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The Road Department offers a semi-annual Brush Pickup for Township residents. The 2018 Spring Pickup is complete, next years’ date will be moved back one week later to the 3rd Monday in April (April 15, 2019). The Fall 2018 pickup will be the 1st Monday in September after Labor Day (September 10, 2018).
Each Pickup is a “one (1) time only” pickup. This service consists of removing piles of leaves and storm damaged brush, such as branches and tree limbs, this service does not include tree removal. Therefore, we request all residents to place their leaves and storm damaged brush along the edge of the roadway before the scheduled pickup. Also, please organize and separate leaves and brush, thus allowing our crews to work efficiently. Do not place brush piles in the roadway or gutter area. We service over 176 miles of roadway that requires several days to complete the Brush Pickup.
Leaf Pickup Hot Line 419-517-1620 (fall season only)
Call the Hot Line for daily and weekly route information.
The Fall Season Leaf Pickup starts the 3rd Monday in October and is performed on a patrol basis. The LAST LEAF PICKUP CYCLE starts on December 1st. During peak times one cycle through the Township requires 17(+/-) days. Depending on weather conditions, our goal is to perform at least three (3) pickup cycles. Leaves should be placed at the curb side or along the edge of the street, free of brush and garden waste allowing our crews to work efficiently. Crews are unable to pickup leaves mixed with brush and other items. Place your leaves away from obstacles such as mailboxes, fire hydrants, landscaping timbers and landscaping rocks. These obstacles can cause injury to our employees, equipment and reduce efficiency.
PLEASE DO NOT PLACE LEAVES IN THE STREET OR IN PLASTIC BAGS.
Other Drop-Off Locations in the area:
-A&J Landscape, 419-842-8733, 8061 Sylvania Ave, between King Rd and Centennial Rd
-CleanWood Recycling, 419-843-9663, 6505 West Bancroft Street, between Interstate I-475 and McCord Rd.
Leaf Pickup Facts:
The Township’s leaf pickup program services 132 miles of residential roads, 32 miles of County roads and 10 miles of State Highways, totaling 174 miles of roadways. Our community’s landscape consists of largely wooded areas. (Sylvania is Latin for “Wooded Area”)
These trees are very beautiful and a true nature’s jewel, until the leaves drop and fall to the ground. Unfortunately, Mother Nature decides when the leaves fall, and some years the leaves drop late in the season and all at once. The “soft wood” trees drop their leaves the earliest. As the leaves fall, the Road Department devotes its entire staff to operate 5 crews during the leaf pickup season.
Each crew consists of two (2) full time employees and one (1) or two (2) part time/temporary employees. Early snowfalls and above average rain are two factors that spell trouble for leaf pickup. These attributes cause the leaves to become saturated and “heavy” to pick up, thus causing inefficiencies. Our preferred and most efficient method of picking up leaves is utilizing “vacuum tow behind” type of equipment. Recently, we hired private contractors with front loader buckets and dump trucks to assist our leaf pickup efforts. We are aware that it is frustrating waiting for your neighborhood pickup and appreciate your patience.
Leaf Pickup Hot Line 419-517-1620 (fall season only)
To report a street that has been missed by the snow plow operator, please call the following:
During business hours: 419-882-0031, extension 1503
After business hours: Police Dispatcher 419-882-2055
Sylvania Township Road Department’s top priorities in a snowstorm are plowing Township roadways and clearing fire department & police station parking lots, which may require several trips along the same route.
Snow plowed from roadways may end up blocking residential driveways. We recognize the inconvenience, however due to the nature of clearing snow covered roadways; we plow snow to the curb side of the street.
To reduce the amount of snow that might block your driveway, shovel an open area along the shoulder at the entrance (see illustration below). Plow blades will then push snow into the area just before your driveway, leaving a much smaller amount in front it.
Please heed the snow advisories and other warnings issued by the Township, county, or state agencies.
Remember bridges and ramps freeze first and may be especially difficult to navigate.
Never pass a snowplow or salt truck, especially a plow train! Plow trains are groups of trucks that form a line across the lanes to clear snow. Operators may not see you or your car may get caught on a snow-covered plow edge. In addition, driving will be much easier if you stay at least 25 feet, or three car lengths, behind the snow emergency vehicle.
Do not abandon your vehicle. The safest place to wait for help is in your car. If your car breaks down, move your vehicle as far off the roadway as possible and lift the hood. Try to leave a distress signal, such as a scarf, hanging from the window. Please remember, when you abandon your vehicle, it may be subject to towing, ticketing and/or a fine.
Remember, when shoveling snow from your driveway; create a pile away from the roadway. A good rule is to shovel to the right when facing the street. However, keep in mind that the important thing is not to shovel the snow onto an area that will simply be plowed back onto the driveway when the state, county or Township snowplows come through.
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