of the normal monthly yard waste collection at no additional cost, provided that the decorations and stands are properly removed.
· Debris from yards will be collected if it is moved to the right of way.
· Residents may remove debris from their property and dispose of the material at the city of Norman Compost Facility if the limbs are no longer than 4 foot lengths and 2 inches in diameter at no cost. Larger debris may be disposed of for a fee at the city’s Solid Waste Transfer Station.
Rural debris removal:
· In the area indicated on the map as rural, city work crews will clear and remove vegetative debris that is located within the city rights of way. This is generally 15 feet behind the paving or outside any fenced areas adjacent to road ways.
· Residents are asked to not remove additional debris from adjacent properties into the right of way.
· Burn permits for debris may be obtained by contacting the Fire Department Administration Office at 292-9780.
Weekly household garbage and monthly yard waste collection occurring on the first full week of month will continue to be provided to current customers on the normal schedule.
In addition, the City Compost Facility will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays until further notice.
The compost facility can receive limbs (no longer than 4 foot lengths and 2 inches in diameter) at no cost. All contaminated loads (paper, rocks, bricks and trash) will be rejected. Larger vegetated debris can be taken to the City Transfer Station.
For more information, call the Action Center at 366-5396 or the City Public Works Department at 366-5452.
Additional information can be found at normanok.
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