City crews still planning on mulch giveaway

Photos by RUSSELL HUFFMAN

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STEPHENVILLE (May 8, 2015) — After the storms blew through Erath County, Stephenville city officials opened the city park to those residents cleaning up around the city. City crews were on hand and worked alongside volunteers and those cleaning up to unload debris in huge piles.

Crews then mulched all the limbs, branches, leaves and other mulchable storm debris. It is now piled where the limbs once were. And according to city of Stephenville officials, the mulch will be available to residents for free pickup on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or the mulch is all gone. Officials said residents could take as much mulch as they need for personal use.

Photos by RUSSELL HUFFMAN
Photos by RUSSELL HUFFMAN

“The mulch give-away is intended to further beautify the city. Mulch is not intended to be resold,” the city of Stephenville posted on their website.

However, the city’s website also warns residents that the mulch giveaway will only be held if the weather permits. As of 1 p.m. on Friday, May 8, the National Weather Service was reporting Stephenville and surrounding areas have a good chance of rain as early as 11 a.m. on Saturday, with an increased chance of thunderstorms after noon. Highs are expected to be in the upper 70s.

City official Jeremy Allred said the city was planning to keep an eye on the weather, but at this time, crews would still be in the park at 8 a.m. to help residents load the mulch.

“We’ll help them load it in truck beds and trailers to haul away until the rain starts, I guess,” Allred said Friday. “But city crews will not load mulch while dangerous weather is in the area and will not help residents load mulch into small bags or buckets. And we think people will understand that.”

So be sure and get to the park early on Saturday, before the weather moves in or the mulch runs out!

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