Over $4.6 million in city of Round Rock funds will be used to speed up the process of brush and debris removal from residential areas, including the purchase of a wood chipper that can handle tree limbs up to 18-inches wide.

After Winter Storm Mara left many in the city with large piles of brush and debris, Round Rock officials have approved the monies to be taken from its general self-financed construction fund. The money will go toward a $3 million not-to-exceed contract with T.F.R. Enterprises Inc., a tree removal and disposal company, as well as a $1.5 million not-to-exceed contract with Austin Wood Recycling to grind and dispose of some of the brush and debris gathered after the storm. It will also fund the purchase of a Vermeer pull-behind wood chipper capable of shredding larger tree limbs, bringing the total number of chippers in the city's inventory to two.

City staff stated T.F.R. Enterprises has completed about $425,000 worth of brush cleanup to date.

Documents produced by the city state these action items are necessary as the scale of damage done by the winter storm exceeds the city of Round Rock crews' existing resources and workforce, and the contracted services will assist them in responding in a timely manner.

The amount of brush generated by the winter storm, according to city officials, is enough to fill the Dell Diamond up to 12 stories high. A brush cleanup dashboard has been created to assist residents in determining when their neighborhood is up for cleanup.