The Cleveland Public Works Department's autumn leaves collection season begins in earnest next week.
Public Works Director Tommy Myers said the departments' employees make a special effort to collect fall leaves from the first of November through sometime early in the new year.
Some leaf collection already started in October. "It is a very busy time for our employees," Mr. Myers said.
Property owners are asked to keep some things in mind as they build those mountains of leaves with rakes and blowers. Do not cover storm drains. Leaves clogging the drains means extra work, and expense, to clean them. Do not block access to utility poles, mail boxes, wires or fences. Pile leaves close to the curbs; however, within reach of city equipment.
Motorists should use extra caution when they approach leaf collection crews at work.
City leaf pickup generally follows the city's two-week trash and debris collection routes, said City Manager Janice Casteel. As the volume of leaves increases during the fall, however, crews may be a few days later.