Department of Public Works Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I Get Rid of Limbs, Brush and Leaves?
  2. What Does it Mean When a Snow Emergency is Declared?
  3. When Will You Plow My Street?
  4. My Driveway Was Just Plowed Shut!
  5. The snowplow hit my mailbox!
  6. How Do I Report a Faded or Damaged Sign or a Pothole?

How do I Get Rid of Limbs, Brush and Leaves?

Yard waste pickup is provided by Great Lakes Waste, from March through the second week of December.  Limbs and brush may be bundled for pick-up on your regular garbage day. Please see the Garbage Collection page for specific details on bundling. Leaves must be in brown Kraft bags or plastic containers clearly labeled “Yard Waste” for Great Lakes pick-up. Leaves may not be raked into the curb and burning the leaves is not allowed.  The DPW does not accept yard waste of any kind.

What Does it Mean When a Snow Emergency is Declared?

During a snow emergency, parking is prohibited on all public streets. This allows road crews to safely and effectively plow and salt. If the forecast calls for over two inches of snow, residents are asked to park all vehicles off-street in advance of a snow emergency being declared. The Police Department will ticket vehicles that remain parked on the street during a declared snow emergency.

When Will You Plow My Street?

Major streets (i.e. Chicago Boulevard, Evans Street etc.) are plowed first, and then we start on local streets (i.e. residential streets). Every street will be plowed, but the priority is to keep the major streets open at all times. Please help us do our job by not shoveling or snow-blowing snow back into the street. Not only is it dangerous, but also it is illegal and can result in a fine.


My Driveway Was Just Plowed Shut!

Snowplows deposit snow only one way – off the roadway, and into the right-of-way and driveways located in the right-of-way. Our job is to keep the roadway cleared to allow safe passage of vehicles and emergency equipment, and unfortunately that means snow will end up in driveways, in many cases just after you’re done shoveling! 

The Snowplow Hit My Mailbox!

Tecumseh has a Roadside Mailbox Policy.  Click here for details.

How Do I Report a Faded or Damaged Sign or a Pothole?

Please call our office at 423-1443 to report any sign or roadway problem.

Snow or Ice Emergency Ordinance

Section 78-114 - Night Parking states in part:

No automobile, truck or trailer shall be parked on any street or alley in the city between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on those days when an accumulation of snow requires that the city snowplows clear such streets and alleys.

Section 78-115 - Snow or ice emergency states in part:

…the parking or standing of a motor vehicle on a public street or highway in the city shall be prohibited during the term of such emergency. A snow or ice emergency shall be deemed to exist when snow, ice or a combination of the two exceeds the depth of two inches on city streets or highways.

Michigan Vehicle Code, Section 257.677a - states in part:

A person shall not deposit, or cause to be deposited, snow, ice or slush on any roadway or highway.

Roadside Mailbox Policy

All mailboxes within the City of Tecumseh are to be mounted according to U. S. Postal Service Regulations.

These regulations stipulate that roadside mailboxes are to be mounted at a height of 3.5 to 4 feet above the roadway surface and the front of the mailbox must not project over the back of the curb. In areas where there is no curb, the front of the box must not project over the back of the aggregate berm or shoulder. It will be the resident's responsibility to maintain a structurally sound mailbox within the City of Tecumseh right-of-way.

The City of Tecumseh Department of Public Works will repair or replace any mailboxes which, properly mounted according to regulations, are directly struck and damaged by DPW equipment. Repair or replacement of mailboxes that are not capable of withstanding the force of flying snow resulting from snow removal operations will be the responsibility of the resident. It is the resident's responsibility to clear the snow in and around the mailbox for postal delivery.

Residents having further questions on the placement of their mailboxes may call our office at 423-1443 or the Tecumseh Post Office for assistance.

Emerald Ash Borer Info


The entire lower peninsula of Michigan has been quaranteened by the State of Michigan to halt the spread of the emerald ash borer.

It is illegal to move ash trees, branches, untreated lumber, deciduous firewood and any other material from Michigan's lower peninsula unless chipped to a diameter of 1-inch or less. Additionally, the movement of all ash nursery stock is prohibited within, into and from the entire lower peninsula.

For more information, please visit or for more "State Specific" information click here for the Michigan Department of Agriculture website.

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