City crews working to clean up storm debris

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 12/23/2013 6:26 pm Published: 12/23/2013 5:50 pm

Tulsa City has been cleaning up some of the storm debris, but homeowners may not be getting as much help as they expected. The city will clean up limbs blocking roads, but residents will have to haul away the limbs in their own yards.

"We're clearing the streets; trying to make them passable," said Tulsa City Maintenance official Leon Kragel.

For everything else, Tulsans will have to drive to the Green Waste facility in north Tulsa. The reason is the overtime budgets for city crews. The city only has about $130,000 budgeted for overtime pay for the crews. They've spent almost $75,000 of that clearing debris after the windstorm during the summer. Then, the city spent more than $40,000 on the snowstorm a few weeks ago.

The total for treating streets during the current ice storm is $30,000. It means the city has already gone over the budget for the year. However, the state did give the city back $100,000 after the summer windstorm for street maintenance costs. The city was able use some of that during this storm.

The city says it comes down to priorities, at this point. They have to choose between picking up the debris from the ice storm or having enough money to treat roads in future winter storms.

"I would hope so, that they want to be able to move around town easily and that they can take care of their green waste themselves," said Kragel.

The city will pick up bags of green waste with regularly scheduled green waste pickups and bundles of tree limbs, as long as they're cut to 4 feet long and bundled no more than 2 feet wide.

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