Leaves are really pretty this time of year — as long as they are actually on trees and haven’t deposited themselves in a two-foot pile in front of your basement door.
I’m very familiar with the latter scenario, as the entrance to my humble abode is at the foot of a basement stairwell.
With the wind storm last week, I had a leaf problem in front of my door.
BUT the wind was conveniently blowing to the south, so I used my accumulated years of wisdom to do myself a favor. On the last night of the storm, I carried out all of those leaves to the southern edge of the property and gave them away to the wind. I know, you’re thinking that was a pretty mean thing to do to my neighbors. Well, my neighbor to the south happens to be the Missouri River, so I didn’t hear any complaints.
The result is that I have way fewer leaves in front of my door, and the whole thing made me feel kind of smart. It’s the little things that count.
On a related note, I’m on a mailing list for the City of Kalispell in Montana. As you recall, it’s where former Yankton City Manager Doug Russell is now employed.
I got the following public service announcement from the city today:
City street crews are preparing for fall leaf removal.
Residents and business operators are encouraged to rake the leaves from the boulevard onto the street approximately two feet away from the curb. Vehicles must be removed from curbsides during leaf pickup operations.
Avenues will be done on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Streets will be done on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Outlying residential areas will be done daily. City Street personnel will make every effort to remove leafs as quickly as possible.
Please do not put rocks, dirt, cans, bottles, branches and items of this nature in the leaf piles because they may cause bodily injury and damage to machinery.
Wouldn’t that be a convenient service?
Now, as someone who watches Yankton city government quite closely, I know they are working with very limited funds. A service like this would cost some money, and I don’t know that city taxpayers are all that interested in leaf removal. It’s one of those things that you think would be kind of awesome to have but could easily live without. I’ll be honest, if I was ranking spending priorities, this wouldn’t rank very high on the list.
However, it would be interesting to know what such a service would cost and if there is much public interest.