Thursday, January 2, 2014 - for immediate release

Trails and woodlots remain closed until further notice for public safety — update

Due to the risk of falling tree limbs, residents are advised that town trails and woodlots will remain closed until further notice. Park cleanup is scheduled to begin in January after priority calls are completed. It is expected that the cleanup of all damaged trees will take several weeks to complete. Trails will reopen once they have been inspected and any broken or hanging limbs have been removed.

The Town of Oakville is also asking for residents help in locating any remaining damaged trees with broken branches overhanging roads and sidewalks. Residents are asked to email locations of damaged trees to or call ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 to assist forestry crews in identifying priority areas. Residents whose homes are adjacent to town woodlots or trails can also report any broken branches overhanging their private properties.

Bulk brush collection

The Town of Oakville and Halton Region will be providing enhanced bulk brush collection services for debris from private trees from January 6 to February 28, 2014. Residents may place bulk brush from with branches a maximum of 7.5 centimetres (3 inches) in diameter and 2 metres (6.5 feet) long out on their regular garbage collection day. Larger branches and storm debris can be brought to the Halton Waste Management Site until February 28, 2014, free of charge.

If residents are unable to transport their larger branches to the Halton Waste Management Site, town crews will be collecting it until March 31, 2014. Homeowners are asked to try and keep the maximum length of this brush to 2.4 metres (approximately 8 feet) and it should be piled separately from smaller brush. Brush should be piled on the boulevard area between the road and sidewalks. Please ensure roads and sidewalks are kept clear for traffic and winter operations.

Crews will pick up the brush as weather permits. Staff performing brush pickup is also responsible for winter road maintenance which will take priority over brush pick up.

Residents requiring the large bulk brush pick up should email with their address to assist in coordinating the collection. Please note that this service will be weather permitting as priority will be given to road clearing operations during winter storms.

Stormwater Ponds

Residents are reminded that stormwater management ponds are not meant for recreational use. Skating or walking on the ponds is prohibited. Community outdoor rinks are available throughout the town and public skating is available at indoor rinks.

Please note: the town is currently not maintaining outdoor rinks as all available crews are helping with the ice storm clean up.

Visit the public skating page for skating schedules and outdoor rinks page for outdoor rink locations.

Media contact:

Jane Courtemanche
Director of Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3038

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