Leaf collection schedule starts Thursday

Covington Public Works driver Danny Peters (left, with blower) and seasonal laborer Draymon Walker (operating vacuum) collect leaves on Sterrett Street. 

COVINGTON, Ky. - “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree,” wrote English poet Emily Bronte some 200 years ago ... but then she didn’t have to rake all those falling leaves. If she had, the “speaking” might have included the words of sailors instead of poets. 

Hoping to keep both its streets and verbiage clean, the City of Covington will again help residents deal with the beautiful but labor-intensive mess of autumn.
With blowers and a giant vacuum, crews from the Public Works Department will be collecting leaves from sidewalks and streets beginning Thursday according to a formal schedule that targets neighborhoods with a lot of trees in the public right of way.
Residents can rake or blow leaves to the curb - not into the street - a day ahead of crews’ arrival. Leaf piles should be placed away from obstructions such as parked vehicles, fire hydrants, and landscaping. The piles should contain only loose leaves and no other yard waste.
City crews will do the work of piling up the leaves from the public areas like sidewalks.
“We really encourage residents to mark this on their calendars and follow this timeline,” said Public Works Director Rick Davis. “We have a lot of leaves on a lot of streets and limited resources, and this schedule is the most efficient way to collect them so we don’t have to keep returning to an area.”
To find out when Public Works crews will collect leaves on your street, use the map located HERE to zoom in on your street, then click the cursor to get dates.
On-street parking is restricted on collection days. Crews will work only one side of the street on a given day so residents can park on the other side. Watch for “No Parking” signs put up 24 hours in advance so you don’t get a parking ticket.
(However, you can further narrow down the date if you want. Clicking the cursor on the map above also gives you a “section” in which your street falls. Look up that section number and letter HERE and find your street to see which side of the street will be done on that day, as in north or east, or south and west.
In addition, HERE is a citywide map that combines all that information, although it’s difficult to identify individual streets.)
Davis said his department considers leaf collection an important part of routine maintenance that keeps Covington’s streets clean and storm sewers from getting clogged with debris.
“There are all sorts of benefits,” he said.

 Laborer V James Johnson blows leaves into a pile to be vacuumed.

Meanwhile, if your street has trees that need to be pruned because of damage, out-of-control growth or obstructing branches, now is a great time to use the online iWorQ Service Request application to let Public Works know. Residents can download the iWorQ Service Request application from the app store on their phone or can access the form by going to Should you need it, the “agency code” is Cov01.
Note that City arborists often visit areas during scheduled leaf collection to take advantage of the clear streets to access high branches.
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