For John, BLUF: I generally find City services to be good. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Sometime between 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM a huge branch fell into the street in front of our home. It was from a tree on the other side of the street and the debris stretched for about 30 feet and well out into the street. Our neighbor, Barbara pull the branch out of the middle of the street and called DPW, but got a recording. I was sent out by my wife to move my [undamaged] car. I took my saw from the trunk and cut off a bunch of branches overhanding the street and the sidewalk and stacked them on the area between the curb and the sidewalk. I then called the Police Non-Emergency number and briefed the woman who answered the phone. Then I moved my car and went in for dinner (Taco Salad—excellent).
About a half hour later I went out and saw Jeff the Night Watchman cutting up this big limb and moving pieces of the limb into that area I had been using. Jeff showed up in his white City of Lowell pickup. The street is in pretty good shape this evening and the arbor person will be by tomorrow morning to do evaluation.
I am impressed by the City response. Thanks, Ralph Snow, for running a good shop, and thanks Jeff, for a quick, effective, response.
UPDATE: And, the next morning, at a civilized time, the City came by and picked up the remains of the downed limb.
Regards — Cliff