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Posted on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 4 p.m.

Tree branch pickup: Ann Arbor crews to make first pass through city starting Wednesday

By Ryan J. Stanton

Ann Arbor officials have released more information about the planned pickup of downed branches following last week's snow storm that tore limbs from trees throughout the city.

The city will provide curbside collection of woody debris from all neighborhoods, starting on Wednesday and working around the city on a two-week schedule.


Broken tree limbs are placed in the lawn extension in front of a home on Hoover Street, along with what appears to be a Christmas tree.

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Craig Hupy, the city's public services administrator, said city crews will be starting in the Burns Park neighborhood and then moving to Arbor Hills. He said those are two of the areas hit the hardest by the storm, but downed limbs are being reported across the city.

"Starting Wednesday, they will start going through the street with chippers and picking up any of the woody debris that has been brought out to the lawn extensions," he said.

A second pass is intended to be offered starting March 20 and ending March 29. The seasonal weekly compost pickup resumes after that.

"They would prefer for these first two passes that if you can bring out the branches intact, it's easier for them to handle with chippers — you don't have to cut it up or bundle it," Hupy said.

After normal yard waste pickup resumes in April, Hupy said, the city will be asking residents to cut up any remaining debris and putting it out either in their compost containers or bundled, because the city will be doing the pickup using different equipment at that point.

Ryan J. Stanton covers government and politics for Reach him at or 734-623-2529. You also can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to's email newsletters.



Wed, Mar 20, 2013 : 12:18 a.m.

The 20th is tomorrow and they still haven't come to the South East Ann Arbor area (near Packard and Platt) for the first pass! I've had branches piled up there all month, how much longer will it be?


Mon, Mar 11, 2013 : 1:57 p.m.

It wouldn't hurt to RESTATE that you are NOT to put limbs and branches in the street BLOCKING the bike lane. I've seen at least 3 people that have done this while driving around in the past week. They lazily piled the branches on the extension, so that they spilled into the street...then they were careful enough to make sure the branches in the street didn't poke out of the bike lane into the car lane. In one case it was beyond obvious they had piled them into the bike lane...


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 10:34 p.m.

Does anyone know of a map or plan designating the dates each neighborhood will be serviced? (branches left on extensions will be chipped)


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 4:52 p.m.

Re Xmas trees: Does the City have an official policy on this? Can you look into it, and let us know? It seems it would cost the City a minimal extra amount to give the official green light to putting out those trees that haven't already been dealt with. I've been planning to lop mine up and load it in after the first pickup has emptied my cart, but tossing it into the chipper would sure be easier.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 3:44 p.m.

Ryan (or anyone) - Do you know if we should still report downed limbs through the Citizen Request System if we're in these neighborhoods, or will just putting branches out on the lawn extensions suffice?


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 2:52 a.m.

I think that if the downed limbs are blocking sidewalk or street, or if they are hanging and not completely dropped, they want to know about that as soon as possible and you should put in a request. A crew came through my neighborhood earlier this week and just removed branches blocking sidewalks. If the downed branches are not obstructing anything and you can move them to the curb then no need to call it in. Just my opinion.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 1:48 p.m.

What about broken tree branches still attached to the tree hanging over the road? I noticed a big one on Newport- concerned about students who walk or cars driving by having it fall on them. Whose responsibility is that- the homeowner to the city?


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 2:48 a.m.

The city is responsible for maintaining trees growing in the right-of-way, which in most neighborhoods means between the sidewalk and the road. Regardless of where the tree is growing though, if a limb is dangling over a road, the city will deal with it. Call the Forestry unit to tell them where it is: 734-794-6364 Or use the Citizen Request System web form. One of the choices is "Street Tree Maintenance or Removal". I think I'd call them though, this sounds like something they would want to get to right away.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 1:47 p.m.

It would be nice if Pittsfield did the same thing.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 12:25 p.m.

Props to city officials for their response on this matter. Well done.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 12:13 p.m.

As a single female homeowner without a chainsaw, I really appreciate this service. It would be helpful, in fact, if at least once a year the city would do this anyway.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 5:53 a.m.

How can anyone who pays taxes in this town possibly take advantage of the city?


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 11:40 a.m.

Maybe if the citizens would start taking care of their own yards, i.e. leaves, etc. the taxes would not be so high.


Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 10:27 p.m.

What is the city going to do if people are taking advantage of this opportunity to cut down shrubs and trees in their backyards that were not effected by the heavy snow? Will they pick everything up? or tag it? It looks to me like some people are using this as a yard clean-up opportunity.

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Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 3:30 a.m.

Man, that's a great idea! Might be a few christmas trees out there too!

Joe Hood

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 3:06 a.m.

I thought about tossing my Christmas tree into my piles but didn't.

Ann Dwyer

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 2:02 a.m.

Do you mean the Christmas tree in the photo? I had tree guys hired by Dexter offer to get rid of my tree. All it takes is them throwing it in the chipper. Chopping huge limbs? Well, that might be left to the professionals anyway.


Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 10:47 p.m.

What's the difference ? The city picks up yard waste weekly after April anyhow.


Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 9:25 p.m.

Any word from Ypsi and the surrounding townships to do the same?

ypsi 1

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 12:51 a.m.

Ypsi was done by yesterday. Ypsi DPW is tops!

Ryan J. Stanton

Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 10:16 p.m.

We had a couple stories last week on the Ypsi and Ypsi Township pickups