The season is upon us for falling leaves, and the City of Russellville is prepared to lend a hand to its citizens to help dispose of them the proper way.
The city will supply residents with clear leaf bags for picking up leaves in their yards only. The bags can be picked up free of charge at City Hall during business hours. City Hall is located off of Main Street. They will be picked up weekly by Scott Waste Management with a 10-bag limit per household per week.
It is against city ordinance to sweep, rake or blow leaves from your yard onto city streets. The leaf vacuum used by the city is used only to maintain curbs and gutters of city streets.
Mayor Mark Stratton wishes to remind all citizens in the city limits to be a good neighbor and properly dispose of your fallen leaves. Stratton says when citizens put their leaves in the street they increase the collection and overflow of storm water, adding to slippery street hazards in rain or snow that can cause localized flooding and pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle accidents.
Most people don’t realize that it is unlawful under city ordinance 2003-23 to rake your leaves in the city streets and sidewalks. The ordinance reads: It shall be unlawful for any person, group, firm, institution, or corporation of their agents to permit, keep, or maintain any vacant lot or other property within the city with weeds or grass growing upon same to a height of more percent each; than 12 inches or to keep trash refuse and debris or any description on any vacant lot or other property. Trash and refuse shall not be used in a restrictive sense, but shall include all unclean and useless material which is discarded and would otherwise tend to menace health, obstruct the streets and sidewalk and detract from the appearance of the property, including, but not limited to, such items as wasted paper, cardboard, ashes, metal cans and bottles. The intentional placing of the tree leaves in the city streets or sidewalks is considered to be a violation of this section.
Stratton said it is not his intention to fine citizens, but instead to inform them of the facts before a violation occurs. If you have any questions please contact the city at 270-726-5000. If you wish to pick up your leaf bags from the city, please bring a water bill to assure you live in the city limits.
On the third week Scott Waste picks up recycling, they will not pick up leaf bags, so only put the leaf bags out during regular trash pick up days. Please do not use dark color bags if possible.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.