LIMA — An early snow has forced the City of Lima to reverse course on its leaf pickup program as the streets department has had to re-outfit government vehicles to clear the streets of snow and ice.
Normally, the transition between fall and winter requires a single equipment switch, but with leaves still on the ground, the amount of work has tripled for the department as city workers will now need to re-outfit trucks back to leaf pickup and again to snow removal before the winter is finished. Deputy Public Works Director Warner Roach said one change-up is already an extensive process for the department.
The City of Lima has scheduled the last leaf pickup for the season for Nov. 18.
“If you haven’t already, rake them as soon as you can,” Roach said.
In related news, Utilities Director Mike Caprella gave some tips during the city’s weekly press conference on how to ensure water lines under houses don’t freeze. The cold snap has already caused one such incident, Caprella said.
Tips include disconnecting and draining outdoor hoses, insulating pipes and faucets in unheated areas, sealing off access doors openings where cold air can get in and know where the master shutoff in case any problems should arise. Hanging a tag or painting the master shutoff can help identify it at a later date.
If a water pipe does freeze, Caprella warned residents not to use an open flame to thaw it. Such incidents have resulted in burned down buildings in a number of cases.
Instead, Caprella recommended using a hair dryer with a low heat setting, which should be waved back and forth along the frozen pipe.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.