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Leaf pickup program adds dropoff location

Annual Forest Grove rounds begin Sunday

Photo Credit: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: DOUG BURKHARDT - Autumn leaves are beginning to fall, and the city of Forest Grove is about to launch its 2014 leaf pickup program.A central leaf dropoff location is a new addition to the annual City of Forest Grove leaf pickup program this fall.

The dropoff site, located at the east end of 22nd Avenue east of Yew Street, will be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on three days — Nov. 22, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20 — giving residents “another tool for disposal of leaves and small limbs,” according to a press release from Bev Maughan, executive assistant to Forest Grove City Manager Michael Sykes.

“Changes to the program are a direct result [of] concerns voiced by residents at a recent [city] council meeting,” noted the release.

Citizens using the dropoff site should comply with the following guidelines:

n No commercial hauling will be accepted.

n Only current Forest Grove residents who show valid ID and/or a Forest Grove utility bill statement will be allowed to dump.

n Tree limbs must be 6 inches or less in diameter.

n No bagged leaves, grass, construction debris or manufactured wood.

n Residents are responsible for unloading their vehicle. City officials will not unload vehicles and will not have equipment available.

The leaf pickup program, which begins Oct. 26 on the east side of Forest Grove and moves to a different area of the city each week (see map, Page A14), is funded by surface water fees collected through city utility bills. “The purpose of the leaf pickup is to prevent leaves from clogging the storm drain system and causing flooding or other maintenance problems,” according to the news release.

A copy of the pickup schedule was included with October utility bills and is available online at forestgrove-or.gov/leafpickup. City officials are asking residents to adhere to dates on the schedule to prevent obstuction of the streets with leaf piles.

Maughan’s communication also included the following advisory, in bold letters: “Please be advised that piles of leaves in the street are tempting to young kids to play in and motorists to drive through. Parents, please inform your children of the dangers of playing in or around roadways at all times and encourage street smarts and safety with your family and neighbors.”

For answers to questions about the leaf pickup program or dropoff site, call the city’s Public Works Department at 503-992-3258.

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