Dear Johnnie: I have finished cleaning up all of the broken tree limbs in my yard from the snowstorm. I don’t have a pickup truck to haul these tree limbs down to the recycling center. During the next few weeks, the city is scheduled to pick up leaf bags if I leave the leaf bags on the curb in front of my house. If I leave the tree limbs in front of my house with the leaf bags, will the city pick up the limbs? — Mean Joe Greenpeace
Dear Johnnie: As a result of this morning’s snowstorm, every yard in our neighborhood is full of broken tree limbs, some of which are quite large. Will the city be sending trucks out to collect tree limbs from the curbs, or do we all need to find/hire someone with a pickup and chainsaw to haul the branches to Eco-Cycle? — Hoping for Help
Dear Mean Joe and Hoping for Help: The city of Longmont has heard your cries.
“To help with cleanup efforts, the city of Longmont will be conducting a special tree branch
collection in residential areas,” the city announced in a news release Thursday.
The collection program begins Nov. 14 and will follow the current leaf bag collection schedule. Each residential area will have only one collection, and you have to follow certain rules.
“Tree limbs must be curbside the week prior to your collection week. Branches will not be collected from alleys. Any materials brought to the curbside after the collection date will not be picked up by the city, and the property owner or tenant may be subject to municipal code violations.”
Here are the collection dates, according to the city:
If your regular trash collection day is Monday, have your branches and limbs curbside before Monday, Nov. 14.
If your regular trash collection day is Tuesday, have your branches and limbs curbside before Monday, Nov. 21.
If your regular trash collection day is Wednesday, have your branches and limbs curbside before Monday, Nov. 28.
If your regular trash collection day is Thursday, have your branches and limbs curbside before Monday, Dec. 5.
I called to ask what they meant by having limbs “curbside the week prior to your collection week.” After being on hold about minute (I think they are quite busy over there), Kenny answered. He told me that the branches and limbs could be collected at any time during the week that is set aside for your trash pickup day.
So, if Wednesday is your trash day, your branches and limbs can be picked up at any time the week of Nov. 28. So set them out before that week begins, because they might get picked up as early as 7 a.m. Monday. Or they could be picked up as late as Friday or Saturday of that week. Crews will get to it when they can, because each collection day has 3,000 to 5,000 customers.
Of course, residents also may bring their tree branches to the city tree limb diversion site at 140 Martin St. The facility will have extended hours, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.
“Residents must bring their latest utility bill reflecting the waste management fee to access the site,” the city said in its release. “If you have any questions, please contact the city at 303-651-8416.”
Dear Johnnie: There has been a spate of break-ins in our neighborhood. The most recent was through the front door while the residents were away. Apart from the suspicion that the house had been under observation for awhile, it might have been avoided had the porch lights been left on.
Rumor has it that under some ancient law, the city meters these lights separately from the rest of the residence, and pays for those lights.
Can you advise if this is true? — Don
Dear Don: As with many rumors, this one is partially true.
Yes, electricity is delivered unmetered to porch lights, generally in areas of central Longmont that don’t have streetlights. This is a remnant of the system the city used decades ago.
Don, if the city was paying for your porch light, you probably would know about it. If you aren’t sure, call 303-651-8386.