The storm cleanup begins Monday, October 14th and is scheduled to last six weeks. While the City will be going through neighborhoods to pick up the storm debris, citizens are encouraged to transport their storm debris to one of nine drop-off sites [PDF]. If you do transport your storm debris to a drop-off site, please do your best to cover the debris to keep leaves and other materials from blowing out of your truck and/or trailer.
The City of Gillette's Public Works crews are working hard to clean up the storm debris all over town, and they will get to your neighborhood. Here are some things you can do to help them help you:
Please move your storm debris (trees/tree limbs/branches) as close as you can to the curb without placing your debris in the street and blocking the sidewalk and stormdrains. (This isn't possible in all neighborhoods, but do your best.)
Please do not attempt to dislodge branches from overhead wires. Please call (307) 686-5262 to report trees or tree branches hanging in powerlines.
Please do not mix trash or other materials in with the storm debris. All storm debris will be moved and/or chipped to be used for compost. If the debris is mixed with trash it is no good for compost.
Please do not place any materials in the alley. Placing debris in the alleys will hinder solid waste and other utility operations in the alleys. Please move all debris from the alley to the curbline in front of your house. This may be difficult in some instances, but it needs to be done.
Please understand that this schedule may be altered due to additional weather events. If it snows, the cleanup crews will have to plow snow, and debris cleanup operations will temporarily be halted. If that happens, the City will release a revised schedule.
If you hire a contractor to trim your trees and/or remove your storm debris, please make sure they are a licensed contractor. Contractors trimming trees should have a Class C - Tree Trimming license.
Please be patient. It's very rare for this much snow to fall at this time of year (or any time of year) and a tremendous amount of trees and branches have fallen/broken. Public Works will get to your neighborhood and remove your debris, but it may take some time.
The quickest way to deal with storm debris is to transport any debris to one of the nine drop-off sites.
Cleanup Details and Schedule
The City of Gillette will only be picking up storm debris inside City Limits. If you live outside of City Limits and have storm debris, you may transport your storm debris to a drop-off site. (There is no charge for dropping off storm debris at a drop-off site.)
Storm Debris Cleanup map [PDF]
Area 1 (October 14th - 18th): Area 1 includes the subdivisions north of Interstate 90 and south of 2nd Street.
Area 2 (October 21st - 25th): Area 2 includes the subdivisions south of Interstate 90 and north of Southern Drive between 4J Road and South Douglas Highway.
Area 3 (October 28th - November 1st): Area 3 includes the subdivisions in City Limits south of Interstate 90 and between Skyline Drive and 4J Road.
Area 4 (November 4th - 8th): Area 4 includes the subdivisions in City Limits west of Skyline Drive and West of Highway 14/16.
Area 5 (November 11th - 15th): Area 5 includes the subdivisions in City Limits north of Interstate 90 and north and east of 2nd Street/Highway 14/16.
Area 6 (November 18th - 22nd): Area 6 includes the subdivisions south of Interstate 90 and east of South Douglas Highway.
The City of Gillette's Public Works Department acknowledges that some residents may face extenuating circumstances with their storm debris, please contact Public Works at (307) 686-5320 if you have any questions.
Drop-off Site Information
Eight of the nine drop-off sites [PDF] are located in City Park parking lots and will be open 24/7. If you transport debris to a drop-off site, please follow these guidelines:
Please cover your load to keep leaves and other storm debris from falling out of your truck/trailer.
Please drop your storm debris in the areas marked by cones.
Only use the drop-sites for storm debris, do not dump trash, yard waste or any other materials at the drop sites.
And for those of you who care about trees, City Arborist, Janie Kuntz would like to draw your attention to a potential threat to local trees:
Destructive Tree Pest Detected in Colorado
The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect, responsible for the death or decline of tens of millions of ash trees in 21 states has been detected in Colorado for the first time.
A suspect tree was spotted in Boulder County on September 23rd by City of Boulder Forestry staff. Insect specimens from the ash tree were collected and sent to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Systematic Entomology Laboratory where the identity of the insects was confirmed.
Read the full press release from the Colorado Department of Agriculture here [PDF]
Additional information on the Emerald Ash Borer [PDF]