THE CITY OF CLEARWATER is no longer accepting brush near the maintenance building on Co. Rd. 75. The maintenance crew is picking up brush the first Wednesday of each month with curbside pick-up. The site will be used for installation of a solar energy system. Residents can still drop off leaves and grass cuttings at the compost site behind the maintenance.

Council addresses brush drop off concerns

Staff Writer
Ken Francis
Last month, the City of Clearwater closed its brush dropoff site near the maintenance building on Co. Rd. 75.
The site had been an issue in recent years because whenever the city burned the brush, smoke from the pile was traveling across the road into neighbors’ homes.
Maintenance Supervisor John Schmidt said the smoke was also affecting the paint on the water tower. And although the pile was for residents only, businesses and non-residents were also using it.
The city council agreed to have the maintenance crew pick up brush along with other leaves and grass clippings when the crew made their regular curbside pick-up rounds on the first Wednesday of each month. The crew is using a chipper to ground down the branches.
Last week, Anne Houle of the Clearwater Estates Homeowners Association approached the council about how its residents would be able to get rid of brush. 
She said Estates residents used to use the dropoff site before it closed. But since the city does not have curbside pick-up service at the Estates, they had no means of disposing of their brush.
“My first understanding was it would include Clearwater Estates,” she said. “But people called city hall and were told there would be no pick-up in Clearwater Estates.”
Houle said she heard Estates residents had to drag their brush to Main Street, where it would be picked up by the maintenance crew.
“...which is not what anybody else in the city is doing,” she said.
Mayor Pete Edmonson said there was never any discussion by the council or staff about bringing brush to Main Street for pick-up. But he said the city could not do regular curbside pick-up at all the homes in the Estates.
Houle asked whether having Estates residents pile their brush in one spot would be an acceptable alternative. 
Houle said there is a  place on a cul de sac where there used to be dumpsters for garbage. It is no longer being used. The road is paved and there are no homes there.
  “The city would only have to make one stop,” said Houle.
Maintenance Supervisor Schmidt said that could work.
“As far as one central location, I have no problem with that,” he said.
The council agreed to have brush pick-up at that site.


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