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October 31, 2013

Hanging around: This autumn’s late leaf fall has city delaying annual pickup

TERRE HAUTE — A late autumn – at least in terms of leaves falling – is delaying the start of the city’s annual leaf pickup.

While leaves are turning a nice variety of colors, they are largely still on the trees around the city, causing the Street Department to delay the start of its clean sweep of the city’s leaves.

Usually, the city’s leaf pickup starts about the first of November, said Brad Miller, the city’s transportation director. This year, however, because the leaves have been slow to fall, that could be delayed a week or two, he said.

“After our first hard freeze, they should start coming down,” Miller said. “We want to get out as quick as we can because we don’t want to get caught by the snow.”

Thanks to budget cuts brought about by the state’s property tax caps, the city now makes just one pass collecting leaves each year instead of two. That’s another reason the Street Department wants to wait until the leaves have hit the ground before starting the job.

Leaf pickup will start on the city’s north side this year, Miller said. The Street Department will notify the news media a week before the trucks begin to roll, he added. The leaf pickup schedule also will be posted on the city’s website,

Residents are asked to rake their leaves into the tree row, not into the street, for pickup. Anyone unable to do that is reminded that Republic Services will pick up bags of leaves when collecting the city’s garbage, Miller said.

It takes a little more than two months to complete the leaf pickup, Mayor Duke Bennett said Wednesday. While that work is taking place, little or no other Street Department work, such as pothole repair, can take place, he said.


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