TOPEKA (WIBW) – The leaves are falling, and City of Topeka workers want to remind residents to help keep City streets clean this season. Accumulated leaves and debris is unsightly, and debris that ends up in street gutters impedes the flow of water into the storm water convergence system. Street sweeping can remove the debris, but the process can be costly and slow. Leaf season often quadruples the City’s sweeping costs, due to additional fuel costs and wear and tear on vehicles and equipment.
“With six sweepers, sweeping at around 5 miles per hour, having to make multiple passes when heavy debris is present can make sweeping the 1532 lane miles of street four times a year extremely challenging,” Transportation Operations Director Ron Raines said. “Factoring in the large piles that get swept, raked, or blown to the curb line, can make it impossible.”
Further, City Ordinance establishes placing any debris in the street as unlawful. Property owners are responsible for maintaining the public right of way adjacent to and contiguous to their property.
Residents talking the initiative to clean up the leaves in the curb line will reduce the City’s operational costs and allow it a better chance to achieve annual sweeping performance goals – and what a re-leaf that would be!
Another way to help? Encourage neighbors to help neighbors. If you see some poor sap, you might go out on a limb to help. We hope raking is very poplar this season.