Bulletin Staff Report

With heavy rains forecast throughout the Memorial Day weekend, officials at the City of Brownwood landfill are discouraging visits due to soggy roads.

“Driving conditions in the landfill have deteriorated to the point of being unsafe,” Tim Airheart, assistant director of public works, said Friday. “The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rain through Tuesday of next week. As a result, the landfill is closed to pickups and light trucks. Please do not visit the landfill for the next four or five days, if possible.”

Airheart said for people who have no alternative a large dumpster is now provided near a paved road inside the landfill property.

The citizens collection center inside the recycling center is open to receive residential recyclables only.

Airheart suggested calling the landfill office at 646-6574 before making a trip to determine the conditions.

Meanwhile, the City of Brownwood Sanitation Department continues to collect tree limb debris generated by the May 2 storm. So far, the department has processed more than 1,500 requests, Airheart said.

Anyone whose limbs have not been collected is asked to contact the city at 646-6043 for free pickup. The department asks that limbs be cut into lengths no greater than 5 feet long, and be placed at the front of the property near the curb, but not in the street, near mailboxes, trees, cars and overhead power lines.

This service is for tree limbs only.