By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times
It’s time to put rakes and leaf blowers, and perhaps tarps and wheel barrows, into action.
The City of Glasgow Department of Public Works has begun making the blankets of brown, which grew exponentially in the past two to three weeks due to rain and high winds, disappear.
Residents are asked to not pile leaves on the street or in drainage ditches, where they tend to block stormwater collection points, or on sidewalks, where they can impede the paths of pedestrians and handicapped persons in motorized wheelchairs and scooters.
The best location is between curb and sidewalk where that is an option; otherwise, the leaves need to be as close to the street as possible without being in one of those spots. DPW employees will rake them on over to where the vacuum tube can reach them as the truck moves through a neighborhood.
Foreman Steve Mathews said the two crews have three trucks that can be used, with the third being a smaller one that rotates in when the others are full and are taken to be emptied.
“Every year we pick up close to 300 tons,” he said, adding that the weight may be higher this year because we’ve had more wet weather.
To complete the mission of vacuuming the leaves throughout the city in an orderly manner, the city is divided into four zones with designated dates for collection, and two crews will spend a few days in each as they progress. Then the process starts again, as each zone will get another visit.
Workers started with Zone 1, which is east of South Green Street and south of East Main Street, and wrapped up the first cycle there Friday. They will return to that zone Dec. 9-13.
DPW crews will be in Zone 2 – the area west of North Race Street and north of West Main Street – for the five weekdays starting Monday. The next round there is Dec. 16-20.
The Zone 3 area is north of East Main Street and east of North Race Street, and the dates are Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 23-27.
Zone 4 dates are Dec. 2-6 and Dec. 30-Jan. 3. That zone encompasses the area south of West Main and west of South Green.
Rocks, tree limbs and other items that could injure crew members or damage equipment should not be placed in the same area.
Residents who do not want to wait for their designated days may bag their leaves and place them by the curb for crews to remove.
The collected leaves are taken to the compost site at the Glasgow Regional Landfill, where compost may be purchased while supplies last.
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