The Woodward News

Local News

March 1, 2013

City working to resume service

Woodward, Okla. — Due to weather-related issues, the City of Woodward's regular trash services will not resume until next week.

"We're going to try to do some streets tomorrow (Friday) and see how that goes, but will be back on regular schedule next week starting on Tuesday," Sanitation Superintendent Roger Arnold said.

Arnold said that because of the amount of snow that fell and the time that it is taking to get roads clear from the snow, it was just not possible to get sanitation trucks out any sooner.

"I don't see any way for us to get on the side streets, we would just be blocking roads if we tried," he said in an interview with The News on Thursday.  "And there's absolutely no alley access right now."

Besides the issue of access, the sanitation superintendent said there is also the issue of safety that has prompted the decision to hold off on trash pickup.

"I don't want our trucks out there causing accidents or our guys getting hurt," he said.

Even if the trucks had been able to get around town earlier this week, Arnold said they wouldn't have been able to dispose of what trashed they picked up.

"They just got the landfill road opened up yesterday (Wednesday) evening," he said.

Arnold said he knows that there are a lot of residents with concerns about the trash pickup.

"My phone's been ringing off the wall, but most of them have been very understanding," he said.

Right now Arnold said all he can hope for is some warmer temperatures over the next few days and continued sunshine to help clear away the snow.

"I think we're supposed to have highs in the 50s and 60s over the weekend, so hopefully that will help clear up some of these roads," he said.

Once regular trash pickup resumes, Arnold said, "we'll be working extra hard next week to get caught up."

"I'm not going to complain, though, because we really needed the moisture," he said.

In addition to catching up on regular trash pickup, city crews will also be working to clear away broken tree limbs.  However, Arnold said that limbs must be placed out by the curb and out from underneath any power lines in order to be picked up.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • DSC_5249.JPG Fire units on scene of tank battery fire

    A tank battery fire that started at an oilfield disposal site northwest of Woodward early Wednesday morning continues to burn.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • City, county commissions meet

    Roundup of Monday's Woodward city and county commission meetings.

    April 22, 2014

  • Boomers win 2 in Alva festival

    The Boomer baseball team had its most successful day of the season  since March with a pair of wins in the Alva Festival on Saturday.

    April 22, 2014

  • Glitches prompt suspension of testing

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's public schools superintendent suspended online testing across the state on Monday after middle and high school students systemwide experienced disruptions during high-stakes standardized tests for the second consecutive year.

    April 22, 2014

  • Mooreland Art Show Saturday

    MOORELAND--There will be a lot of talent on display at the 28th annual Mooreland Spring Arts and Crafts Show.

    April 22, 2014

  • Boiling Springs pool undergoing major upgrades

    There will be a new way for everybody to cool off this summer.

    April 22, 2014

  • Testing glitches in Oklahoma prompt suspension

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the second year in a row, standardized testing for Oklahoma students has been disrupted, prompting the state superintendent to suspend all online testing for the day.

    April 21, 2014

  • Precautionary lockdown lifted at Southwestern

    WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) — Southwestern Oklahoma State University has lifted a precautionary lockdown that had been issued after the school received an unconfirmed report of a man on campus with a gun.

    April 21, 2014

  • Commissioners to act on agreements

    Lawn care will be the focus of action at the Woodward City Commission meeting Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

    April 20, 2014

  • Disaster assistance charity organizing

    The 2012 Woodward tornado did more than just destroy a significant part of Woodward, in an ironic way it helped create a springboard for some who recognized a need for a different kind of disaster assistance.

    April 20, 2014