Winter weather delays leaf pick up

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Piles of leaves sit on the streets of Kettering.

Krystyna King lives on Tahitian Place.

She says they’ve been there since the beginning of December.

“What happened was, this was going to be the last pick up on December 6th and then we had that major snowstorm.  But, in my opinion, I think there were several periods when there was pretty decent weather when this had melted and dried up that they had the opportunity to clean this up,” explains King.

She says, not only is it an eye sore, but it is also ruining lawns.

“I’ve invested to live in the City of Kettering.  I pay my taxes as a homeowner.  The expectation from the city is that I maintain my property, in terms of mowing my lawn, maintaining my trees, my yard,” explains King.

Kettering’s City Manager Mark Schwieterman says it’s been one of the worst winters in the city’s history and it’s difficult to keep up.

“We’ve been battling, obviously snow and ice, followed by some potholes and then it snowed very early in the year, late November, so we ended up being not completed with leaf pick up before the snow fell,” explains Schwieterman.

He says safety is the top priority.

Crews are constantly working to keep the streets clear.

“So, when it’s snowing we don’t worry about leaf pick up anymore, we worry about snow removal and ice removal.  Because obviously, that’s the most important thing at that time in regards to safety.  After it’s done, snow and the temperatures have stalled a little bit, then we have the potholes.  What we’ve been doing, really, all winter season when the weather breaks a little bit, we’ve been using limited resources for leaf pickup,” says Schwieterman.

A spring leaf clean up is scheduled for April 14 where crews will go to every street in the city and pick up the leaves.

If residents do not want to wait, they can drop off their leaves at the yard debris center.

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