- Cape man stabbed in head, arm after strip-club incident; skull fractured, police say (6/25/17)3
- Two men accused of selling meth to undercover cop (6/22/17)
- Custom cuts: Local hairstylist provides free haircuts to special-needs children (6/26/17)3
- Police: Man grabbed wheel, tried to kill driver and himself in Jackson crash (6/23/17)
- Marble Hill man accused of beating, kidnapping woman (6/27/17)
- Annual SEMO District Fair event lineup announced (6/23/17)1
- Oran town board fired officer before hiring him as police chief; city officials say they can't remember reason for firing (6/25/17)2
- Playing with fire (6/25/17)
- Two charged in theft of jewelry from Cape storage facility (6/23/17)1
- Business notebook: Man's cheesecake whim becomes a full-time vocation (6/26/17)
The city of Cape Girardeau has had a leaf-collection program for a long time. This is a service not offered in many other cities and towns in Southeast Missouri. In the past, residents could rake leaves to their curb for pickup, but timing was based on a zoning method. This meant that some leaf piles were collected very early in the season -- before all leaves had fallen -- while others were stacked curbside for weeks at a time.
After hearing complaints throughout the years, the city purchased an automated truck last spring that will allow the city to make pickups multiple times throughout the city.
The old way relied on six vacuum machines that required the work of up to 16 full- and eight part-time employees.
The new truck could save the city as much as $50,000 a year, according to officials.
Residents should rake their leaves into piles no more than three feet from the street, not mixing in limbs, and not placing leaf piles in areas blocked by vehicles or in areas near trees, mailboxes or other obstructions.
The city also will offer a free drop-off period from Nov. 5 through Dec. 21.
City leaders should be commended for finding a solutions to address residents' concerns. Here's hoping the new process works well.