Iowa City to begin leaf vacuuming Monday

Schedule of routes to be updated daily

A crew of six men works together to rake leaves into the vacuum to be sucked up into the collection truck on the east side of Iowa City on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Iowa City workers use the same dump trucks for snow removal as for leaf collection, creating an frenzy each year converting the trucks back and forth as snow storms interrupt leaf collection. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)
A crew of six men works together to rake leaves into the vacuum to be sucked up into the collection truck on the east side of Iowa City on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Iowa City workers use the same dump trucks for snow removal as for leaf collection, creating an frenzy each year converting the trucks back and forth as snow storms interrupt leaf collection. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — The city of Iowa City’s leaf vacuuming service is scheduled to begin Monday and run until Nov. 23.

Maps of leaf removal areas were sent out in utility bills this month but they’re also available at City Hall, 410 E. Washington St.; Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert St.; Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St.; and the Streets Division office, 3800 Napoleon Lane. Residents can also find an online map at icgov.org/leafvacuum.

Iowa City staff plan to tackle about a route or route and a half per day. For zone schedule updates daily, residents can check online or sign up for an email service aticgov.org/e-subscriptions under service notices.

The first week’s tentative schedule is as follows:

• Monday, October 17 — Route 5 and a portion of Route 6

• Tuesday, October 18 — Route 6 and a portion of Route 7

• Wednesday, October 19 — Route 7 and a portion of Route 1

• Thursday, October 20 — Route 1 and a portion of Route 2

• Friday, October 21 — Route 2 and a portion of Route 3

To get leaves picked up, residents should rake them into a large pile between the sidewalk and curb, no further than 5 feet from the curb. The minimum pile size is about the size of a yard waste bag and should not include sticks or brush.

The city suggests residents keep leaves off the street and away from mailboxes.

Some temporary “no parking” signs may be placed in areas with heavy on-street parking while crews are in the area. To request a “no parking” sign, residents may call (319) 356-5181.

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