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From the Desk of Mineola Mayor Jack Martins - November 6, 2009

Leaf Season Is Here

Leaf removal season will officially begin on Monday, Nov. 2. It is anticipated that leaf removal season will be completed by mid-December. Residents are reminded that loose leaves should be kept separate from household waste and they should be placed in plastic bags at the curb for collection. The Village of Mineola Sanitation Department will be collecting leaf bags on Mondays and on each refuse collection day. There is a 10-bag limit for each collection day.

The schedule of leaf collection by the Sanitation Department is as follows:

Monday/Thursday Garbage Collection Schedule

Up to 10 leaf bags may be placed at the curb in front of each home on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Tuesday/Friday Garbage Collection Schedule

Up to 10 leaf bags may be placed at the curb in front of each home on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

The Highway Department leaf removal crews will also begin making their way through our streets, generally following the street sweeper routes. The Highway Department crews remove fallen leaves from the street trees to keep our streets clean and safe. Please do not rake leaves into the street because it slows the crews attempting to clean our streets. In addition, placing leaves in the street creates a potential fire hazard for parked vehicles and also creates a flood hazard by clogging our storm water drainage basins during periods of rain.

Residents are reminded that if they employ a landscape contractor to remove their leaves, the contractor is responsible to remove the leaves and not place them in the street. In most cases, residents are already paying their landscape contractors for this service. During leaf removal season, village enforcement staff will be checking that landscape contractors are not dumping in the streets and will be issuing summonses if necessary.

With the abundance of trees in our village, fallen leaves will be plentiful. Every effort will be made to service your area as quickly as possible. However, as the volume of leaves increases, there will be times the Highway Department crews will be unable to complete each route, each day. If this occurs, the crews will begin where they left off on a previous day. The village board and I ask that our residents be patient as our crews proceed through the routes.

If you have any questions regarding leaf season, please call village hall at 746-0750 or the Department of Public Works at 746-0753.