SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city Department of Public Works will activate essential employees for lawn and leaf debris pickup starting Monday, the department announced Thursday, though the public is asked to follow guidelines to minimize potential for exposure to coronavirus.
“The essential crews will work until lawn debris is cleared throughout the city, but assistance from the public is requested to ensure employee safety in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the department said in an announcement.
The employees will work in two-person crews with one employee each in a DPW truck and loader. This work setup requires public compliance with the following pickup guidelines:
— Limbs and large branches should be cut or broken into sections of three feet or smaller.
— Paper lawn debris bags are acceptable
— Plastic containers/ barrels should not be left out. They should be emptied into piles in the street for pickup. Debris piles should be kept away from storm drains, and should be organized and manageable.
“Clearing the right-of-way of lawn debris will ensure that emergency vehicles can safely pass through streets and prevent storm water drains from clogging,” DPW Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco said. “It’s also a reminder that your DPW services are still here and there will be a return to normalcy once this passes.”
The collection is expected to take about 2 1/2 weeks,
“We’re focused on providing services to the public during this time but we also want to keep our employees safe through these pickup guidelines and social distancing protocols,” said Deputy Commissioner Joseph O’Neill.