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Leaf Pickup?

Has anyone seen a schedule for this yet (for Toledo)? I checked the city's site, and they say to check The Blade. But I couldn't find anything there either.

created by Chris99 on Oct 28, 2007 at 01:53:28 pm     Comments: 15

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"I checked the city's site, and they say to check The Blade."

I wonder what in the hell is the point of the city's new Web site then?

From the Alley, Street, Leaf & Snow page on the city's new site :

The Division of Streets, Bridges & Harbor provides for the annual pickup of fallen leaves. These leaves are collected and disposed of at a recycling center. Residents are asked to rake the leaves to the curb (or edge of roadway on streets shown as vacuum collection streets). Care should be taken to ensure that storm drains are kept free of leaves. The City of Toledo is broken down into collection districts based on ZIP Codes. Those areas that historically have the largest percentage of leaves are collected first. It is the desire of this Division to have completed one pickup in each zone prior to the first major snowfall. Notice of the collection dates are provided to various media outlets. Please feel free to contact us at

Any piles with brush, tree limbs or material other than leaves will not be collected. Limbs and brush should be set out for your weekly trash pickup. Limbs and brush should be bundled together not exceeding 6 feet or weighing more than 40 pounds. For more information on the weekly trash pickup please visit the Solid Waste web page.

please stop back for updates. Last updated September 11, 2007.

How frigging hard is it to maintain a leaf pickup schedule page?

Aug 3, 2007 Toledo Free Press story :

City Council approved a three-year contract with Communica to design and maintain the Web site at a total cost of $43,000. The city paid the company $20,000 in advance with a final payment of $23,000 due in 2008.

Getting our money's worth, eh?

All I know is the second (and last) pickup for our neighborhood (43613) has traditionally been just after Thanksgiving. This is the most important pickup for us, since the oak trees drop most of their leaves after the city's first leaf pickup, which is usually around the beginning of November.

A search of Google turned up this 2006 leaf collection schedule by zip code with an updated status for Nov 11, 2006. Screen shot of last year's schedule :

posted by jr on Oct 28, 2007 at 07:15:40 pm     #  

My predicted schedule, simply based upon last year's. Use at your own risk.

Zip CodeScheduled CurbedScheduled Uncurbed
4361310/29 - 10/3110/29 - 11/1
4362310/31 - 11/110/31 - 11/3
4361511/2 - 11/711/5 - 11/13
4361411/3 - 11/811/14 - 11/19
4360611/8 - 11/1511/13 - 11/20
4361211/12 - 11/1611/13 - 11/17
4361111/13 - 11/1711/17 - 11/20
4360411/15 - 11/1611/15
4360911/17 - 11/2111/26
4360711/19 - 11/2611/19 - 11/26
4360211/15 - 11/1611/21
4361011/19 - 11/2011/21
4362011/20 - 11/2611/21
4360511/27 - 11/2911/21 - 11/26
4360811/30 - 12/111/21 - 11/26
4361311/29 - 12/111/29 - 12/3
4362312/1 - 12/512/3 - 12/11
4361512/3 - 12/612/3 - 12/10
4361412/1 - 12/812/5 - 12/7
4360612/7 - 12/1212/6 - 12/11

posted by jr on Oct 28, 2007 at 07:40:23 pm     #  

I was curious to this as well. I noticed people around town putting leaves on the curb yesterday. But my leaves have barely fallen yet. I sent an email the address provided on the site.

On a side not I doubt its Communica responsibility to maintain the content on the city site. It's built on a CMS ( Content Management System ) which provides the city the ability to maintain there own site.

posted by transcom on Oct 29, 2007 at 08:51:53 am     #  

Ha--I just called the city, and they said leaf pickup starts November 5th. But they don't really have a schedule yet, so we'll just have to watch the news. How pathetic is that?

posted by Chris99 on Oct 29, 2007 at 08:52:15 am     #  

So my guesstimated schedule is off by a week.

posted by jr on Oct 29, 2007 at 11:05:19 am     #  


So quick to criticize Communica for the lack of a schedule, but when it's pointed out that the city hasn't finalized it yet, I don't see a retraction. The blame, as usual, seems to lie with the city failing to be ready for an easily predicted event. They can't get the road crews ready for snow storms with a weeks notice and they aren't ready with a leaf schedule despite the fact that they fall EVERY YEAR AT THE SAME TIME.

posted by MoreThanRhetoric on Oct 29, 2007 at 12:11:33 pm     #  

Show me where I or anyone said "this" was Communica's fault. Here is the link I provided for Alley, Street, Leaf & Snow. If you take the time to actually click on that link, it will take you to the City of Toledo Web site and not Communica's Web site. At the bottom of that Web page, it says, "Copyright 2007 by City of Toledo". See that? City of Toledo, not Communica. How could you not realize I was talking about the City of Toledo? I have no idea how transcom and MoreThanRhetoric jumped to someone blaming Communica.

I never mentioned Communica in my own words. The mention in my comment came from a Toledo Free Press story, and I referenced that news story not for Communica but for the money the city, I mean, the taxpayers paid for a new Web site that the city is not using to inform its citizens.

City Council approved a three-year contract with Communica to design and maintain the Web site at a total cost of $43,000. The city paid the company $20,000 in advance with a final payment of $23,000 due in 2008.

And my comment was related to Chris99's post that started this thread, which said :

I checked the city's site, and they say to check The Blade.

So I'll slow down now to make the point that I thought was implied in my first comment to this thread. Why pay $43,000 for a new Web site when the Web site says check the Blade?

I also said, "Getting our money's worth, eh?" I wasn't talking about Communica. Remember, the city works for the citizens who are suppose to be the bosses. The city took or will take $43,000 of our money to build a new Web site for us. We, the bosses, obviously approved this expenditure. And now it's go-time and that Alley, Street, Leaf & Snow page says, "Last updated September 11, 2007."

If the city has this much trouble formulating and disseminating a leaf pickup schedule on its new Web site, how much confidence can a citizen have in the city handling the really big, important issues?

And believe me, I know that designing, developing, and maintaining the application code differs from providing content. This comment is content. But it gets stored and retrieved by code.

I have never thought nor said Communica would be the content providers for the new City of Toledo Web site. Why would anyone think Communica would be providing the content? So a retraction for what? For living in Toledo?

posted by jr on Oct 29, 2007 at 05:38:09 pm     #  

It's way too early to collect leaves around here. Leaves haven't changed color yet let alone start to fall.

posted by deere1 on Oct 29, 2007 at 07:54:56 pm     #  

Sure have been falling around South and Broadway.

posted by oldsendbrdy on Oct 29, 2007 at 08:50:31 pm     #  

We've got some leaves, but we're nowhere near our peak in terms of what we will have. My concern is that they come around for pick-ups before all the leaves have fallen...

posted by MaggieThurber on Oct 30, 2007 at 07:56:50 am     #  

We've got a bunch of trees. I swear, once it gets to mid-October they could come around about once a week and have enough work to do.

posted by Chris99 on Oct 30, 2007 at 09:48:12 am     #  

the response I received via email for 43606.

"Your zip code area is scheduled for leaf pick-up for Nov 17th to Dec 1st. Curbed streets will begin on Nov 17th and end on Nov 27th. Un-curbed streets will begin Nov 19th and end on Dec 1st."

posted by transcom on Oct 30, 2007 at 10:07:25 am     #  

Not all species of trees shed leaves at the same time. One of the very last is the Bradford Pear. It is a fast-growing shade tree with pretty white blossoms in spring. The fruit it bears is pea-sized and is not edible by wildlife or humans.
I advise against planting these mainly for another reason. When they get around twenty years old they develop cracks in the crotch where the primary branches form at the trunk. Then a branch will drop off from its own dead weight, posing a danger to anything below it. Ultimately, we had our tree removed.

posted by flinty on Nov 03, 2007 at 09:18:17 am     #  

Yeah, we have one of those. Used to have two, but some fifty-sixty mph winds took the one down.

posted by Darkseid on Nov 03, 2007 at 05:46:58 pm     #  

The tree removal service came out to cut it up, and the guy told me they're a 'dry' tree inside-not much sap flowing, I guess-I've noticed that whwen pruning. Therefore more susceptible to high winds.

posted by Darkseid on Nov 03, 2007 at 05:48:52 pm     #