Brush Pick-Up Informational Notice

To All Rome Residents:

It seems that there are a lot of questions about whether there will be brush pick-ups performed in the Town of Rome this year. There will be a pick up this year, but in the fall only. I will explain why.

For the past several years, the Town of Rome has been grant funded through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to perform “hazardous fuels mitigation projects” throughout the Town. This is the DNR’s way of saying “brush pick-ups”. Unfortunately this year, due to a big increase in applicants for this grant, the grant funding given to each community was substantially cut. In prior years, we were able to get up to $30,000 in grant funding, with the Town providing an in-kind match of the same amount. This year, we were capped at $10,000.

With this drastic cut in funding the Town felt that we would be more efficient by only performing one pick-up and that the fall would work best because the weather would tend to affect a fall clean-up less. In late June we’ll decide the fall clean-up areas. The areas of participation will be based on parcel counts in the individual areas. Letters will be going out to affected landowners right after Labor Day and the pick-up will be occurring in mid-October.

Several landowners have placed brush in the road right of ways in the Town. Please understand that these piles represent a hazard to the motoring public and therefore they must be removed. Your best alternative is to use the Town of Rome Transfer site. The site is free of charge for property owners and we do accept logs, brush, and stumps. The site is located at 1371 Apache Avenue and is open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 – 5 for your convenience.

We are requesting grant funding be increased for this program and hope we can offer more service in the future. Feel free to contact me with any Public Works questions you may have at 715-325-8017 or via email at public.works@romewi.com. Also be sure to Like Town of Rome on Facebook and sign up for email/SMS alerts on the Town website www.romewi.com.

Thank you.

Jon Sonnenberg
Superintendent of Highways and Public Works
Town of Rome