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Cutoff dates set for Jefferson City tornado debris pickup, drop-off site

Cutoff dates set for Jefferson City tornado debris pickup, drop-off site

June 5th, 2019 by News Tribune in Local News

Kris Wilson/News Tribune Gaines Landscaping & Lawn Care employee Hunter Thurman carries a tree limb to the Wilson Tree Service wood chipper as the two companies work together to clear a large tree that had fallen between four residential and office buildings in the 200 block of Marshall Street during tornado cleanup efforts in the historic Capitol Avenue district on Saturday afternoon. Gaines Landscaping & Lawn Care owner Sam Gaines operates the track lift in the background as he clears out some of the larger debris.

Jefferson City has set a cutoff date of June 16 for tornado debris pickup.

The city's Department of Public Works announced in a news release Wednesday that residents and property owners are asked to remove any remaining wind-blown debris from the May 22 tornado and pile it at the curb no later than June 16.

Beginning June 17, Public Works staff will make final passes through affected areas for debris collection.

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The city has specific instructions for residents and property owners to follow in order to expedite debris removal:

Debris should be stacked parallel to and placed within 10 feet of the curb, but not in the street; debris should not block a roadway. The city will collect debris from residential properties at no cost if the debris is stacked within the appropriate distance from the curb on a public street.

Do not place debris near trees, utility poles, fire hydrants or mail boxes, as this will slow the removal process down.

Debris must be separated into two piles: vegetative debris in one, with material in it being cut down to no more than 8 feet in length; and storm-blown building debris in the other pile — lumber, roofing, drywall, flooring, insulation, siding, bricks, and other building materials and furnishings.

Material that should not be placed at curbs includes appliances, electronics, household garbage, hazardous waste, clothes and other household contents. Handle such waste — which is the responsibility of property owners — through recycling, regular trash disposal or approved hazardous waste disposal.

It is also the responsibility of property owners to dispose of materials from demolition or reconstruction. Do not remove debris or building materials from damaged buildings and place it at the curb. Also, do not place any kind of reconstruction materials at the curb.

City residents from the tornado zone will continue to be able to drop off vegetative debris at 2619 N. Shamrock Road, Jefferson City, 65101, until June 30. The site is open between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Vegetative debris consists of tree limbs, branches, logs, stumps, root balls, leaves, bushes and other plant material.

People with questions can call the Department of Public Works at 573-634-6410.

Cole County also has a deadline of June 16 for county residents and property owners to have tornado debris ready for removal along county-maintained roads.