We thank you for your patience and all the effort everyone is putting into cleaning up after the recent wind storm. Many of you were wondering about what may have appeared to be a random clean up by the Road Commission. The Kalamazoo County Road Commission owns the road right of way (33’ from centerline for a total width of 66’) on roads in platted areas and is responsible for the tree related debris from the right of way trees, therefore they will not be picking up debris that comes from other parts of your yard. Evidence would be trees that have obviously lost limbs recently and stumps in the right of way. Fortunately, this week has provided some rain-days for the road commission, so they were able to start the cleanup work in the Westwood neighborhood. They have not committed to a completion date.
After the road commission completes cleaning up the trees and debris, we will be able to assess the need for and obtain estimates for the remaining clean-up. In addition many people have home owners insurance that will be covering their cost of cutting and removing trees so we have to allow time for that process. We will then look at our budget to see if/where we might be able to access the funds to perform the clean-up. We don’t want to commit Township Funds (your tax money) until the road commission and insurance companies complete their responsibilities.
Once work by the road commission has been established the Township Board will have to make a decision as to whether it is appropriate to use your tax money to do additional clean up. Unfortunately this will probably not occur prior to the September 22 board meeting and the clean-up will not take place until we have been assured that the Road Commission has finished picking up what they are responsible for.
In the meantime, if you are able, please clear sidewalks and drains and neatly stack what you can between the sidewalk and the roadway. If you are capable of doing clean-up or are able to help a neighbor please know that your efforts are greatly appreciated. Please continue to check our web site for any updates.
To read the most current Storm Damage Update from the Kalamazoo County Road Commission, Click Here.