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Brush pile opening, leaf collections set

KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette A car pulls a trailer with brush pulls into the Organic Mulch Recycling Site in the city on Tuesday morning.

The city brush pile is open for access and the fall leaf collection is around the bend, city officials said.

The brush pile is locked and can be accessed by approaching the attendant in the nearby Public Works building, 1500 W. Third St. between the hours of 7:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, with exception of noon to 12:30 p.m. when the staff takes a lunch break. The brush pile is open every other Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. It will not be open this Saturday.

The fence is kept locked so it is necessary to go into the building and see the attendant for access.

It’s that time of year when during leaf collection, tree branches and yard debris is often collected, said Adam Winder, public works department general manager.

However, as employees with the city streets and parks department will begin their fall leaf collection Oct. 26, they remind residents not to put yard debris, such as thickets, branches and limbs into the leaf piles.

Leaf collection is an ongoing activity that staff try to get to through the months of late October, November and into December, weather permitting.

Residents should place leaves along the curb line of the main streets, as there will be no alley pickup because of the equipment size used for the collection.

“All neighborhoods will be picked-up,” Winder said.

The collection will continue on and off all through the fall season, he noted.

Once a street has been cleared it will be at least one week until crews return to that area, Winder said.

Residents must separate leaves from all other materials including tree limbs, brush and yard waste. The requirement is a part of the city ordinance and brush can jam and damage equipment, especially when it is hidden beneath a pile of leaves, Winder said.

The brush could also significantly slow down operations.

There is another urgent concern, according to Winder.

Many people believe they can put brush on a street and it will be picked up in the fall.

That is not the case, he said.

The brush collection or yard debris pick-up is done in the spring and timed with Earth Day and the week of April 21.

“If you have currently placed brush on a street you need to remove it immediately,” he said.

The labor-intensive task ahead requires residential cooperation, he said.

That is important because of the potential start of the winter plowing season mixing in with fall leaf collection, he said.

Another priority is for there to be loose leaves only, with no leaves that are placed in plastic bags or any other container able to be picked up.

Residents may also take leaves, yard debris and tree trimmings to the mulch pile.

Grass clippings are not accepted at this site at any time.

Residents are asked not to contact the public works building for special pick-ups, as this will not be done, Winder said.

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