FRANKFORT, Ind. – Frankfort Street Department crews are beginning leaf collection this week, the week of November 8, in the southeast quadrant of the city.

According to Street Superintendent Jason Forsythe, the smooth progress of Street crews’ collection service is largely dependent on a partnership forged with the community adding. “Please place your leaves as close to the curb as possible without putting them in the street. No other yard waste, including sticks and grass clippings, should be in the leaf piles because they can clog up and do damage to our vacuums and can cause downtime to repair these problems.”

“We also request that vehicles not be parked near the leaf piles so our vacuums can collect them easily and quickly. Please keep leaf piles away from utility poles, as well. Anything you can do to keep leaves clear of street drains is appreciated as well. This keeps sewer maintenance crews from having clean storm drains and allows them to concentrate on other duties.”

Leaves, brush, and grass clippings can also be brought to the Street Department’s compost site at 905 Burlington Avenue, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 8:00 a.m. – noon, year-round. Leaves and clippings need to be removed from bags before being added to the compost pile.

Leaf collection will be divided by city quadrant. Crews will return to all quadrants periodically throughout the fall season. Updates on which section of the city crews will be collecting leaves can be found on the City and Street Department Facebook pages.

A file photo from November 2020 showing the City of Frankfort new leaf machine to raise awareness for Breast Cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Mayor Judy Sheets and Jason Forsythe, Frankfort Street Department Superintendent, shown next to the machine. Forsythe proposed the idea of applying a vinyl wrap to each side – one done in purple for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and the other in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Each of the wraps was made available by a generous donation by the Center Township of Clinton County office. (Photo illustration by Brett W. Todd)