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Meeting Date: 10/02/2017  
Topic:    2017 Leaf Collection Presentation
From: Arlyn Johnson
Department: Administration  
Presenter: Arlyn Johnson

Fall Leaf Collection Presentation - Arlyn R. Johnson, Asst. Village Manager/Director of Public Works
Background Information:
The Public Works Department provides annual leaf collection within the urban areas of the Village on streets with concrete curb and gutter and storm sewer systems. Leaf collection within these urban areas is provided by the Village as a proactive way to keep leaves from collecting in and obstructing the storm water drainage systems which could cause flooding within these areas.

The annual leaf pickup program begins by mid October and ends in late November. The deadline for placing leaves in the street is SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017.  Do not place leaves in the street beyond this deadline.

The leaf pickup program is exclusively for leaves only and does not include brush, yard waste or other debris. The Village disposes of the leaves that are collected through a composting process. As part of this process, the leaves break-down and decompose into a rich black material that is mixed with topsoil and used by the Village in lawn restoration work. To speed up the composting process, the Village turns and mixes the leaf piles with mechanical equipment. If brush and debris are mixed in with the leaves during collection, the equipment used to turn the piles for composting tends to repeatedly jamb and plug up. As a result, it’s important to keep the leaf piles collected by the Village free of brush and other yard debris.

Village crews will collect the leaves utilizing leaf pushers and specially modified garbage trucks.  Do not bag the leaves or place them in any type of container.  Leaves should be piled in the parking lane on the street next to the curb and gutter.  Leaf collection by the Village will continue until the majority of the leaves within the streets are removed.

For reasons stated above, any material, other than leaves, that is placed in or along the street will not be picked up by the Village. If leaf piles adjacent to a property are found to contain brush or other yard debris, a notice will be provided directing the property owner to remove the non-compliant debris from the right-of-way within a 48 hour period.

Failure to remove brush, yard waste or other debris placed in or along the street is a violation of Village Ordinance 82-66 and may result in the issuance of a municipal citation in the amount of $109.00. You may contact the Village of Menomonee Falls at (262) 532-4200 for information on obtaining a free Yard Waste Permit that allows Village residents to dispose of brush and/or yard waste material at the Waste Management Orchard Ridge Compost Facility located at W124 N9355 Boundary Road.
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Leaf Collection Presentation 2017


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