In preparation for the new automated trash collection system scheduled to roll out April 1 in Augusta, city public works and utility crews will be focusing on tree pruning along public right-of-ways in the coming months.
With the shift from alley pickup to curbside trash collection, vertical clearance on Augusta's streets will be essential for effective operation of the new automated trash trucks according to city officials.
"Low hanging branches can not only damage the trucks as they drive down the street, but also prevent the robotic gripping arm from operating effectively to pick up customers' trash containers," said Assistant City Manager Josh Shaw.
By city ordinance, a clearance of 14 feet must be maintained over streets, alleys and public ways subject to truck traffic. While maintenance of adequate clearance over streets and alleys is generally the responsibility of abutting property owners, the amount of pruning required in a number of neighborhoods throughout the community has prompted a more coordinated and comprehensive response from city crews.
Tree pruning efforts will begin immediately and continue throughout the winter months. City crews will attempt to contact abutting property owners to notify them if a tree on their property is overhanging public right-of-way and requires pruning.
Door hangars will be utilized to notify property owners if crews are unable to make personal contact. For more information on the city's tree pruning efforts or the rollout of the new automated trash collection system, please visit the City's website at www.augustagov.org or contact City Hall at 316-775-4510.