The brush site on Hochmayr Drive in Chetek, open for brush from properties in the city of Chetek, town of Prairie Lake and town of Chetek, will be closed after Sunday, Aug. 18.
The townships and city met for a meeting on Tuesday, July 30, to set a date as people were asking about it. Chetek Public Works Director Dan Knapp said it would be at least two weeks before city crews had brush cleared from city curbsides.
The brush site—not the compost site off of CTH D—is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Only brush, logs and tree stumps are accepted; no building debris or trash.
Volunteers are needed to staff the brush site gate. They direct traffic, check loads for forbidden debris and check that the brush is coming from the local townships or the city.
Volunteer hours also help the local municipalities get disaster relief funding.
More volunteers are needed and they can sign up by going to the city website at www.cityofchetek-wi.gov or the Chetek Chamber of Commerce website at www.explorechetek.com, and clicking on the volunteer sign-up link.
The city will not pick up brush from the curbside after Aug. 18.
The brush is being mulched and the mulch will be hauled away eventually. Before it is removed, it will be available for residents to pick up after Aug. 18, by appointment. Mulch will have to be loaded and hauled by those that want to take it.
The townships of Chetek and Prairie Lake asked that residents not put brush in the ditches and right-of-ways of roads.
Township residents are responsible for hauling their own brush or hiring a contractor and it will not be picked up by township crews.
A reminder, property owners should not assume their insurance does not cover fallen trees that are not on structures.
Other municipal brush sites and hours can be found by going to www.barroncountywi.gov and clicking on the link “Barron County Storm Damage Information 2019.”