Bibb County residents can leave storm debris, including cut-up trees and limbs, by the curb and county officials will pick it up, County Commission Chairman Charlie Bishop said this morning.
He said it will take "a long time" for county employees to pick it all up -- probably weeks or longer -- but the service will be provided to those who can't dispose of debris themselves.
Bishop noted that some residents may be impatient, but the job will have to be done separately from garbage pickup, with different equipment. Rain expected Thusda will likely slow the process, he said. Some of the wood debris is likely to be chipped, but some of it will probably be placed in an inert landfill designated for wood and construction waste, he said.
Bishop, who held a news conference this morning outside the Fish 'n' Pig restaurant on Mosley Dixon Road, said Bibb County has made arrangements with "someone in the pulpwood business" to pick up the many fallen trees in nearby county parks on Lake Tobesofkee. The county will receive a small payment for the salvageable pulpwood, he said.
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County officials have estimated that 70 to 80 percent of the trees in the three parks will have to be cut down - for safety reasons - in the coming weeks.