The Alpena Municipal Council approved a contract amendment that will allow for an additional leaf and grass pickup in the fall. Last fall people were still removing leaves from their yards after the final pickup during the first week of November. The amendment to the contract will provide homeowners an extra chances to get rid of the debris during November.
The vote passed, but Mayor Carol Shafto and Councilman Sean Sexton voted against the schedule because of the gap between collection days in the summer months.
"I am willing to vote for the amendment if we change the date and move the second November date," Shafto said. "There are going to be a lot of bags of grass people will be having to hold onto for a long time in the summer. If the date isn't changed, I am inclined to vote no."
City Engineer Rich Sullenger said there are five dates in 2010 when people can take their grass, leaves and brush to the public works site on Long Lake. There is one day scheduled for dropoff in each of the months from April to September.
"The drop off days are really popular and being used," Sullenger said. "Perhaps if we anticipate some mild weather of something else we can communicate with the contractor to see if a change can be made."
Besides the two November dates, pickup will be in May and October.
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