2021 Winter Newsletter
The Town provides services to pickup fallen leaves in November and December; weather permitting. This assists residents with appropriate disposal of the leaves, and keeps the leaves out of the storm water system. The Highway crews use vacuum trucks and sweepers to collect the leaves once the bulk of leaves has fallen. There is no set schedule for leaf pick up.
When placing leaves for pick up:
- DO place leaves at the edge of your property, NOT on the pavement or in the gutters.
- DO NOT mix sticks or other debris in the leaf piles, as these can cause damage to our equipment and/or employees. Mixed piles will not be collected.
- DO NOT place leaves in cardboard boxes, paper bags or plastic bags. Bagged and boxed leaves will not be collected.
- DO NOT place leaf piles behind obstacles such as trees, cars, mailboxes, hydrants, poles, etc.
- For safety reasons, please DO NOT allow your children to play in piles of leaves by the road.
There is no overnight parking on any DeWitt streets from November 1 - April 1. Should you encounter “getting stuck“ during the night, or need to abandon your vehicle for mechanical reasons, remember to contact 911 to alert local Police of the vehicles location.
Snow Removal Tips
We cannot prevent the snow from collecting at the end of your driveway, but there are several ways property owners can work with the Town to minimize the inconvenience of snow removal:
Do not leave garbage cans or recycling bins in the path of the snow plow. Keep them in your driveway, well back from the road.
- Stake the edge(s) of your lawn.
Mailboxes and posts are replaced only if hit by snowplow equipment, so check your mailbox, newspaper box and the supporting posts in the fall: perform the “shake test”. If the post is already “shaky”, chances are the post is unstable in the ground, and will not withstand the pressure of flying snow. Check your mailbox for loose or missing parts. Replacement mailboxes are standard black or white metal boxes, installed on a 4x4 post. The Town is not responsible for replacing designer boxes, posts or any style of newspaper box. (if you have such a box, you may want to consider removing it for the winter months and replacing it with a standard box) Boxes need to be installed per US Post Office regulations.
If you utilize the services of a private snow removal service, make sure you and your contractor are in agreement with the needs of your household. We cannot coordinate town wide snow removal with private snow plow contractors. (remember that it is illegal to move snow across a public road or deposit snow on property that is not your own without permission)
There is no overnight parking on any DeWitt streets from November 1 to April 1. Should you encounter “getting stuck“ during the night, or need to abandon your vehicle for mechanical reasons, remember to contact 911 to alert local Police of the vehicles location.
Drive carefully: allow extra time and distance for stopping.
Be considerate of snow removal equipment: Allow as much room as possible.
Educate your children to the dangers of making tunnels and playing on or near roadside snow banks.
Christmas Trees are recycled for Town of DeWitt residents. Trees can be placed curbside after the holidays. They need to be free of ornaments and lights, and not in “bags”. Crews pick up trees throughout the Town during the month of January. In instances of trees getting buried and frozen into the snow banks, trees will get picked up when they reappear in the spring! OCRRA (Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency) coordinates a Tree Recycling program as well. Contact them via the web or by calling (315) 453-2870 for their information.