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January 15, 2014

Brushed aside?

Busy with potholes, plowing and line breaks, public works falls behind on needed brush pickup

STAFF REPORTS
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It’s going to take some time, but city workers are coming around for brush pickup.

Norman D. Allen, city director of engineering and public works, said three city crews were picking up brush Tuesday, while three other crews filled potholes and another three tended to a water line break on Garden Street.

Adding in plowing and salting as needed, workers in the city’s water, sewer, parks and highways departments are spread thin, Allen said. Workers also had to take care of five water main line breaks and a collapsed sewer line over the past couple of weeks.

“It’s going to take us awhile to get to (brush pickup),” Allen said.

A number of trees and branches came down across the city during the Dec. 22 ice storm. Houses and vehicles were hit by branches, power lines came down and thousands of city residents were without power for some time. Fortunately, excessive damage and injuries were avoided, city officials said.

Three weeks after the storm, a number of streets are still lined with piles of brush and, now, discarded Christmas trees. Allen said workers will pick up the debris as time and the weather permit.

Residents can put out their brush now, but they shouldn’t block the sidewalks, Allen said. Workers will go onto private property to a point to retrieve branches.

Any questions can be directed to Allen’s office, which can be reached by phone at 439-6750.