Leaf collection in Sylvania Township has begun, but early progress has been slow, according to Rob Nash, superintendent of the township road and service department.
Not slow for lack of effort, but slow for lack of leaves.
Unusually warm weather, with the right amount of rain has kept the leaves contentedly clinging to their branches, in many cases still fully green, he said.
As a general rule, he said, crews prefer an early leaf drop in order to avoid freezing rain or snow which is more likely toward the end of the annual pickup.
Not only is bad weather unpleasant to work in, but wet and sometimes frozen piles of leaves are difficult to pick up and are hard on the machinery used in the task.
The department intends to make three sweeps of the township’s 177.64 miles of road.
It can take about 17 days for crews to complete one cycle through the township.
Their progress can be followed daily on the road department section of the Sylvania Township website. It displays a township map with 23 grids. An accompanying chart designates which grids have been completed. Information is also available on a recorded message at 419-517-1620.
Leaves should be piled at the roadside, but not in the roadway and should not be in bags.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Published: October 15,2021
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