You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 5:06 p.m.

Numerous reports of fallen tree limbs spur Ypsilanti to have special brush pickup

By Katrease Stafford

The city of Ypsilanti will have a special brush pickup Friday and Saturday, after receiving several calls from residents regarding fallen tree branches caused by the winter storm.


A tall tree appears to lean from the weight of the snow on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.

Melanie Maxwell I

The Department of Public Services will begin the pick-up on Friday, March 1 and continue on Saturday, March 2 if necessary.

DPS Director Stan Kirton said the decision was made Wednesday to pick up fallen branches, after the city received numerous calls from residents. The city had five trucks out during and after the storm, salting the roads.

"The Normal Park and College Heights neighborhoods got hit pretty hard," Kirton said. "They're the most heavily-treed area in the city. We started receiving calls right away and we want to accommodate residents as much as possible."

The total number of fallen trees or limbs was not available.

The city is asking residents to have all large branches placed at the curb for pickup. Smaller branches should be placed in yard-waste bags or trash containers 32 gallons or smaller, marked as "compost" or "yard waste." Containers should not weigh more than 50 pounds.

Calls to Ypsilanti Township regarding whether it plans to do a special pickup were not immediately returned.

The storm knocked out power for 26,000 DTE Energy customers across Washtenaw County and caused numerous downed tree branches.

Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for her at or 734-623-2548 and follow her on twitter.



Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 12:27 a.m.

Funny how Ypsi seems to be better at this than Ann Arbor, yet my property taxes are sky high…


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 12:47 a.m.

Ypsi is awesome.


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : midnight

I called Ypsi Township this afternoon and they didn't have plans for a special pickup. Told me to call the County road commission (because my big fallen limb is in the easement area). I hope they change their minds.


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 1:56 p.m.

LOL. I hadn't even noticed. You're probably right. The township is usually quite responsive in my experience, so hopefully they'll change course on this.


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 12:27 p.m.

Thanks for following up with the Township! I'm assuming the downvotes are due to Ypsi Township being jerks, as opposed to you following up.