Board Policy

Effective Date

Number

BOARD OF INGHAM COUNTY ROAD

COMMISSIONERS

 

 

April 11, 1991

 

#BP-186

SUBJECT

ROADSIDE BRUSH CUTTING OPERATIONS

 

policy & guidelines for roadside brush cutting operations performed by the ingham county road commission

 

resolution #072-91

 

i. definition of brush cutting.

Brush cutting includes the removal of roadside brush, small trees which are six inches (6) or less in diameter and tree limbs of any size which may interfere or present a safety problem to vehicles traveling the roads. Tree removal is generally an operation separate from brush cutting. However, some trees may be removed during the brush cutting operation in order to reach the objectives set forth in the preamble preceding these guidelines in the resolution.

 

II. GUIDELINES FOR BRUSH CUTTING.

When feasible, as determined by the foreman, the procedure for roadside brush cutting shall be for small trees and limbs to be removed from the edge of the traveled portion of the roadway to a distance for the convenience and safety of the public and proper maintenance to the roadway.

 

Brush shall be cleared to a reasonable distance beyond the top of back slope of the roadside ditch. If there is no roadside ditch, brush cutting shall occur to an established tree line or to the bottom of the front slope unless instructed otherwise by the foreman, who may require greater or less clearing in the reasonable exercise of his/her discretion for the roadways.

 

Tree limbs shall be flush cut at the trunk of the tree or at the primary limb. Large debris shall be removed from the traveled portion of the roadway, shoulders and driveways by the end of each workday. Small debris, such as twigs, thumb size or smaller in diameter, may be left.

 

Cut trimmings which are desirable for firewood shall be cut into logs of less than 2.5 feet and shall be left behind the ditch.

 

Overhanging limbs shall be trimmed to a height, when full with foliage, of 15 feet above the roadway.

 

In order to inform the property owners who may wish to perform roadside brush removal at their own expense, a list of roads in which brush cutting operations are anticipated to be conducted will be published twice annually in a newspaper(s) of general circulation in Ingham County. Publication shall occur not less thank two months prior to the commencement of Ingham County Road Commission roadside brush removal. Property owners desiring to perform roadside brush removal, at their own time and expense and with their own equipment, shall provide written notice to the Ingham County Road Commission within the time required by the publication and shall cause such roadside brush removal to occur and be completed not later than the date of commencement of the Ingham County Road Commission roadside brush removal as provided in the published notice.

 

While an individual property owner may undertake roadside brush removal at his/her expense in lieu of having the brush removed by the Ingham County Road Commission, the safety of the motoring public necessitates full compliance with the above guidelines. In the event that a property owner undertakes roadside brush removal at his/her own expense, the property owner should be aware that, if, in the sole discretion of the Ingham County Road Commission there has not been full compliance with such guideline, the Ingham County Road Commission shall proceed to remove the roadside brush pursuant to these guidelines.

 

ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF INGHAM COUNTY ROAD COMMISSIONERS ON APRIL 11, 1991