MUSCATINE, Iowa – The leaf collection efforts by Department of Public Works crews has been delayed due to the snow covered and frozen leaves. City crews will not be picking up leaves on Tuesday, Nov. 12, or Wednesday, Nov. 13, but will resume on Thursday, Nov. 14, in Zone 4.
The third snowfall of the season occurred Sunday and Monday followed by a dramatic drop in temperatures leaving piled leaves covered with snow and frozen to the ground.
The weather conditions have also had an effect on the operation schedule for the Muscatine Compost Site with the site now closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the remainder of the 2019 season. A decision on when the site will officially close for the winter will be made the week after Thanksgiving.
Two leaf collection crews are using vacuum trucks and working through the eight City zones (see MAP). Crews are scheduled to complete the second round through the city by December 6, weather permitting. Work in Zone 4 will begin Nov. 13, in Zone 5 on Nov. 18, in Zone 6 on Nov. 25, and in Zone 7 on Dec. 2. An additional round will be scheduled if needed and dependent on the weather.
A few program guidelines: