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Windsor officials remind residents about fall yard maintenance

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Pile of fall leaves with fan rake on lawn

Town of Windsor employees will conduct their annual fall street sweeping efforts through December.

Leaves that fall naturally onto the street are the responsibility of the town and will be picked up during regular street sweeping operations, a town of Windsor news release stated. Leaves that fall onto residents' properties are the responsibility of the property owner.

Residents are reminded not to blow or rake leaves, twigs, branches, grass clippings, trash or debris into the street.

"Our street sweepers maintain approximately 5,000 miles of streets and highways within town limits each year," said Streets Supervisor Brian Rowe. "We're asking the community to help keep leaves picked up, so they don't end up in storm drains and culverts, potentially causing ice buildups or clogged drains, which can result in flooding of streets, intersections and homes."

Such actions can also result in a $70 fine.

Windsor residents can help maximize the street sweepers' efforts by keeping trash and recycling cans, sports equipment, basketball hoops, hockey nets and other obstructions out of the street. Residents should move their vehicles off the street when they see a street sweeper in the area.

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Additionally, keeping tree branches and brush that lines the street trimmed allows the sweeper to access the full curb and gutter area.

"Street sweepers do a good job of picking up leaves that fall naturally onto the street," Rowe said. "However, street sweepers cannot pick up piles of leaves and large debris; it clogs the machines and usually results in expensive repairs."

Residents can dispose of leaves, twigs, branches and grass clippings at the town's Brush Recycling Site at 801 Diamond Valley Drive, according to the release. The Brush Recycling Site opens from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, March through October. November through February, the site opens noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Fees are $2 per load for residents and $6 per cubic yard for non-residents and commercial entities.

For more information, call (970) 674-2485 or visit http://www.windsorgov.com/BrushRecycling.