GSI to Provide Tree-Waste Collection Service Until June 17 to Both GSI Customers & Non-Customers

In response to the recent spring snow storm, Gallegos Sanitation Inc. will provide tree-waste collection service until June 17 to residents who are and are not regular GSI customers. Debris will be taken to the Larimer County Landfill to be processed into mulch.

We’re asking customers to take a photo and email it to dispatch@gsiwaste.com so that we can properly quote out a price for the collection.
Call 970-484-6574  to contact dispatch and coordinate collection.

  • No trash or non-organic material
  • Limbs between 18” and 42” in diameter must be less than 4’ in length

  • No trunks over 42” will be accepted

  • Payment will be collected from residents at the time of scheduling the collection

City drop-off sites will be open until June 4. The two drop-off sites are located at the City Streets Facility, 625 Ninth Street, and the Hoffman Mill, 1300 Hoffman Mill Road. The City Streets Facility site is open 24-7; the Hoffman Mill site is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Fort Collins will weigh how to respond to storm damage

Source: The Coloradoan

The lines of pickup trucks and trailers are gone, but tree limbs are still piling up at the city’s Crushing Operations Facility along Hoffman Mill Road.

The same is true at the City Streets Facility, 625 Ninth St. Both sites are accepting branches brought down by last week’s heavy, wet snow. Residents may bring storm damage to both sites through June 4.

City officials found themselves in a tough spot a week ago when deciding how to respond to the storm damage. It was bad in some parts of town, but the damage was not as bad as in previous events.

The damage around neighborhoods, parks and streets was about 50 percent of what the city experienced from a storm in 2011, said Mike Calhoon, director of parks. After that storm, city crews and contractors were dispatched to pick up damage inflicted on city-owned trees, as well as privately-owned trees.

That cleanup effort cost $1.3 million. With that expense in mind, city officials decided to set up drop-off sites this time around rather than do a wholesale pickup program again.

And that didn’t make everybody happy. While it was nice for residents to have a place to drop-off debris, some folks complained that they were not physically able to deal with the damage. Many people don’t have vehicles that are appropriate for hauling branches.

Therefore, the city should take care of them, some argued.

But should it? What is the city’s, or taxpayers’, obligation when these types of events occur?

Fort Collins officials are wondering the same thing. The city doesn’t have clear guidelines on how to respond to storm damage. Over the years, things have been handled on a case-by-case basis.

That might change after this storm. City Manager Darin Atteberry is already talking about a strategy and maybe a policy for storm response depending on the severity of events.

Residents and city officials should know what to expect when these things happen, Atteberry told City Council members on Tuesday.

“We need to be clearer about that,” he said. “We will be working on that on the off-season and be prepared for the next season.”

Between streets, parks and other public facilities, the city is responsible for about 50,000 trees, Atteberry said. It’s not responsible for every tree on private property.

The city is still in the process of cleaning up debris from trees it is responsible for, and the process could take a couple of months to complete, Calhoon said.

How much the city will spend cleaning up after this storm is not yet known, he. Much of the city’s work this week focused on getting streets and parks ready in advance of a busy holiday weekend.

In addition to using staff resources and equipment, the city will hire a contractor to grind dropped-off branches into mulch.

Calhoon said he expects a spike in drop-off activity at the Streets Facility this weekend as residents who have not had time to deal with yard damage get to work.

And he expects that next time a damaging storm comes along, officials and residents will have a better idea of how the city will respond.

Resources for branch cleanup

In addition to the two city drop-off sites, residents have options for dealing damaged trees, including many arborists in town.

They can also call 2-1-1 to possibly connect with volunteers and organizations that might lend a hand.

In response to this storm, Gallegos Sanitation Inc. will provide additional tree-waste collection service until June 17 to residents who are not regular GSI customers. Debris will be taken to the Larimer County Landfill to be processed into mulch, city officials said.

The service is available for a fee. Call 970-484-5556 or see gsiwaste.com for information.

City drop-off sites will be open until June 4. The two drop-off sites are located at the City Streets Facility, 625 Ninth Street, and the Hoffman Mill, 1300 Hoffman Mill Road. The City Streets Facility site is open 24-7; the Hoffman Mill site is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.