Residents Stuck With Toppled Trees Following Kent Co. Tornado

KENTWOOD, Mich. (July 8, 2014) — If you asked Mitch Ware two days ago, he would have described his neighborhood as a “tree wonderland,” but today that description is reflected in a much different way.

“My two sons, Tim and Scott, cut up a 60 foot maple tree. It took us the good part of a day,” said Ware.

They managed to put the brush in a very neat pile, but Ware says it has to go.

“The tree services are pretty well booked up,” he said.

Yesterday Mitch was excited when he heard the city was lending a helping hand.

“Someone from the city came through the community looking at structural damage and what not and I asked her if the city was going to help us with the removal of the debris and she said yes,” he said.

That glimpse of hope died when a quick call to the public works director said the city was not going to pick up the pile at the end of his driveway.

“The mayor, the commissioner, along with the city staff made accommodations with Kellogg Woods Park, and we could drop it over there or we could hire somebody at our own expense to chip it up and haul it off.”

Ware is already on a long waiting list for a service to come take care of his mess, but hauling it to the park is not an easy task and requires a large truck.

“I would like to think that the city could haul all this of because there really isn’t that much compared to other catastrophes in other states.”

If you see the city picking up brush in a neighborhood don’t be deceived, they are only cleaning up trees that land on a public sidewalk.

For now Ware is sticking with a service to come get his brush, but it’ll cost him.

“It’s kind of like buying roses on Valentine’s Day or buying them in January. Today it’s very expensive, next week not so much. I know it’s all negotiable so we will just see how well I use my negotiating skills.”

Until then he’ll have to deal with this new “tree wonderland” at the end of his driveway.

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