Hudson's leaf pickup program behind schedule

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Hudson's leaf pickup program is running about three days behind schedule due to Hurricane Sandy and a large number of leaves.

City crews worked over the weekend to help catch up.

"Although a bit behind schedule, we will pick up your leaves," the city said on its website.

The city's annual leaf program will run through Dec. 3.

The leaf pickup schedule uses state routes 91 and 303 to divide the city into four quadrants. Each quadrant will have leaves picked up three times during the six-week period. Residents must rake their leaves to the edge of the street no later than 7 a.m. on the Monday of their pickup week. Those living on private streets or within private developments will need to place their leaves along the tree lawn area of the public street closest to their private street entrance.

The city was scheduled to pick up leaves in the northeast and southwest portions of the city this week.

The city quadrants and scheduled pickup dates include: northeast, Nov. 26; southeast, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3; southwest, Nov. 26; and northwest, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3.

Due to the size of the leaf collection equipment and the potential to damage private property, the city's leaf collection program will pick up leaves only along the city's publicly maintained streets. Residents living on private streets or within private condominium developments will need to place their leaves along the tree lawn area of the public street closest to their private street entrance.

The city asks residents to remove temporary/portable basketball hoops off of the street and away from the curb or edge of the pavement. These items protrude into path of the leaf vacuum machines and will cause damage to the machine and the basketball hoop system.

Don't include any debris such as garden materials, brush, tree branches and twigs, grass clippings, cans, paper, bottles, construction materials, etc. These foreign materials cause damage to equipment and cause injury to the leaf collection personnel. Leaf piles that do have any these materials mixed in with leaves will not be collected. Don't park vehicles on the street during the scheduled week for leaf pickup. For more information, visit www.hudson.oh.us.

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