According to material prepared for this evening’s council study session, the cost of the limbs being dropped off by these companies is dwarfing the cost to take care of the limbs collected by the city during the year. More than two-thirds of the limbs ground to mulch recently were not the result of city limb pickups, costing the city nearly $15-thousand dollars to grind up materials that companies should have been paying to dispose of themselves. Much of the extra material is coming from out of town operators, according to city records. Options include charging commercial tree trimmers a flat annual fee for the ability to dump material legally.
Kirksville City leaders are looking at the city’s limb pile with growing concern. What started out as a service to residents is being over-used by commercial tree companies looking to avoid paying for disposing the trees they’ve been paid to remove.