It’s that time of year when leaves are falling fast. In trying to remove leaves from your yard, you may be tempted to rake, blow, or throw them into the street, a storm drain, or a drainage ditch. Problems arise when these leaves block the drain or are washed into nearby waterways, causing localized flooding and negative impacts on the health of our streams, rivers, and lakes.
City Code Chapter 16, Section 16-172 (g) states “No person shall cast, spill, place, or deposit anywhere within the city any garbage or refuse in such a manner that it may be carried or deposited by the elements upon any street, sidewalk, alley, sewer, parkway, or other public place, or into any other premises within the city.”
We ask that you please refrain from blowing leaves or other organic waste into the street in the future. In addition, be advised that, after your first violation, any subsequent violation will incur a citation (with a fine) in addition to abatement of the nuisance by the City at the cost to the property owner.