Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Leaf Pickup Notifications

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


How could we know with a fair accuracy of the day (or one or two days before) the leaves will be picked up in our block?

It will really help with our backyards cleanup, gardeners, etc. the leaves in the street block the entire road.

I’m sure that public works has a clear chart, that would help all of us manage our cleanup.

And wouldn’t be far-fetched that could be programed (or just written) in a website on real time.

Thanking you in advance.



Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning,

I am working with Public Works to come up with a better way of communicating approximate dates the leaf crews will be in particular areas.




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  1. Mr Mayor, I don’t really have much sidewalk property in front of my house. I would need to partially block my driveway.
    Is there any way for me to know one day before they are coming to my block, so I can actually collect and put them out?

  2. Why cant we do the traditional garbage bag leaf pickup. We waist so much money and time on blowing leaves to the street. If a wind, car speeding down block, or rain comes it blows back on our property and by the time they come around with the machine there’s basically nothing left.

  3. As well as a clear schedule of street cleaning. Our block hasn’t been cleaned in a really long time and if they did show up there were cars parked and he drove down the middle of the block.
    At least if we know which day and time of day we could try to move as many cars as possible. The street looks horrible.

  4. My Landscaper did my own a few weeks ago, but I pay him to do some of my kids as well and he didn’t do theirs yet; I used to not wait for him , I used to pick up 2 people from 1st st and help them by raking along with them a bit, showing them where to put it, I told them $12 an hour but if they were good I gave them a $50 each for 3 hours.
    Today I can’t pick them up anymore, it’s not the same people, many of the good people are gone, many of those there now have mental illness (like Trump said) and they take $20 an hour and they’re not much worth; A professional Landscaper is cheaper than them and I don’t have to be there.
    To do it myself with my heart condition: raking is good exercise, but schlepping a heavy tarp full of leaves could be as dangerous as snow shoveling for me; most of their grass which I worked so hard seeding and fertilizing is probably half dead by now as a result of all that leaf cover but what can I do, I have to wait.

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