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Amherst continuing to clean storm debris

AMHERST - Nearly three months after March's ice storm caused considerable tree damage, town crews are still trying to catch up.

"On some streets, the branches and brush is dropped off at the curb almost as fast as we pick it up," Amherst's transportation and public works director Ben Pitman said.

"I know we've been up Spring Street at least five times, but more keeps turning up."

Still, Pitman told town council's May meeting last night that crews will wrap up collection activities this week so they can start working on other projects.

As well, the dump site on Motor Avenue will remain open periodically for residents to drop off branches and brush they have collected from their properties. Failing that, residents can take brush to the land fill at Little Forks

Pitman said two sets of crews are presently making the rounds with one group using a chipper and dump truck and another using a backhoe and dump truck.

In a report to council, community and economic development director Roger MacIsaac said cleaning up the parks is taking twice as long as normal.

"The parks cleanup has been a challenge this year with debris from the ice storm and many trees damaged or destroyed," MacIsaac said.

The town is bringing in a large drum chipper in early June to chip the material stored at the Motor Avenue site.

One thing causing concern in council and the department is the amount of spring cleanup waste people are continuing to bring to the curb.

Town planner Jason MacDonald said the special collection is over and people will be asked to remove items such as old televisions from the curb or risk a visit from officials about unsightly premises.

"They will get a knock on the door ordering them to pick it up," MacDonald told council.

Geographic location: Amherst, Motor Avenue, Little Forks

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