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Oswego Suspends Leaf Pick-up Program for This Year

Dec 06, 2016 08:07PM ● Published by Steven Jack

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Oswego officials say Mother Nature is to blame for the suspension of the this year's free leaf collection through the village's Public Works Department. 

According to Jennifer Hughes, the village's public works director, last weekend's snow fall and a coming cold snap will now make it impossible for village crews to finish collecting leaves that residents have raked to the parkway in anticipation of pickup from the village.

Hughes said crews had been working overtime through wet weather in recent days to complete the pickup. But With more snow predicted for this weekend, Hughes also said village trucks used to collect the leaves will need to be converted to snow plows. 

"Leaves have fallen later this year ... and with the snow fall our vacuums just won't be able pick up the leaves that are left out there ... the reality is we just won't be able to pick up the leaves left in the yards." Hughes said. 

Hughes said piles of leaves that have made their way into the street will be pickup by a village end-loader so that snow plows don't cause the piles to be pushed further into streets. 

"We'll do the best we can to get the leaves out of the street," she said.

Residents may choose to rake their leaves into a lawn bag, but would need to store them until the spring, as lawn bag pick-up has also finished for the year, Hughes said.

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