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La Salle Mayor Jeff Grove discusses how well the city’s leaf-burning ban has been implemented over the past two months. Since burning is no longer allowed within the city, residents are being asked to use alternatives to get rid of leaves, such as the city’s leaf vacuum service or the city’s lawn waste drop-off site near Rockwell Cemetery.
After roughly two months La Salle residents are starting to catch on to the city’s leaf burning ban, city officials say. “I think it’s going well,” said Mayor Jeff Grove. “It’s a work in progress.” In August the La Salle City Council ended months of debate on the topic by voting 6-2 in favor of banning the burning of leaves within city limits with the exception of areas zoned for agriculture. Permits to burn are available in special circumstances. Fire chief Andy Bacidore said he has only issued one such permit, although there have been three requests. “We talked about alternative options and they were OK with that,” Bacidore said of those who were denied permits. Some of those alternatives are using the city’s leaf vacuum service, bagging leaves and lawn waste for garbage collection and taking lawn waste to the city’s new drop-off site near Rockwell Cemetery. Grove said some have had difficulty finding the drop-off site. Open until 3 p.m. on weekdays, the site is located on Eagle Drive, the former quarry access road, along the eastern edge of the cemetery. Lawn waste deposited there will be moved near the city’s nearby public works building, where the lawn waste will be allowed to decompose. Grove said he plans to keep the drop-off site open, along with leaf vacuum service, until Dec. 1. Both services will likely resume for a period in the spring, he said. Police chief Rob Uranich said he believes fewer people are burning leaves in town since the ban took effect, although police have had to visit a few residents. “Typically, if they’re just burning leaves they’re given a verbal warning,” Uranich said. Eventually police will be giving out tickets, he said. While the leaf burning ban is relatively new, it has long been against city ordinance to burn other waste, particularly garbage and building materials. “We’re finding a lot of people didn’t realize what the existing ban was,” Bacidore said, adding that he had some residents request burning permits for garbage. Uranich said a few people already have been issued tickets this fall for burning trash. Those looking for leaf burning alternatives can consider these options: Leaf vacuum: The city’s leaf vacuum truck has begun service. The schedule is 4th Ward on Mondays, 3rd Ward on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (leaves should be raked near sidewalk by Tuesday), 2nd Ward on Thursdays, and 1st Ward on Fridays. If it rains on a pick-up day, the leaves will be picked up the following week. The city’s garbage contractor, IV Waste, will collect leaf/lawn bags on Mondays throughout the city. Residents must call IV Waste, (866) 875-2293 to be on the collection list. Leaf/lawn bags also must have a sticker on them. The stickers can be purchased at Sav-A-Lot, Illinois Valley Food and Deli and Herrcke Hardware for $2.25. To get to the drop-off site, drive toward Rockwell and Oakwood cemeteries which are north of U.S. 6 at East Fifth Road, turn right on Eagle Drive. The drop-off site is marked on the west side of the road. Leaves must be emptied from any bags used to haul them. For branch or bush removal, call city hall at (815) 223-3755. Branches must be shorter than 3 feet long and no more than four inches in diameter. The cost for this service is $10 for the first 15 minutes of pick up and 75 cents for each minute after.
Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012
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Thanks Jeff, it ain't that hard. Just think all the trouble that could have been avoided if this had been done from the git- go. A suggestion though . Another gate50' down road from the drop off site. A very small cost to the city compared to a lot of the spending now going on. Doing so would allow the site to be openen untill sunset and on weekends. As it is now the site cannot be used by those who work. Give that a lot of thought.
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