During rain, windy conditions, and with leaves, trees/branches become heavy and their strength
compromised. Trees may impact the traveled portion of roadways. Also, please be aware of sagging or
broken wires in trees as it can still be “live” with a deadly amount of electricity. In these cases, RCKC
must wait for utility company assistance. When possible, RCKC teams have moved fallen trees outside
of the road right-of-way to the adjacent property, clearing the traveled portion of our roads for the
safety of the public.
The relocated trees from the roadway will be left for the property owner’s use and/or disposal, except in
those instances where RCKC holds title to the entire road right-of- way (typically in platted/subdivision
areas). A pink flag will be left near the relocated tree informing property owners to contact the RCKC
within fifteen (15) days for tree removal options. The property owner may submit a service request that
the fallen tree moved by the RCKC, county, municipal or township police, fire, emergency or public
utility personnel be cut and stacked adjacent to the public right-of-way, or may request that it be
removed. The RCKC will return to address the relocated tree as prioritized within other RCKC
operations. Please remember trees/brush that was not relocated by emergency personnel, are the
property owner’s responsibilities. For any further questions, please see our Roadside Vegetation
Management Policy on our website at www.kalamazoocountyroads.com.