Wright Township To Begin Leaf Pickup October 23

Crews from the Department of Public Works will begin leaf pickup in Wright Township on Oct. 23 and, at this month’s Board of Supervisors meeting, officials outlined the rules for leaf pickup, noting past problems that have slowed down and inconvenienced its workers.

Starting at the northern end of the township first, crews will be travelling township roads and collecting leaves that have been placed on roadsides. In other years, some have piled their leaves too far from the road’s edge, making road crews spend extra time raking those piles to where a vacuum-like machine can reach them. Supervisor and Roadmaster Louis Welebob Jr. asked that residents pile their leaves as close to the road as possible to avoid “time being wasted” by crews.

Another issue in past years has been debris other than leaves left for pickup. The machine the public works department uses is only equipped to handle leaves, Welebob explained. Grass clippings can block the machine and wood is even more detrimental. “Sticks are dangerous to the machine,” he said. “This isn’t a chipper…it can cause damage and we can even lose the machine.”

Residents are asked to make sure that no grass clippings or tree limbs are in the leaf piles that they rake to the edge of the road. If those items are in the piles, Welebob has instructed township workers to skip those houses. If time permits, he added, workers may return to the passed houses and sort out the debris that the machine will not accept.

Welebob also reported on paving and drainage work done in the township this year. Seven roads were completely paved and two were partially renovated, thanks to an LSA grant. Four of those roads were in Walden Park and cost $284,835. Other township roads included Woodlawn Avenue, Senate Drive, Congress Road, and Court Street, all paved for a total of $128,800.

An additional single road, Anne Street, was paved not from the grant funds but from the township’s budget, Welebob noted. The cost for that project was $66,804.

In other business, the township waived the need for the Crestwood School District to obtain an environmental-impact study for the construction of a new field house behind the secondary campus on South Mountain Boulevard. Last month, the zoning board approved a special-use and two variances for the field house. After reviewing the application with the township engineer, Solicitor Michael Kostelansky reported that it was decided that the environmental study

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