Falling Leaves?

A warm Autumn has led to smaller piles of leaves around Salina, as homeowners wait to round up leaves that have yet to fall.

Salina City Manager Jason Gage stopped by the KSAL Morning News on Tuesday and says crews may have to rethink curbside leaf collection this year.

“Typically by now you’ve had a freeze or two and the leaves are falling pretty heavily and the timing just right,” Gage said.

“If you wait too long you might get caught by a snow and not be able to pick up any leaves as well.”

Gage told listeners he has been exploring options with city crews about the possibility of circling back to some areas if conditions allow.

“We’re going to look and see and we may adapt and see if we can get most of them still. We may have to go back through, we’re kind of talking about that right now.”

Crews began picking up leaves in Zone 1, on November 2nd and will wrap up that phase on November 13th.

Zone 1 is all of the city south of Republic Avenue.

Zone 2, scheduled for pickup from November 16th through 27th, is designated as homes between Crawford and Republic Avenue.

Leaves in Zone 3, between Iron Avenue and Crawford Street, will be collected from November 30th to December 11th.

Crews will pick up leaves in Zone 4, all of the city north of Iron Avenue, from December 14th to December 31st.
City officials advise homeowners to rake and pile leaves between the curb and sidewalk.

If no sidewalk exists, pile leaves directly behind the curb.