Public Works Department
The Public Works Department consists of the Street Department and the Water & Sewer Maintenance Department.
The Street Department is responsible for wood chipping, grass cutting, leaf pickup, trash pickup, white goods metal pickup, helping to read 2,500 water meters and over 2,300 electric meters monthly, street sign maintenance, sidewalk weed control, maintenance of Town buildings and grounds, maintaining flower beds, mowing roads and right-of-ways, performing cemetery marking and maintenance, litter pickup, snow removal, maintaining grounds at Baird House & Transportation Museum. The Street Department helps the Water & Sewer Maintenance Department, when needed or for emergencies. They are also on 24 hour call-back for Town emergencies.
The Water & Sewer Maintenance Department maintains over 52 miles of sewer lines and 56 miles of water lines and maintain, repair, or replace over 400 fire hydrants. They also help read 2,500 water meters and over 2,300 electric meters monthly. They also do heavy equipment work, repair water breaks and clear sewer blockages, maintain 19 sewage pumping stations, operate a preventive maintenance program where manholes and sewage lines are physically looked at, and clean several miles of sewer lines each year. The Water & Sewer Maintenance Department assists the Street Department when needed and also cut grass at various locations around Town. The Water and Sewer Maintenance Department also locate underground water and sewer and are also on call 24 hours a day. The staff also assists in sanitation work as needed.Waste Collection
Garbage collection is on Monday and Tuesday starting at 6:00 a.m. Every other week recycling is picked up on Thursday and Friday, also at 6:00 a.m. Be sure to have these items out by 6:00 a.m.
Grass clippings and bush trimmings should be placed in bags or boxes and put at the street/curb by 6:00 a.m. on Thursday morning for pickup. Do not overstuff the bags or boxes to prevent them from tearing during pickup. The maximum weight should not be over 30 pounds to prevent injury to workers.
Leaf season begins the 2nd Monday in November and lasts until the last day of March. Be sure to rake leaves to the curb and do not place any items on the pile other than leaves. Pickup will be done on a regular schedule so that the whole Town can be evenly run about once a week. If you would like leaves for your garden, please call Town Hall to arrange delivery at 396-3131.
Trash day is every Thursday. Place non-garbage, non-recycling, and non-chipping items, such as old couches, beds, chairs and etc. at the street/curb no later than 6:00 a.m. for regular pickup. If you are cleaning out a house, basement, or garage of a residential nature, we have a limited number of residential dumpsters available. Please make a request for a dumpster at Town Hall; a form must be filled out before a dumpster can be delivered.
Scrap metal and white goods to be collected must be placed at the curb by 6:00 a.m. the first Friday of each month. Scrap metal must be picked up separately from other trash. White goods can include discarded stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters, and refrigerators.
The following items cannot be collected as household garbage because they will not be accepted by the landfill. Computer equipment, televisions, aluminum cans, antifreeze, appliances, beverage containers from ABC permitted facilities, lead-acid batteries, motor oil, oyster shells, yard waste, tires, oil filters, pallets, and plastic bottles.
The following items can be recycled along with your computer equipment and televisions: fax machines, copiers, peripherals, telephones, answering machines, radios, microwaves, VCR's, CD and DVD players, DVR's,cables, cords, and adaptors. The Town of Granite Falls Residential E-Waste items are picked up on the 1st Friday of each month when the Town collects white goods. For more information on the E-Waste Program, please contact Town Hall at 828-396-3131.
Tree limbs should be stacked in manageable piles with the cut end of the limb at the curb and the leaves toward the house. Limbs should be no larger than 4" in diameter and no longer than six feet so employees can handle them safely. Wood debris and boards must have all metal and nails removed for safety reasons. Chipping is done on a regular basis and will be picked up if placed properly. Individuals using professional tree services for trimming are advised to have the tree service take care of your limbs for faster service.
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