City officials say debris pick up will done Wednesday

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Updated: 9/25/2013 2:52 pm Published: 9/23/2013 3:55 pm

The city of Tulsa says debris pick up will be done on Wednesday.

Many neighbors are upset that it's taking so long to get their yards back to normal.

But the city of Tulsa says they're blowing through their budget to get it done as quickly as possible, thousands of dollars already.

This street located just off of Yale has debris piled up on both sides and neighbors told FOX23 they are sick of looking at it.

"It's really aggravating and I mean it's an eyesore, we don't like that stuff sitting out there," said Michelle Howell, a neighbor.

She said she works hard to try to make her home look nice right off the busy street. But before drivers notice her flowers, they see a heap of debris on the corner.

So three weeks ago, she called the city.

"They said it would be that week that they came and picked it up. It's been sitting there ever since," she said.

She told us this pile of debris is not only a sight for sore eyes, but that it's also starting to collect litter.

"If somebody threw a cigarette out in there or something like that, that could catch on fire I think I mean it's all dead, it's all dry," she said.

FOX23 went to the city to get answers.

"I think there are about 185 zones in the city and we're going (to) have them down to two by the end of the day," said Dan Crossland with the city of Tulsa.

He showed FOX23 a figure of how much the city was spending, a total of $132,000 to speed up the cleanup. Almost half of that was spent on paying workers overtime, money that's normally allotted for winter snow and ice removal.
“We worked that first week, the first 10 days or so with no overtime and that didn't move along too quickly. Once we hit the 6-10, six days a week, 10 hours a day we've been moving close to on that schedule,” he said.

"We're going to be through definitely by the end of the week," he said. City officials now said clean up could be done on Wednesday.

The city emphasized this is not a service they are required to provide, but are just trying to help people who otherwise wouldn't have a way to get rid of the debris themselves.

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trex40 - 9/23/2013 6:50 PM
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I love how people complain about a free service. Mine just got picked up Friday and I had half a tree come down. Lighten up, again its a free service.

bowlerdave - 9/23/2013 4:10 PM
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Guess they're doing my house last.
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