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City Clarifies Right-of-Way Leaf Removal Policy
October 10, 2017




In Leavenworth, WA they call this type of scene the "Autumn Leaf Festival." Around here, some residents call all these leaves a pain in the you know what.
(SNOHOMISH, WA.) -- The Snohomish Public Works Dept. has issued a statement clarifying the city's position on cleaning up leaf debris on city streets and rights-of-way during the Fall season.

During the fall season a large amount of leaves fall on streets and private property throughout the city and over the years the City’s Public Works Department has helped residents in "the leaf removal process" for a number of reasons including traffic safety, water quality protection, and localized flood control.

In the new statement issued by the city, residents are reminded they are not permitted to deposit their leaves in City right-of-ways or on City streets.

In areas of "dense accumulations of leaves" during the fall months (typically October, November and December), the City’s Public Works Department, with its limited staffing, will attempt to "help pick-up the accumulation of leaves on a weekly basis."

How and when

During leaf season, each week on Tuesday mornings the City of Snohomish Public Works crew will use available fleet equipment  to remove the excess piles of leaf debris. City Public Works crews are only available for leaf removal one day per week during leaf season due to limited staff and other pressing seasonal maintenance duties.

"In addition to our leaf removal policy, the Public Works Department contracts with a private street sweeping service for normal street sweeping services throughout the year," according to Mike Johnson, Public Works Services Manager. "All City streets are swept in their entirety every 5 to 7 weeks. This means that all City streets are swept a minimum of 7 times per year. Please be patient, the sweeper will be by soon."

If an emergency situation arises elsewhere in the City and Public Works crews are pulled away from leaf removal duty, they will return to normal leaf removal duties as soon as staff is available.

If you have questions please contact Mike Johnson, Public Works Services Manager at 360-568-7070, ext. 238 or at johnsonm@snohomishwa.gov.





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