The City of Fredericksburg is considering the implementation of a dedicated stormwater & vegetation management program to provide relief to the Street, Sanitation, Water, and Electric Divisions which currently all provide vegetation management related duties. It is estimated that over 8,000 man hours are spent annually by these divisions on vegetation related services such as street sweeping, gutter and inlet cleaning, tree trimming, removal of invasive species, and other drainage and water quality oriented services. The vegetation management program will help to reduce redundant operations / equipment purchases and will free up crews in other divisions to focus on their department's main duties. The program will also help to protect our community and the environment from flooding, creek erosion, damage to aquatic habitat, and pollution of our streams and rivers.
What services will the stormwater & vegetation management program provide?
Mowing / clearing of City-maintained drainage channels and rights-of-way
Gutter, inlet, and creek debris clean out
Tree trimming and invasive brush removal
Infrastructure improvements to minimize flooding
Other drainage and water quality oriented services
How will the program be funded?
The majority of funding for the proposed vegetation management program will come from the Drainage Utility Fee. Each developed property would pay a utility fee based on the property's impact to the storm collection system. This is based on the impervious area, or hard surface, such as rooftops and parking lots, on each property. The fee is added to your monthly utility bill.