Community Image workers have been busy clearing and cleaning up lots of trees resulting in a rather large pile of wood chips at 710 Ramm Road.

Phil Stowell, CI Maintenance superintendent, said, “We have an overabundance (putting it lightly) of wood chips.

“ Although it has always been free for the taking, City Hall has asked it we could run a notice in the Progress letting folks know that they can come get as much as they care to shovel.”

Stowell said the mulch supply results from pruning and tree removal operations done by the city as well as sanitation chipping efforts.

The pile is accessible “24/7” and is located next to the electric substation on Ramm Rd. (by Atwoods).

“Folks are allowed to take as much as they want at no charge but they’ll have to load themselves,” Stowell said.

The city insurance will not allow city workers to load private vehicles or trailers.

Stowell suggests a shovel works, but a pitchfork works better.

This site is strictly for picking up mulch not a drop off or dumping area. The area is monitored.

“We hope the citizens will take advantage of this service and in turn help us out too,” Stowell said.

Claremore is a Tree City and promotes observance of Arbor Day and the preservation of healthy trees.

Community Image Maintenance Superintendent Phil Stowell stands on top of a portion of the free wood chips available to citizens. The chips are located at 710 Ramm Rd on the north side of the electric substation. The area is accessible anytime.

PROGRESS PHOTO / Photo provided

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