Public Works Department

1715 Sheridan Road
P.O. Box 948
Escanaba, MI 49829

Phone: (906) 786-1842
Fax: (906) 789-3796
E-Mail: Public Works Department

Public Works Director: Robert Becotte, PE
Assistant Public Works Director: Wendy Taavola

Public Works Responsibilities:

  • Maintenance of City streets, parking lots, storm sewers, and parks
  • Maintenance of City buildings and vehicles
  • Street signs and pavement markings
  • Street sweeping
  • Fall leaf collection
  • City tree maintenance
  • Garbage and recycling collection
  • Snow plowing and ice control 

For additional information call Public Works / Engineering Department: (906) 786-1842.
For trouble calls after 4:00 p.m. or on weekends: (906) 786-5911.


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Grass Clippings/Composting Notice - Residents of Escanaba

Grass clippings or yard waste are NOT to be left at the curb side as they cause blockage problems when washed into the City's storm sewer system. Grass clippings or yard waste will NOT be picked up with normal garbage.

Citizens are encouraged to leave grass clippings on the lawn. Citizens who choose to remove their clippings or yard waste should transport them to the Escanaba compost drop off site next to the Delta County Landfill at 5701 19th Ave. North.

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City Tree Maintenance


Escanaba adopted a tree ordinance in 1964 intended to promote and protect the public health, safety, and general welfare of its citizens by providing for the regulation of the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees, shrubs, and plants within the City. The tree ordinance is in the process of revision to reflect current needs of the City and current scientific understanding.

The city is responsible for developing an overall plan for Escanaba's "urban forest" with input from residents, forestry professionals, and government officials. Long term objectives of the tree program are to improve the general health of Escanaba’s trees, to promote the diversity of species within the urban forest, to protect vegetation native to the Escanaba area, to enhance the character and aesthetics of the city, and to promote community involvement in the planting, care and appreciation of the city’s natural resources.

The Department of Public Works is responsible for planting and maintaining trees on city property, City Right of Way, and City parks. The Public Works "tree crew" is also responsible for training young trees, pruning established trees, removing dead and hazardous trees, and monitoring disease and insect populations. The City will provide information about tree care to residents and maintains a computerized inventory of the City’s tree resources.

The Department of Public works annually plants about 75 young trees to replace trees that have been removed on boulevards and in the parks. (Trees are removed if judged to be structurally unsound, or if they interfere with public utilities.)

The city tree crew also plants trees after street and bike path construction. Tree species planted in the last twelve months include red oak, sugar maple, ironwood, green ash, linden, hawthorn, serviceberry, red pine, white pine, white spruce and flowering crab.

The City tree crew is made up of seasonal employees during the summer months. Weather permitting in fall and winter months, the tree crew is supported by full-time DPW employees. The Public Works Department maintains an aerial truck, wood chipper and dump box to facilitate tree and brush removal.

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Firewood Policy


If a tree is removed on City right of way, the resident is eligible to receive the wood. If resident does not wish to keep the wood, the tree crew will remove it from the premises.

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Tree City, USA


NEWS from 
The National Arbor Day Foundation

Escanaba has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation (NADF).  This is the seventh year Escanaba has received this national recognition.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards:

  • a tree board or department
  • a tree care ordinance
  • a comprehensive community forestry program
  • an Arbor Day observance

Trees and their many benefits to our communities have never been more important," said John Rosenow, president of the NADF. "Proper tree planting and care today will help ensure cleaner, healthier, more tree-filled cities and towns tomorrow."

Tree City USA is a recognized standard of an effective community forestry program," Rosenow continued. "And the basis of such a program is a commitment to ongoing improvement and renewal."

Congratulations to the CITY OF ESCANABA MICHIGAN

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