Leaf Collection Weekly Updates

Leaf Map 2018

Introduction

The Road Department will begin the 2018 Leaf Collection Program on November 6th and start in the northern most section of the Township, near the City of Kettering / Moraine borders. Two leaf loaders will be used initially and a 3rd leaf loader and crew will join the process as necessary. The street sweeper will not be following the leaf loader crews daily, but the sweeper is dispatched periodically before, during and after the leaf collection program schedule. Miami Township collects leaves only on public roadways.

The collection cycles will proceed through the Township as follows:

  1. Huber subdivision- Stroop Road to Alex Bell Road (Near City of Moraine- Pink Area in Map Above) 
  2. Spring Valley subdivision- Alex Bell Road to Cox Arboretum (West side of SR 741- Lime Green in Map)
  3. Singing Hills/ Brendonwood subdivision- Washington Twp Border (East side of SR 741-Yellow in Map)
  4. Vienna Park subdivision- SR 741 east to Mad River Road (Dark Orange in Map)
  5. Kingswood subdivision- Both sides of Mad River Road (North of the Dayton Mall-Purple in Map)
  6. Villages of Miami subdivision- SR 741 to Washington Church Road (South of the Dayton Mall- Light Blue in Map)
  7. Crains Run subdivision- Off Miamisburg Springboro Road & Crains Run Road (Red in Map)
  8. Quail Creek subdivision- Entrances at Medlar Road (Near Pipestone Golf Course- (Red in Map)
  9. Rural Roadways- East and West of Great Miami River (Blue in Map)
  10. Chautauqua subdivision- West of Great Miami River (Near City of Carlisle- Blue in Map)
  11. Bear Creek Estates subdivision- West of Great Miami River (Blue in Map)

To help maximize efficiencies in the collection program:

  • Mulch or rake leaves often.
  • Place leaf piles at the back of the curb. Leaves should not be placed in the roadway. Placing leaf piles in the roadway creates a safety hazard and potential liability to the responsible individual(s).
  • Do not place leaves in front of or directly into storm water catch basins. Again, leaves should not be raked into the street, including the curb and gutter area of the street. Leaves blocking the basin opening will prohibit proper roadway drainage and leaves placed in the basin will clog drain tiles. Drain tiles on private property (beyond right-of-way) are the responsibility of the property owner for clearing obstructions.
  • Avoid mixing grass clippings (free fertilizer too), sticks, and other debris in with the leaves. Crews will not pick up leaf piles covered with limbs or leaf piles with limbs under the leaves. Limbs and other debris will clog the leaf machine's hose or damage internal parts. Crews must stop the collection process to free debris from the machine or wait for mechanics to repair damaged machines. Delays in the collection process due to these situations will cause delays in the daily schedules.
  • Properly bag leaves for collection by Rumpke on the scheduled collection day. Township crews will not collect bagged leaves placed curbside.
  • Avoid parking vehicles on or near the leaf piles. Crews report and record all obstacles that hinder the ability to collect leaves by noting the nearest home address. Parking vehicles on dry leaves may create a fire hazard.
  • Do not rake leaves into the street. Raking leaves into the roadway will cause delays in the collection process. These piles raked into the street will be compacted by precipitation and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves are much easier to collect if the piles are properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

Montgomery County residents may dispose of yard waste for free at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District Transfer and Recycling Facility, located at 1001 Encrete Lane in Moraine. Drop off hours are 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Miami Township residents may dispose of yard waste per Rumpke collection requirements. Please contact Rumpke Customer Service at (800) 828-8171 for details.

Click Here to read an article in Montgomery County Environmental Services Quarterly Newsletter regarding the proper disposal of yard waste.

Week of November 5th, 2018 (Round #1 Start)

The entire Township was assessed on November 5th and few leaves have been raked to the curb so far. Two crews began the program on November 6th at the northern borders of the township in the Huber subdivision (Pink in map above) and completed the area. The Spring Valley subdivision (Lime Green in map) was started on November 7th and work continued on the 8th. Crews wrapped up the week in the Singing Hills/ Brendonwood subdivision (Yellow in map). Next up is the Vienna Park (Orange) and Kingswood (Purple) areas.

Week of November 12th, 2018 (Round #1 Continued)

Three full crews began the week completing Singing Hills/ Brendonwood (Yellow in map above) and moved in to start Vienna Park (Orange in map) on November 14th. Crews will continue working in Vienna Park on November 15th unless work is suspended due to winter weather. The township employees collecting leaves are the same employees salting and plowing public streets. Crews did collect leaves on the 15th in Vienna Park (Orange) despite the wet and icy conditions. The week ended finishing up Vienna Park. Next up is the Kingswood subdivision (Purple in map). Most of the week was in the 30s for the highs and 20s overnight. 

2018 Note: Trees have dropped leaves early and almost simultaneously this year so most leaves are now on the ground. We ask for your patience as crews work to complete the first round. All township resources are being utilized and temporary staff from an independent agency have been hired to support road crews in collecting the large volume of leaves from the majority of the 10,000 township households. Collecting leaves may be a challenge later in the week if forecasted ice or snow showers move into the region.

The vast majority of leaves have been raked into the streets, causing a further delay in collection. These piles raked into the street have been compacted by the winter weather and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

Week of November 19th, 2018 (Round #1 Continued)

Crews began the week working in the rain again finishing up Vienna Park and then moving into the Kingswood subdivision (Purple in map above). On the 20th and 21st all three crews focused on Kingswood. The program is a few days behind schedule due to the unusual leaf drop and unseasonably cold and wet weather. Round #1 continues next week finishing up: Villages of Miami, Crains Run, Quail Creek, Chautauqua and rural roadways. The pace of collection will increase because these remaining areas have fewer mature trees. Round #2 will begin back in the Huber subdivision as soon as the first round has been completed. 

Operations are suspended on November 22nd and 23rd for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Yearly note: This week typically starts the largest volume of leaves to be collected for the season. Most of the varying tree species have dropped all leaves or are well into the process of leaf drop. Waxy leafed tree species are typically the last to drop leaves. We ask residents to please be patient with potential delays in the collection process this round and beyond due to the high volume of leaves and potentially adverse weather. Once crews have completed the first round, the process will accelerate.

Continued Reminder: Leaves should not be placed in the roadway. This creates a safety hazard for traveling motorists and automobiles parked on top of leaf piles. Leaves should be placed at the backside of curbs, easily accessible to leaf collection equipment. The vast majority of leaves have been raked into the streets, causing a further delay in collection. These piles raked into the street have been compacted by the winter weather and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

Nearly all leaves are now on the ground. We ask residents to please have all leaves curbside by November 26th. Operations are a bit behind due to the rain events, saturated leaf piles and winter weather, but crews will continue working to complete round #1 and move into the second round soon. Leaf collection is not suspended on cold or rainy days, but the weight of the soaked leaves makes the work more difficult for machines and staff.

Week of November 26th, 2018 (Round #1 Completion and Round #2 Start)

Rain, high winds and snow showers start the work week. Three full crews began the week finishing up the Kingswood subdivision (Purple in map above) and moved into the Villages of Miami and surrounding areas (Light blue in map above). On November 27th, bad weather continued with temperatures in the 20s and snow showers, but work continued in the Villages of Miami. Crews began the day on the 28th finishing up the Villages of Miami (Light blue) with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees and then moved into the Crains Run, Quail Creek and Chautauqua subdivisions (Blue in map above) on November 29th while working in a little sleet

Crews are breaking gravel rakes and pitch forks while attempting to loosen the frozen and compacted leaf piles. Rain is expected again on Friday and into the weekend with snow and more unseasonably cold weather in the forecast for next week. On the 30th crews finished up Crains Run, Quail Creek and rural areas (Blue in map) and then started back in the Huber subdivision (Pink in map) to begin round #2. Next week the work will continue in Huber and then moved into the Spring Valley subdivision (Lime Green). 

The 3 crews worked an additional day of the week on Saturday, December 1st in the pouring rain to take advantage of the warmer weather. The focus is on completing as much as possible before temperatures drop again and the leaf piles re-freeze. Work continued in the Huber plat (Pink in map). So far, approximately 2,000 cubic yards of leaf debris has been collected. 

Please do not mix tree limbs and sticks with the raked leaf piles. Crews will not pick up leaf piles covered with limbs or leaf piles with limbs under the leaves. Limbs and other debris will clog the leaf machine's hose or damage internal parts. Crews must stop the collection process to free debris from the machine or wait for mechanics to repair damaged machines. Delays in the collection process due to these situations will cause delays in the daily schedules.

The vast majority of leaves have been raked into the streets, causing a further delay in collection. These piles raked into the street have been compacted by the winter weather and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

Week of December 3rd, 2018 (Round #2 Continued)

Weather this week is expected to be cold, wet and includes a chance of frozen precipitation. The three full crews started the week by continuing round #2 in the Huber South subdivision (Pink in map above) on December 3rd, 4th and 5th. Crews needed to salt streets first on December 5th before continuing leaf collection. As of December 4th, Miami Township has collected 225 full truck loads (2,300 cubic yards) of leaves compared to 191 loads this day last year. Crews moved over into Spring Valley (Lime Green in map) on the 5th, 6th and 7th. Next up is Singing Hills/ Brendonwood (Yellow in map).

Operations have slowed a bit due to the unseasonably colder temperatures, saturated leaf piles and numerous rain, snow and ice events, but primarily due to the leaves being raked into the streets. Crews are still breaking leaf rakes, gravel rakes and pitch forks while loosening up the leaf piles.

Residents can choose to mulch leaves or proper disposal through weekly Rumpke trash collection if you don't want to wait on township crews. Leaves should not be placed in the street for collection. However, the vast majority of leaves have been raked into the streets, causing a further delay in collection. These piles raked into the street have been compacted by the winter weather and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

Week of December 10th, 2018 (Round #2 Continued)

Crews began the week battling the leaves and the cold weather. Temperatures were in the teens on December 10th and crews finished Spring Valley and started work in Singing Hills/ Brendonwood (Yellow in map above). On December 11th work continued in Singing Hills. The 3 crews worked to finish up Singing Hills/ Brendonwood on December 12th and then move into Vienna Park (Orange in map). The temperatures are expected to rise later in the week, but rain is in the forecast again by the end of the week. Next up is the Kingswood subdivision (Purple) and then the Villages of Miami (Light Blue).

This is the final round of the 2018 season. Crews will not return to collect leaves after this round has been completed. Trucks will be converted for use in snow removal operations.

Continued Reminder: Leaves should not be placed in the roadway. This creates a safety hazard for traveling motorists and automobiles parked on top of leaf piles. Leaves should be placed at the backside of curbs, easily accessible to leaf collection equipment. However, the vast majority of leaves have been raked into the streets, causing a further delay in collection. These piles raked into the street have been compacted by the winter weather and cars driving and parking on the leaves. The leaves would be much easier to collect if the piles were properly raked curbside, but not in the roadway.

Program Completion Schedule:

  1. Huber- December 5th ✔
  2. Spring Valley- December 10th ✔
  3. Singing Hills/ Brendonwood- December 12th ✔
  4. Vienna Park- December 
  5. Kingswood- December 
  6. Villages of Miami- December 
  7. Chautauqua- December 
  8. Quail Creek- December 
  9. Rural Roadways- December 
  10. Crains Run - December 
  11. Bear Creek Estates- December 

We wanted to thank all residents choosing to mulch or compost leaves this year and encourage others to consider this option. Mulching supplies the turf with nutrients necessary for a healthy lawn, lowers program expenses, and accelerates the collection process. Mulching can be accomplished by raising the deck of the lawnmower and installing a blade designed for this activity.

Montgomery County Solid Waste District

Montgomery County residents may dispose of yard waste for free at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District Transfer and Recycling Facility, located at 1001 Encrete Lane in Moraine. Drop off hours are 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Miami Township residents may dispose of yard waste per Rumpke collection requirements. Please contact Rumpke Customer Service at (800) 828-8171 for details.

Click Here to read an article in Montgomery County Environmental Services Quarterly Newsletter regarding the proper disposal of yard waste.