The annual Leaf Collection Program was established in Sikeston to address the problem of leaves clogging up storm sewers, according to Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator.
That purpose, however, is defeated to a great extent when leaves are pushed out past the curb into the gutters and street, Hardy said.
In some areas around the city, huge piles of leaves are piled in the gutters, he said.
To assist city crews with the collection of their leaves, residents should note when their collection period begins and wait to move leaves to the curb until their collection week to prevent the leaves from blowing into the street.
Once their collection week begins, residents are asked to place their leaves on the back of the curb -- not in the gutter. Also, leaves should be placed no further than four feet in the yard as the collection tube may not be able to reach them if placed too far from the curb.
As always, no limbs or trash should be mixed with the leaves.
The second round of collection began this week in District 1 and 5 and will continue through Friday. Leaves will be collected in District 2 and 6 Monday through Dec. 8; in District 3 and 7 Dec. 11-15; and in District 4 and 8 Dec. 18-21.
Maps of the leaf collection districts are available at City Hall. The map along with the collection schedule can also be found on the Web site, www.sikeston.org.
For more information on the leaf collection program, visit the Web site or call City Hall at 471-2174.