(Courier file photo)
(Courier file photo)
The recent ice storm — along with rains and normal fall weather — have significantly added to the clean-up list for this area.

Madison’s Street Department still is picking up leaves and limbs throughout the city. Tony Sorrells, the head of the streets department, told the Board of Public Works Monday and the City Council Tuesday night that his crews have picked up about 235 tons of leaves in the last six weeks.

He also said they have picked up about 239 tons of limbs since an ice storm hit the area around three weeks ago.

The crews still are picking up leaves and limbs. The city reminds residents that leaves and limbs need to be in separate piles by the roadside as different trucks pick up the leaves, and limbs will damage the leaf truck.

But, the work doesn’t stop with pick-up.

Madison Fire Chief Bill DeVries told the council that his department has received verbal approval for a 60-day emergency burn. He said they are hoping for the written approval today from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. DeVries said the quantity of material to be burned is going to require two different burns.

In a report on his department to last night’s council meeting, Parks Director David Stucker noted that getting the city’s Sunrise Golf Course back into shape is “going to be a process.” He said the course was hard hit by the storms.