Autumn has arrived and once again the leaves are changing color and blanketing the yards and gardens of Sylvania. Our "City of Trees" certainly lives up to its namesake by having tens of thousands of trees throughout the community. Approximately 7,700 street trees are growing in street right-of-ways alone, with many thousands more in parks and on private lands, including the towering oaks and maples native to the area.
As a result, leaf collection is beginning again in our neighborhoods for this fall. Because of all those trees, leaf collection is a very big job in the City of Sylvania. Last year, City crews spent 2,781 hours loading and hauling 11,983 cubic yards of leaves to the City composting field on Yankee Road north of town.
Leaf collection is just one of many services provided to city neighborhoods. Police, fire, street repair, trash collection, recycling, snow removal, holiday tree pickup, tree trimming and street cleaning are also provided throughout the City.
I am always working to improve City neighborhood services so our neighborhoods remain a great place to live, attract new residents and keep property values high. I regularly inspect neighborhoods to see what is needed. If there is a storm, City crews are ordered to collect the storm damage. If the streets need cleaning, the street cleaner is sent out. If there are potholes, the street crews are called in.
This year's leaf collection begins the week of October 25th with one or two Streets Division collection crews as needed following predetermined routes through the City. As more leaves are raked to the curb, two additional crews will be added and work full time at leaf collection. In an effort to speed up leaf collection, temporary workers are used and overtime is offered to City workers in the Streets, Forestry and Utilities Divisions when needed.
The City crews load leaves raked to the curb into leaf boxes mounted on city dump trucks using diesel powered leaf loader vacuum units. Sticks, grass clippings, flowers, plants, etc. can clog or even break the leaf loaders and are not to be part of the leaf collection process. Those items should be set out separately for regular pick-up by the Yard Waste program of the Forestry Division. An unlimited free Yard Waste pick-up is scheduled for November 1st to November 12th on your regular Yard Waste pick-up day.
City crews will move as quickly as possible to collect all the leaves. The crews will make multiple sweeps through the City, six rounds last year. If we have good weather, the leaves fall on schedule, and it doesn't snow too much, the leaf collection will be completed by December 10th. But the weather and the trees don't always cooperate. Thanks for your patience! City of Sylvania crews will be making their rounds and will be to your street soon.