Tallmadge -- It's time to get out the rakes and don the work gloves in preparation of the city's annual leaf collection program scheduled to take place between Oct. 21 and Nov. 29.
The program will be the same as in previous years with workers collecting leaves in each of three districts, according to Public Service Director Bryan Esler.
District 1 is east of North Avenue and north of East Avenue, excluding the stretch between North Avenue and Kent Drive. Collection in this area is scheduled for Oct. 21 through 25 and Nov. 11 through 15.
District 2, west of North and South avenues and the area between Kent Drive and North Avenue, will be serviced Oct. 28 through Nov. 1 and Nov. 18 through 22.
District 3, which is east of South Avenue and south of East Avenue, will have leaves picked up Nov. 4 through 8 and Nov. 25 through 29.
"There is a possibility that leaves on your street may be collected before your scheduled week; however, city crews will resume the Monday of your scheduled week to be sure that all leaves are collected," Esler said.
"In addition, weather conditions and timing of the leaves falling may delay the program, but city crews will do their best to adhere to the published schedule," he added.
Leaves must be raked out to the curb or street, but not in the street by 7 a.m. on the Monday of the scheduled week for each district, in order for crews to collect them.
The city advises not to rake leaves near catch basins, culvert pipes and in ditches. Crews will not pick up piles of leaves with branches, brush, grass clippings or debris.
The city's crews for the leaf collection program consist of eight city trucks with trailers, with one city driver and two leaf collectors, who are employed by a temporary staffing company, per truck. According to Esler, the city is paying about $50,000 for the 16 temporary workers through Safe Staffing of Ohio Inc.
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