City mulch pile to carry on with same debris service

City residents won’t notice a difference in the city mulch pile operation following a February decision by the Lycoming County Resource Management Services to end the provision of its tub grinder to municipalities starting in June.

The reason they won’t notice any change is because city public works department officials are negotiating a deal with the Wayne Township landfill in Clinton County.

“They have two tub grinders and one can be available to us within a week of a call,” said Adam Winder, general manager of the city public works department.

The tub grinders pulverize wood products such as branches collected or dropped off turning them into mulch, he said.

Before the county tub grinder is no longer available for commercial use by municipalities, the city recycling facility on the 1500 block of West Third Street will continue to accept branches and yard waste, Winder said.

“We only take it from city residents,” he said.

The recent bout of wind gusting over 30 miles per hour over the weekend brought down tree branches and limbs throughout the city.

A tree was knocked down on Ravine Road and cleared away by city crews, Winder said.

Starting Monday, the crews began to trim low-hanging branches on city streets. The work should continue for several weeks, Winder said.

The crew typically begins its citywide sweep on curbs looking for loose piles of yard waste in mid-April, coinciding with Earth Day, he said.

Those specific dates will be made available to the Sun-Gazette in a forthcoming story.