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Township leaf pick up will be a clean sweep

October 13, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
One of the issues that was discussed at Monday's Canfield Township Trustees meeting was the new leaf pickup program. Beginning Oct. 24, the entire township will be getting curbside leaf pickup.

According to township administrator Keith Rogers, about two years ago the township tried a leaf pickup program in a limited area to see if it were feasible. This year, the program was developed and for the first time ever, all township residents will receive the service.

“We are renting a garbage truck and one of our public works employees will drive it,” Rogers said. “We will handle the program in house.”

The public works department has divided the township into four quadrants using Ohio 46 and U.S. 224 as the border lines. On Monday Oct. 24 and 31, the northwest quadrant will be picked up. On Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, the northeast quadrant will be serviced. The southwest quadrant will be picked up on Wednesday, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Finally, Thursdays have been set aside for the southeast quadrant.

Rogers said leaves will have to be placed in proper leaf bags available at most major home improvement stores. He said the township has received 3,000 bags through a Green Team grant and those will be given out to residents.

“Each resident with a driver’s license can stop by and get five free leaf bags,” Rogers said.

The bags need to be placed near the road or at the end of a drive by 8 a.m. on day of pickup for that quadrant. The Public Works employees will then make the rounds.

For leaves that make their way into the sewer system, the township has a Vactor truck. This is a truck that is used to clean debris from storm sewer catch basins and lines.

“The township bought it for cleaning and maintaining storm sewers,” Rogers said. “We will be implementing a storm sewer clean out program that will hopefully reduce our flooding issues stemming from sewer clogs.”

The trustees wanted to ensure the safety of township employees, so the two full-time people and the lone part-timer all took a course in Vactor techniques and safety. Rogers said part of the training involved safety under ground.

When a person goes into a sewer catch basin for maintenance purposes, the must wear a harness and be tethered for emergency removal. Rogers said in some cases a sewer may have waste in it that could create deadly methane gas. The tether allows another crew member to pull their fellow employee out of the sewer and into fresh air.

“Our two full-time and one part-time Public Works employees are now all certified in Vactor operations,” Rogers said.

Trustees also gave approval for the purchase of the needed safety equipment for the Vactor truck and for the confined space safety equipment.

In other business:

• Trustees approved front suspension and brake repairs to the townships 2006 Ford F-350 pick up and tire replacement for the 2008 F-350 dump truck.

• Do to a schedule conflict, the next township meetings was moved to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.


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