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BRANCH COLLECTION

 

Anytime there is a summer storm that downs trees, the Street Department dispatches crews to picki up branches and chip limbs into compost.

 

In between, chipping crews make the rounds, but you can help make their job easier by calling and letting them know uou have stacked branches at the curb. There is no charge for the service, but the town is limited in the size of tree trunks it can haul.

 

Questions? Call (219) 972-5083.

 

LEAF COLLECTION

 

Like clockwork, the town ramps up its efforts to remove leaves just as they begin their fall descent. Collection typically begins in October and continues through the beginning of December. The town is divided into 10 pick-up zones. Find your zone and pick-up dates by clicking here.

 

Questions? Call (219) 972-5083.

STREET CREWS

HIGHLAND STREET DEPARTMENT

EMERALD ASH WOES

 

Invasive bug killing mature trees throughout Highland and the region

 

The Redevelopment Commission and Public works are in a race against a tiny, yet stealthy, invader that is making short work of the town’s ash tree population.

 

Of the 432 ash trees located on public right-of-ways, Public Works Director John Bach said about 39 percent have sustained serious damage from the emerald ash borer, a metallic green insect that has decimated ash tree populations in 22 states and two Canadian provinces. Another 39 percent are listed in the “best” category and have sustained minimal damage.

 

First detected in Indiana in 2004, Bach said Munster began seeing large tracts of ash canopy destroyed by burgeoning populations of the marauding insect in established neighborhoods several years ago.

 

“We are seeing a wide swath of damage in White Oak Estates and along 45th Avenue,” he said. “We are just beginning to see trees on the east side of town sustain damage by the insects.”

 

The emerald ash borer kills ash trees by disrupting their conductive tissues, which means water and other nutrients can’t reach the highest levels of the tree and it begins to die.

 

The Redevelopment Commission is taking action. Of the 46 trees identified in the commercial district, 34 are being treated with insecticides known to kill adult or larval populations.

 

“A canopy of trees adds value to our downtown,” Redevelopment Director Cecile Petro said. “We are committed to treating these trees until the emerald ash borer dies off, moves on or the tree becomes too decimated to survive.”

CONTACT INFO

QUICK LINKS

CONTACT INFO

QUICK LINKS

Highland Public Works

8001 Kennedy Ave.

Highland, IN 46322

(219) 972-5069 main number

(219) 972-5085 fax

 

John Bach

Public Works Director

jbach@highland.in.gov

 

Bob Johnsen

Asst. Public Works Director

bjohnsen@highland.in.gov

 

Mark Knesek

Public Works Operations Director

mknesek@highland.in.gov