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The City of Zanesville provides a service that helps its citizens and helps comply with a state requirement.
At Monday's City Council, members passed an ordinance that allows the city to implement storm water quality regulations. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency mandates, through the MS-4 Storm Water Program, that the city must do their best to control erosion, sediment and other items away from storm sewers. Leaf collection is one way to comply.
"It's for us to improve our discharge from our streams into receiving streams or the Muskingum River," said Public Service Director Mike Sims. "Leaf debris is one thing, sediments, oils and grease are other items that are addressed in that plan, so this is just one step to help keep our storm sewer systems clean."
Leaf collection in the city will start in Wards 1-2 November 7th and will rotate throughout the other wards until December 12th. Sims asks that citizens rake leaves between the curb and the sidewalk for pickup.
"Please do not rake your leaves into the street," warned Sims. "That causes problems with our storm sewers and once we get a freeze or ice or wet conditions the leaves stick to the pavement. It makes it difficult for our leaf machines to pick the leaves up.
Like last year, Zemba Brothers will take the leaves and mix it with their compost to create top soil.
The following is a list of all leaf collection days for each ward.
November 7-8-9: Wards 1-2
November 13-14: Wards 3-4
November 15-16-19-20-21: Wards 5-6
November 26-27-28: Wards 1-2
November 29-30 December 3-4: Wards 3-4
December 5-6-7-10-11-12: Wards 5-6