The crews of Sylvania Township’s road department are on schedule to begin their third circuit of gathering leaves from the township’s 174 miles of roadway Dec. 3
Rob Nash, road superintendent, told township trustees at their most recent meeting that the crews “have been doing a tremendous job,” in staying on schedule during the first two circuits of township streets. It is a task which always gets more difficult as rain and snow can make the job harder as the weather moves toward winter.
The most efficient collection method, according to Rob Nash, road superintendent, is to use a large vacuum tube attached to a truck which is used to collect the leaves. A crew member walks behind the slow-moving truck vacuuming the leaves.
Residents can help by making sure the leaves you rake or blow to the roadside are clear of branches and garden debris which can harm the machinery.
If necessary, the township may use a contractor which can use trucks and front-end loaders to remove the leaf piles.
Residents are able to track progress by going to the township website and locating a map divided into grids. Locate the property you’re interested in and call the township leaf-collection hot line at 419-517-1620. A recording, updated daily, will inform you where collection has taken place and where crews are expected to be working next.
Some property owners have begun to make the chore a little easier on the 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 lawn enrichment,
Leaves cleared from the yard should be placed alongside, but not in the roadway and, Mr. Nash added they should not be placed in bags.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
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