Street Department

Street Department Staff

The Tahlequah Street Department is responsible for the maintenance, repair and improvements to the city-owned transportation infrastructure including all streets, alleys and other public ways. The Street Department strives to efficiently provide for the safe movement of both motor vehicles and pedestrians through the city. 

Street Department functions include:

  • snow removal
  • street and alley resurfacing
  • street sweeping
  • pot hole repair and street sealing
  • brush pick up 
  • installation and maintenance of street signs
  • painting of traffic lane lines and on-street markings

Brush Pick Up 

The City of Tahlequah Ordinance for Residential Yard Waste Collection Regulations is number 14-701 through 14-705.

If the resident or property owner does the work themselves they can request a collection once a week without charge. If they hire anyone (general contractor, handyman service, lawn service, carpenter, electrician, plumber, roofer, tree trimmer, brick or stone mason, etc.) the City will not pick up the brush. Free yard waste collections cannot exceed 2 ¼ cubic yards. Any piles in excess of 2 ¼ cubic yards will be subject to a fee of $50 for each additional yard.

A pile of 2 ¼ cubic yards is: 7 feet long, 3 feet wide, and 3 feet high. The ordinance requires all material not to exceed 10 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length and must be free of wire, nails, screws, plastic bags, or other foreign objects. 

Yard waste shall be placed directly adjacent and parallel with the street (along the edge of the street), with no limbs, branches, or other pieces of the yard waste resting on or overhanging the curb or street edge. Yard waste shall be placed without blocking drainage ditches, sidewalks, or obstructing the view of pedestrians, cyclists, or vehicles. Yard waste cannot be placed with 10 feet of a fire hydrant, gas meter, water meter, sewer manhole cover, telephone pedestal, or any other obstruction that would hinder collection or a utility service.

There shall be no importation of yard waste from other properties for the purpose of collection by the City.

Once wooden yard waste has been placed at the curb or street edge, the property owner/resident shall request a yard waste collection from the Street Department within 72 hours of placement. If you have any questions or need to schedule a pickup, please contact the Street Department at 918-456-4661.

All other yard waste, such as flowers, plants, rose bushes, vines, leaves, need to be bagged and collection needs to be scheduled with the Solid Waste Department, 918-456-8332.

Click here to fill out the brush pick up form. 

Brush Pick Up Examples