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 Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.