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Medina officials grateful for more manageable leaf piles after last year's onslaught

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City worker Rodney Carroll, of Brunswick, rakes leaves ahead of the giant vacuum hose handled by David Filo, of Norton. Carroll and Filo, along with Ron Kouba, of Medina Township, and Mark Reese, of Medina, were working Tuesday along Smokerise Drive, in the Twin Oaks subdivision of Medina. DAVID KNOX/GAZETTE

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MEDINA — Instead of complaints about the annual leaf program, Service Director Nino Piccoli said the city is receiving praise.

“Truthfully, Mother Nature was cooperative this year,” Piccoli said. “We’ve had a lot of compliments. Last year, all the leaves dropped at once. We got behind.”

Residents complained last year when the leaves piled up on tree lawns. That hasn’t been the case this year.

This year, Piccoli said crews already have completed six rounds through the city. Weather permitting, the leaf program will stretch into the middle of December. He said looking at the forecast, there’s no snow predicted in the next two weeks.

“We’ll pick up (leaves) as long as weather permits,” Piccoli said.

He said once the snow and ice hits, the leaf program will end. The program started Oct. 16.

“It wreaks havoc on our equipment,” Piccoli said. “It doesn’t warrant the risk for the cost of repairs (to the trucks).”

Piccoli said crews can make a complete pass through the city in about a week. “There were a couple weeks in the past month where hardly anything fell,” Piccoli said. “It’s been falling in a manageable rate.”

The city purchased a fourth truck to collect leaves this year, but Piccoli said it hasn’t been used.

“It didn’t warrant it,” he said. “It wasn’t necessary to put it out there.”

Piccoli said if residents miss the end of the program, they always can bag their leaves and leave them with the trash.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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