Although the leaves have not yet begun their annual cascade in Sylvania Township, road department crews have tested and prepared the necessary equipment to start the annual leaf collection process which will begin Oct. 19.
Leaf collection will continue until the township completes its last cycle beginning Nov. 30. Each cycle through the 174 miles of roadway takes about 17 days.
Residents again this year will be able to track progress by going to the road department on the township website. There you can find a township map divided into 23 grids. Locate the property you’re interested in and call the township leaf-collection hotline at 419-517-1620. A recording, updated daily, will inform you where the collection has taken place and where crews are expected to be working next.
Rob Nash, manager of the road department, said a strict schedule is difficult to maintain because when the most leaves will fall can’t be predicted with much accuracy and because rain and snow can delay efforts to pick up the leaves.
Last year’s collection was made more difficult, he said, because the trees held their leaves later than usual. That increases the likelihood of crews not only picking up the leaves but battling cold, snow, and ice.
He said the department each year aims for three sweeps of all streets in the township.
The road department generally hires up to 10 temporary workers to help with the annual task.
Mr. Nash said that due to coronavirus issues, the department this year has rented a trailer which those workers can use as a break room for lunch and a place to store any items they may bring to work.
Some property owners have begun to make the chore a little easier on township crews by using a mulching mower and simply mowing over the fallen leaves to provide nutrients to their lawns over the winter. Several studies have found it is a beneficial way of dealing with fallen leaves as well as providing lawn enrichment.
Leaves cleared from the yard should be placed alongside, but not in the roadway, Mr. Nash said.
Much of the collecting is done using large vacuums which can be fouled if sticks, garden waste, or other matter is in the leaf pile.
The road department asks that you not use plastic bags and be sure the leaf pile does not include anything but leaves.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Posted: October 7, 2020
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