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Fort Wayne leaf crews head north

Statement as issued Tuesday by the city of Fort Wayne:

Fort Wayne, Ind. – City crews will move to northside neighborhoods beginning tomorrow, Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 7:00 a.m. Leaf collection was originally to begin in the north part of the City next Monday, but crews are ahead of schedule with only a few southside neighborhoods to be completed Thursday morning.

Being ahead of schedule will not cause missed pick-ups for those northern residents who were planning to have their leaves out next Monday. Several northside residents have already placed their leaves at the curb and crews will pick those up earlier that anticipated, but the neighborhoods will be revisited beginning Monday.

"It appears that because of the cooler temperatures, rain and heavy wind in recent weeks, many residents have postponed raking and placing their leaves at the curb so far this year," said Bob Kennedy, Director of Public Works for the City of Fort Wayne. "That could mean we will need more than five days in each section on our second pass.”

Fort Wayne’s leaf pick-up schedule goes through each neighborhood twice during a seven-week period. Residents can track progress online at http://www.cityoffortwayne.org/leaves. The page is updated each afternoon and pinpoints not only the section of town crews are working, but the exact neighborhoods. Additionally, residents can call the leaf pick-up hotline, 427-2302 to get daily updates.

Residents are asked to have their leaves at the curb by 7:00 a.m. Monday on their scheduled collection week. Residents who bag their leaves in biodegradable leaves can call 311 for pick-up. A pick-up for the bagged leaves will be scheduled within two business days.

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