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Leaf Collection
2014 Leaf Collection Schedule

The annual Leaf Collection Program is conducted during a six-week period beginning October 27, 2014. The following table provides an overview of the pickup dates. Additionally, the attached map shows the scheduled pickup dates and the streets/quadrants in the City. 

Quadrant Pick-up Weeks
Northeast Week of October 27, November 10, November 24
Southeast Week of November 3, November 17, December 1
Southwest Week of October 27, November 10, November 24
Northwest Week of November 3, November 17, December 1

Leaf Collection trucks may collect leaves before the scheduled dates listed above. Do not be alarmed. Schedules will be maintained for the Quadrants as listed above during the Leaf Collection Program.
 
Private Streets/Private Condominium Developments

Due to the size of the leaf collection equipment and the potential to damage private property, the City’s leaf collection program will pick up leaves ONLY along the City’s publicly maintained streets. Therefore, residents living on private streets or within private condominium developments will need to place their leaves along the tree lawn area of the public street closest to their private street entrance. 

Program Details

To coordinate a timely and efficient City-wide leaf collection program, the community has been divided into quadrants (northeast, southeast, northwest, southwest) (see map). Each quadrant will receive leaf pickup services three times during the six-week program. 

Guidelines

To participate in this program, residents are required rake their leaves to the edge of the street prior to the scheduled pickup date. Residents must place their leaves near the street edge no later than 7:00 am on the Monday of their scheduled pickup week. Due to the volume of leaves and the logistics of collecting leaves along every street in the scheduled quadrant, the leaves will be picked up between Monday and Sunday of the scheduled week.  Please be patient and do not contact the Hudson Public Works Department concerning missed leaf pickup unless your leaves have not been picked up during your scheduled leaf pickup week.

Please follow these guidlines to ensure leaf pickup services may continue to operate quickly, safely, and efficiently:

Do’s
  • DO place leaves in the tree lawn area - parallel to the street. (Please see attached photos for proper placement.)
  • DO remove temporary/portable basketball hoops off of the street and away from the curb or edge of the pavement. These items protrude into the path of the leaf vacuum machines and will cause damage to the machine and the basketball hoop system. The City will not be responsible for any damage caused to the basketball hoop system.
Don’ts
  • DON’T place leaves in the street or in the curb/gutter area. Placing leaves in the street will obstruct the flow of storm water runoff during rain events AND cause street flooding. Leaves placed in the street WILL NOT be collected until they have been placed behind the curb or edge of pavement.
  • DON’T place leaves on the edge of the street after the City crews have gone by. If you do, your leaves will not be picked up until the next scheduled pickup date.
  • DON’T place leaves in the storm water ditch. If you have a storm water ditch in your front or side yard, place the leaves as close as you can to the street edge.
  • DON’T INCLUDE ANY DEBRIS SUCH AS GARDEN MATERIALS, BRUSH, TREE BRANCHES AND TWIGS, GRASS CLIPPINGS, CANS, PAPER, BOTTLES, CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, ETC . These foreign materials cause damage to equipment and cause injury to the leaf collection personnel. Leaf piles that do have any these materials mixed in with leaves WILL NOT be collected.
  • DON’T place leaves on the street edge earlier than the weekend of your scheduled pickup week.
  • DON’T place leaves behind obstacles such as: parked vehicles, trees, mailboxes, fire hydrants, streetlights, etc.
  • DON’T park your vehicle on the street during your scheduled week for leaf pickup.


Landscape Repair Policy


General

The City does not repair or replace landscaped areas or lawns damaged by leaves that are placed on the tree lawn or berm area by the property owner or landscaper working for the property owner during the annual leaf pickup program.

During the course of the leaf removal operations, a City truck or leaf vacuum unit may get off the edge of the pavement such that a tire may cause minor damage to the area adjacent to the pavement edge. This area, traditionally known as the berm area, gets rutted by many vehicles such as school buses, cars, mail trucks, and delivery trucks. For that reason, the City does not accept responsibility for incidental damages of the berm area. In general, the berm is directly adjacent to the edge of the roadway, approximately 3 feet to 6 feet wide.

However, should a City truck or leaf vacuum unit cause severe damage to a lawn or a landscaped area beyond the berm area, the city will repair/replace the affected area to the condition it was prior to the damage. The City inspector will be the sole judge of defining severe damage. The repair work for damaged areas will commence as weather permits the following year.

Reporting a Damage Claim

Please report severe lawn damage beyond the normal berm area as soon as possible using our City's website. On the home page you will see a section called "Report a Concern." Click on that section and scroll down to the "Streets" category where you will see "Leaf Program Concerns/Questions" or call the Public Works Department at (330) 342-1750 and provide the following information: name, address, phone number, location of damage, and incident date regarding the damage. All damage claims must be reported by January 1. Claims received after this date may not be processed.

  • Once a claim is reported, a representative from the Public Works Department will visit the site to verify the claim. If the claim is valid as determined by the City inspector's report, then the work will be completed in the spring. If the claim is not valid, the work will not be completed by the City. In either case, the claimant will be notified as to the status of their claim.
  • The restoration work for all valid damage claims will be done as weather permits between April 1st and July 1st.