By Sue Botos
At last week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Pam Bobst brought out the map illustrating the usual leaf pickup routine for the city to provide a visual, and assure residents that they have not been forgotten when it comes to the mounds of leafs still adorning some tree lawns.
“We’re going in order and we’ve mobilized all of our resources,” Bobst said, adding that about 80 percent of the leaves fell as a result of high winds from Superstorm Sandy, resulting in heavy, wet, compacted piles, which have exceeded normal collection size. She said that pickup was further delayed by holidays, and the fact that the city cannot afford large amounts of overtime.
Bobst said that the rotation for leaf removal is divided into five parts, as follows: Section 1 – North of Lake Road; Section 2 – Lake to Detroit Road; Section 3 – Detroit to Hilliard Boulevard; Section 4 – Hilliard to Center Ridge Road; and Section 5 – south of Center Ridge.
This schedule will be followed until no longer needed. Residents are asked not to place tree limbs or other debris over the leaf piles, as this makes it necessary for workers to separate the material before vacuum trucks are used to remove leaves. Additionally, branches should be cut into 4-foot lengths and bundled into sections weighing less than 50 pounds.
“Please do not rake the leaves into the street,” stressed Bobst. She added leaves could be placed in yard waste bags for scheduled trash pickup.
Leaves and tree debris may also be brought to the city transfer station at 2204 Lake Road from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) or Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents should bring a photo identification with a city address, because the station can only accept refuse generated within the city.
Residents with questions regarding refuse removal should contact police Chief Kelly Stillman at 440-331-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.