Free limb, brush disposal next weekend at G.R. White

In an attempt to meet the growing need to rid Brady of an increasing number of brush and limb piles, next Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4, the City of Brady will set up a free brush and limb chipping site at the G. Rollie White Complex. The two-day drop-off will be monitored by city employees and only brush and limbs will be accepted at the temporary drop-off site on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to Mayor James Stewart, the city will position all of its chipping resources at the complex including one, possibly two, borrowed chippers for limbs less than four inches in diameter. A tub grinder designed to handle limbs larger than four inches in diameter will also be moved to the site. The grinder is a recent acquisition by the city that is designed to help reduce the volume of wood material dumped at the landfill. According to City Manager Merle Taylor, the grinder is designed to handle dry limbs and any larger stock up to trees as large as 15 inches in diameter. The two-day effort is being done at the G. Rollie White Complex to expedite the drop-off times and the site will not be as affected as the landfill would if inclement and wet weather occur. Loads that are dropped off should be separated into dry and green (or freshly cut). Dry brush and limbs that have been sitting in an alley or backyard for several weeks, months or even years, dulls the chipping blades in the smaller chippers. One of the chippers on loan from the county will be specifically designated for green limbs that are prime candidates for making mulch that will be used at Brady’s Richards Park to replenish playground mulch. “The chipper on loan from the county is considerably newer than the city-owned chipper and should provide a great source of wood chips that hopefully can be used to replenish some areas at the park that are in desperate need of it,” said Stewart. Organized teams to work throughout the community have not yet been activated, so at this time, according to Stewart, this will be a complete individual effort by the entire community. A list of persons who requested assistance for the last scheduled cleanup will be addressed, but no new names will be added to that list. “I would like to challenge the community to take a couple of hours and pick up the areas around their homes and get the brush and limbs cleaned up,” said Stewart. “This is a perfect opportunity to get it taken care of in a quick and easy manner. By doing this at the G. Rollie White Complex, there will not be any wait associated with weighing each vehicle two times and the entire drop-off can be done in a matter of minutes.” Crews will be on hand to chip the material, but loads must be unloaded by the persons who bring them. Presorting the load before arrival at the drop-off into dry and green and small and large limbs will expedite the chipping process for the crews. Stewart also stated that this effort should help get the community back in the frame of mind thinking about cleaning up the town after a lull in activity during the summer. Volunteers who would like to offer their time, efforts or resources should contact city hall and add their name to a volunteer list. Anyone with trucks and/or trailers that can be used during the effort can also call and add their name to the list. “I would like to challenge the cleanup teams that took part in the first cleanup effort back in April to take it upon themselves to organize a team to troll through neighborhoods looking for opportunities for a couple of hours,” said Stewart. “This is not going to be a formally organized effort, so it will challenge the community to step up and contribute toward the success of the event. “Just look around as you drive anywhere in Brady. There are brush piles just about everywhere. Let’s see how much we can get cleaned up in these two days,” said Stewart.

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