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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Leaf collection service halted

  • The city of Leavenworth's leaf collection service has come to temporary halt because of mechanical problems with the vehicles used in the program, a city spokeswoman said.
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  • The city of Leavenworth's leaf collection service has come to temporary halt because of mechanical problems with the vehicles used in the program, a city spokeswoman said.
    Melissa Bower, public information officer for the city, said one of the two trucks used for the program broke down late Thursday. And the other vehicle broke down Friday.
    City officials hope to have both of the trucks back in service by early next week.
    The city has been collecting raked leaves in the northern half of the city this month. City officials alternate the leaf pick-up program each year between the northern and southern halves of Leavenworth. This year, city workers are picking up leaves in areas north of Spruce Street.
    While the trucks are out of service, residents in northern Leavenworth can bag their leaves for regular trash pickup, or they can drop off the leaves at the city's Brush Site, 1803 S. Second St., between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
    "It's free to dump your leaves at the Brush Site," Bower said.
    She said leaves dropped off at the Brush Site don't need to be bagged.
    Leaves brought to the site will be turned into compost.
    Bower said updates about the leaf collection program will be posted to the city's Facebook page and Twitter account and the government access channel, cable channel 2.
    The leaf collection program began as a citywide service in 2008. At that time, the goal was to pass through the entire city to pick up leaves. In 2010, city officials decided to focus only on one half of Leavenworth each year.
    Bower said this year's leaf collection effort began Nov. 4. But at that time, there weren't very many leaves to collect, so officials waited to resume the program until last week.
    While dropping off leaves at the Brush Site is free to residents, the city charges commercial companies a fee for disposing of leaf material. City commissioners will discuss a request to drop the fee for commercial companies when they meet Tuesday.
    City staff members are recommending the fee remain in place, according to information being providing for Tuesday's meeting.
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