Commercial tree trimmers must take debris to landfill

Louise Oleson
The band “Shovelhead” was one of three that performed at the fundraiser for the Lake Region Search and Rescue on Saturday, Aug. 18 in downtown Devils Lake. Two other bands performed in Roosevelt Park for a different fundraiser at the same time.

It’s becoming a problem for city workers, managing ever-growing piles of tree limbs, trunks and branches dumped by commercial tree trimmers at the city’s recycling center off Second Street.

Following some discussion about how its been done in the past, the commission agreed, commercial tree trimmers are going to have to take branches and trees out to the city dump themselves rather than using the recycling center the city provides for city residents. That was the decision at Monday’s City Commission meeting.

For the time being those who mow lawns commercially may continue using the recycling site, but because of the sheer volume of debris, the City Commission decided that all commercial tree trimmers must take branches and debris directly to the city landfill.

Mayor Dick Johnson pointed out there is no charge for them to dump, but because the landfill isn’t open 24/7 they will need to be aware of the hours or make arrangements with the city when they need to bring debris.

The dump is located four miles north of Devils Lake on Highway 20 and is presently undergoing construction to expand its capacity.

At the outset of the meeting visitors Sarah Bergeron from Thirsty’s and Jason Pierce from the Lunacy Motorcycle Club stood to ask about the weekend’s conflicting events in the city. Bergeron said she had arranged the fundraiser street dance with the city back in May, when required to do so. She said in the past when she had wanted to schedule a similar event she was told by the city that another had been scheduled on the weekend she wanted and that she had to choose another date. Now she was asking how or when that had changed because they’d had the date set for months and nothing conflicted with it when they set it up.

Johnson explained that the two events were two separate things - because Bergeron’s event was a street dance, the city provided the permit for that, however the event in Roosevelt Park was a concert and it was under the Park Board’s jurisdiction, the city had no say in it except permitting the sale of alcohol.

He suggested that the bar owners work with each other to make sure there were no major conflicts like there had been this past weekend.