Jackson Approves Leaf Drop-Off Program

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Leaf pick-up is a dead issue in Jackson and won't be coming back any time soon. But the city isn't leaving homeowners completely stranded.

Jackson City Council voted to approve a new leaf drop-off program Tuesday night which will begin on Oct. 26.

The decision comes after the city cut leaf pick-up following a court's ruling that Jackson's stormwater utility fees were unconstitutional.

Without the fee the city said it couldn't afford to keep the service going.

But now, residents like Dixie Davidson say they're not sold on the new solution.

"How are we going to get rid of these massive amount of leaves," she said.

Davidson said her property has more than 10 trees on it which will prove challenging once all the leaves begin to fall.

They'll come up to my shoulders, maybe three or four feet all along the front of our lot," she said.

"I'm not sure what we're going to do, we're fortunate... because we have an old beat-up pickup that we can put the leaves in but that's still a massive amount of hauling to do."

With council's approval Tuesday night, residents in Jackson will now have to take their leaves to five different designated drop-off locations across the city.

Jackson Mayor Martin Griffin said this was the only option for right now.

"There's nothing else we can do," he said. "This really solves the problem of how people will get rid of them."

Before the service was cut, leaf pick-up cost the city about $260,000 each season, according to Griffin.

The new program will cost just under $50,000 but Griffin said this doesn't mean there aren't still other options on the table for next season.

"It's giving us another year to work toward something else," he said. "I think we will have a solution by the first part of next year."

Griffin said they could revisit the idea of putting a fee on the ballot for voters to decide.

The locations for drop-off include:
Jackson Public Works - 521 Water Street
Nixon Park, Parking Lot - 200 E. North Street
W. Louis Glick Hwy and Blackstone - City Parking Lot
Frost School, East Parking Lot - 1225 S. Wisner
Parkside Middle School - 2400 Fourth Street

All sites would be open 8 am through noon on Saturdays. But only the Jackson Public Works site would be open on Sunday.

Drop-off weekends include Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 9, 16, and 23.

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