The City’s annual residential leaf pick up program began today, November 30, to help clear the large amount of fallen leaves in our neighborhoods. The City picks up the leaves to help citizens with this seasonal chore of removing leaves from their property. This also keeps leaves from collecting around the storm drains which can cause flooding.
Residents are reminded to rake their leaves to the curb, and not to bag them. No tree limbs, brush or rocks should be included in the piles. Leaves should not be raked into the street, as they may clog the storm drains, and it could cause the City’s street sweeping truck to bypass that area. Please do not place leaf piles over water meters (manhole covers). Doing so may cause Missouri-American Water to estimate your water usage, instead of recording the exact amount for billing purposes.
To address all areas of Joplin, the City utilizes two crews which start in outlying areas and work their way toward the center of Joplin. As the crews work in opposite areas, they move toward the middle of town to complete the program. To help residents know the general order of neighborhood locations, the City has created a map with neighborhood sections numbered indicating the order of the crews’ work areas. The map can be found on the City’s website at www.joplinmo.org/LeafPickup19 . Map areas labeled S1 through S5 are the areas the Streets crews will be working. Neighborhoods marked P1 through P5 identifies the Parks crew’s areas. Crews will move through these areas in sequence.
The first neighborhoods that Streets crews will be working is the Silver Creek, Highlands, and Woodland Hills areas (S1). The Parks crew begins south of 32nd Street and west of Main Street (P1) Crews will progress through the sections in chronological order until all of the City has been canvassed. Weather permitting, this collection could take at least one month or longer.
For more information call 624-0820 ext. 501 or 566, or the Parks Department at 627-8879.