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City collection site is busy; North Hudson will provide curbside pickup

A trailer load of branches is dropped off at the city's collection site last Friday, adding to the growing pile of tree debris. The plan is to run the branches through a wood chipper after the collection site closes on July 14.1 / 3
David O'Connell, left, and Tony Caruso have gone into business hauling tree debris from city residents' yards to the drop-off site off O'Neil Road in St. Croix Business Park. Tony's twin brother Nick is also a partner in the enterprise. The city has said it won't pick up debris from trees unless the trees stood in street boulevards. The Caruso brothers and O'Connell can be contacted at (715) 781-7694. There is a charge for their services. Photos by Randy Hanson.2 / 3
The access to the tree drop off site is from O'Neil Road in St. Croix Business Park. The site is open to Hudson residents only, and proof of residency is required. The hours are 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily through July 14.3 / 3

The site the city of Hudson set up to collect tree debris from the June 21 windstorms is proving to be popular, judging from the expanding piles of cut-up trees and branches.

City Public Works Director Tom Zeuli said the site is running well, with few instances of nonresidents trying to use it or people dumping any items other than tree debris.

The free site is open from 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily through July 14.

"Please do not put any items in any type of bag or container," an announcement about the collection site on the city's website says. "The debris will eventually be chipped, so there cannot be any other material other than tree debris deposited at the site."

City residents are responsible for bringing the branches and trees from their yards to the site or hiring someone to do it.

Zeuli said members of Faith Community Church spent Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week hauling debris for homeowners.

The city's Public Works crew has been removing street boulevard trees that fell in the storms, Zeuli said.

The crew worked last Saturday and Sunday, and has most of the boulevard trees removed, he said. The removal of dangerous tree limbs is ongoing.

North Hudson

Meanwhile, the village of North Hudson has announced on its website that it will pick up trees and branches that came down in the June 21 storms.

The collection was scheduled to begin a 6 a.m. Monday, July 1, with the village crew and St. Croix Tree Service doing the pickup.

"All limbs placed curbside must be the result of this storm and not items collected on your property prior to the storm, as those items will not be picked up."

The village website says only tree limbs and no bushes, shrubs or loose leaves will be picked up.

The pickup crews will visit each neighborhood just once, according to the website.

Town of Hudson

The town of Hudson announced on its website that it is busy cleaning and repairing roads and shoulders.

"We are sorry but we do not have the resources to pick up any branches or trees that fell on residents' property," the website says. "Please be aware that you can burn in the town of Hudson, but you must get a permit by calling (715) 386-4701 prior to burning."

The websites for the towns of St. Joseph and Troy don't address the cleanup from the June 21 storms.

Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
(715) 426-1066
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