Raking leaves into Alpena streets can be costly

It might be a lot more expensive than you can imagine to rake your leaves and other plant material into the streets if you live in Alpena.

The city is reminding residents that an ordinance prohibits property owners from “…pushing, placing or depositing any weeds, plant material, grass, leaves, or vegetation from any private or public and into the right-of-way of any street, alley, or highway.”

Violators will receive a citation of up to $500.

Officials said street sweepers cannot handle the volumes of leaves and other materials that get deposited into the street curb line, delaying sweeping activities. Leaves can also cause clogging of catch basins leading to the possibility of flooding during a thaw.

Leaves and other yard waste can be bagged and dropped off at the city’s public works service center Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The final curbside pickup of the year is scheduled for the week of Monday, November 30. That will be for grass and leaves only. There are no more pickups scheduled for brush.