MOLINE -- Free leaf collection services begin Monday, Oct. 15, in Moline.
Stickers will not be required on yard-waste bags through Dec. 14. Bags should be placed at least 3 feet from the garbage cart on scheduled garbage collection days.
Moline encourages residents to bag leaves during the sticker-free period rather than wait for the leaf vacuum. The city said leaf vacuuming is intended to aid in leaf disposal during the peak season and should not be the primary means of disposal.
Leaf vacuuming also begins Oct. 15 and runs through Nov. 30, weather permitting.
The city is divided into three areas, and two vacuuming crews will work in each area weekdays, moving from north to south. Beginning Oct. 15, residents can call (309) 524.2407 to hear a pre-recorded message of the vacuum locations or go to moline.il.us for a map.
Leaves should be raked close to, but not on, the road. The city requests that no rocks, sticks or other debris be in the leaf pile. Vehicles should not be parked in front of leaf piles because it makes vacuuming difficult and heat from car engines can ignite the leaves.
Rich Westmoreland, Moline's municipal services operation manager, asks residents to be patient when scheduled pickups change because of bad weather or volume. Crews will begin working where they ended the previous day.
Moline prohibits burning leaves, tree branches and grass clippings.
People can view a short video on leaf disposal options, including mulching and composting, daily on Mediacom Channel 18 at 1, 6 and 9 a.m., noon, and 3, 7 and 11 p.m.
Today is Sunday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2014. There are 101 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We hear that Col. Reynolds has employed C.D. Merrill to drill for water to supply the Rock Island Barracks. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Billy Catton, famous billard player, returned to Rock Island with a view to making this city his home in the future. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The belief is growing that a great decisive battle of the World War was being fought at Verdun, a strong fortress of France on the Meuse near the French frontier, according to a London dispatch. 1939 -- 75 years ago: William Stremmel, 91, Rock Island's last Civil War veteran, died. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Workmen of the Midwest Wrecking Co., Clinton, have begun razing the historic old office building of Deere & Co., 1325 3rd Ave., Moline. The site will be used by the Deere Plow Works for its shipping and receiving department. 1989 -- 25 years ago: East Moline developer Jim Massa says the financial package for the proposed $34.5 million Quad City International Motor Speedway is down to making sure "all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed. Finalizing this will give the green light to see if NASCAR and CART, the auto racing sanctioning bodies, approve race dates.