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Curbside pickup delayed following breakdown of both city brush trucks

Published 5:56pm Monday, September 9, 2013

Citizens who historically have piled their brush curbside within city limits may have noticed a lack of pickup service in the past couple of weeks, but City Engineer Gerard Brewer said he assures citizens the city has not discontinued the brush pickup service.
“Our routine brush pickup has been behind because both vehicles were down at one time,” Brewer said. “There was really nothing we could do.”
Brewer said the city normally maintains “predictive routes” in which people have an idea of the days in the month on which brush will be picked up.
But after both of the city’s brush trucks experienced malfunctions, all the city could do was get the trucks repaired as quickly as possible – which put both trucks out of commission for close to two weeks, Brewer said.
“One truck had some hydraulic issues with it, and we’re working on that one in-house. The parts came in yesterday, and we may be working a little overtime this weekend to get that thing running Monday at all costs,” Brewer said. “One had to go to Anniston and be repaired, and we picked it up Thursday afternoon.”
Brewer said he hopes to have the brush schedule back on track in about two weeks.
“I’d like to ask everyone to just be patient,” Brewer said. “We’re so far behind that we’ll be playing catch-up for the next couple of weeks.”
Brewer said this is a unique situation and the first time since he began working for the city that both trucks were down at the same time.
“We hate it, and we understand the pain (the citizens) are going through – it’s just one of those things, and we’ll get through this hump in the next week or two,” Brewer said.
Until the brush trucks are back on schedule, Brewer said anyone is free to take the brush to the city landfill free of charge.
“If anybody’s got a special-case situation, feel free to give us a call,” Brewer said. “If, say, next Friday you’re having a special event or a big party or something, we’ll try to work with you if we possibly can.”
Public Works can be contacted at 256-409-2020.