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Tupelo Public Works

City of Tupelo

Rights-of-Way & Grounds

Rights of WayRights-Of-Way & Grounds

Rights-of Way:

  • This Crew is responsible for the roadside vegetation management program involving 320 miles of roadside.
  • Mows 940 acres of rights-of way.
  • 387 acres of roadside are treated with herbicides for Bermuda release.
  • Approximately 350 acres of vacant properties are mowed and treated with the herbicide program for Bermuda release thus reducing operating expenses.

Arborist Crew (Tree Care):

  • This division maintains all trees on City rights-of-way and public properties. Some trees require corrective pruning, cause visibility problems or create a hazard resulting in removal.

Landscape Maintenance:

  • Plants approximately 200 trees each year throughout the City.
  • Maintains 450 landscape beds and approximately thirty acres of green space throughout the year.
  • Maintains the grounds and rose garden at City Hall.
  • This division installs new landscape beds and repairs damaged beds.
  • Trims and maintains all ornamental shrubs and trees within City maintained cemeteries.
  • Sprays beds weekly for weed control beginning in early spring and going through early winter.
  • Waters all landscape beds and new trees throughout the City as needed.
  • Plants bulbs in late winter or early spring at various locations throughout the City.
  • This division is responsible for daily cleaning of the alleys, trash cans, planters, landscape beds and sidewalks within the downtown area.

Tree Farm:

  • In 2006 the Public Works Department completed a tree farm on South Lawndale Road. Approximately 1,200 trees have been planted thus far on the 10 acre tree farm. The goal is to have an inventory that includes each type of tree currently maintained by the City of Tupelo. When a tree dies or must be removed one of the same species will be readily available for use as a replacement.

Cemetery Maintenance:

  • This division is responsible for selling and recording cemetery plots. Cemetery plots may be purchased Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A staff member responsible for selling cemetery plots and marking grave sites is on call every weekend and every holiday.
  • The cost for a cemetery plot is $250.
  • The City maintains four cemeteries encompassing approximately 48.5 acres, they include:
  1. Porters Cemetery
    Located at the end of Lockridge St.
    Cemetery lots are available
  2. Springhill Cemetery
    Located on the East side of North Green St.
    No cemetery lots are available
  3. Tupelo Memorial Park
    Located on the West side of Joyner Ave.
    Cemetery lots available
  4. Glenwood Cemetery
    Located on the Northwest corner of North Green Street & East Jackson.
    No cemetery lots are available

Recycling:

  • Citizens may take recyclable products to City recycling bins located at:
    1. Northeast of the intersection of West Main Street and Coley Road behind Fire Station Six.
    2. On the East side of North Commerce Street at the City compost site.
  • The following items may be placed in the recycling bins:
    • Newspaper and cardboard
    • Aluminum and steel cans
    • Plastic bottles #1 and #2 (number found on bottom of bottle) (soft drink, milk, detergent, etc.
  • Items that CANNOT be placed in the recycling bins:
    • Oil/Paintcans/Aerosol cans/pie plates or ovenware
    • Mirrors
    • Foams/styrofoam/plastic bags/toys/pesticide/motor oil bottles
    • Bound or plastic wrappers

Household Hazardous Waste Recycling:

  • The Public Works Department offers a service to citizens by providing a collection point for household hazardous waste products. Citizens may take these products roducts to the Public Works Department, located at 604 Crossover Road. A sign designating the drop-off point is located on the west end of the office building. Collected materials will be recycled or disposed of properly.
  • List of Recyclable and Non-Recyclable Items

Compost:

  • Leaves and grass clipping may be taken to the compost site located on the East side of North Commerce Street. Leaves must not be in bags or mixed with garbage.
  • Compost can be obtained free of charge when available.  Loading is provided on Fridays (holidays excluded)  between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Mosquito Control:

  • Mosquito spraying usually starts in early summer and lasts until early fall, depending on the weather.
  • The City of Tupelo can treat standing water with larvacide, depending upon the source and location of the water.
  • The large truck sprayer is used for call-in requests and regular routes throughout the neighborhoods.
  • Weather permitting, the Right’s-of-Way Division responds to citizen’s request for mosquito spraying. To put your address on the spray list, please call 662-841-6457.
  • Mosquito and West Nile Information
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