Leaf pickup
Leaf collection is to begin later this month in Shelby. City Council's Utilities and Streets Committee received an update at its Oct. 15 meeting.

SHELBY -- The city of Shelby's leaf collection program is set to get started later this month.
"'It's that time of the year with leaf collection," Municipal Utilities Director John Ensman told Shelby City Council's Utilities and Streets Committee during its meeting on Thursday.
The leaf collection is to begin on Oct. 26, but crews could start earlier if possible, Ensman told the committee.
In a written report to the committee, Ensman provided other details: 
* Residents are asked to rake leaves to the curb.
* People should not place objects, such as rocks, tree limbs or materials in leaf piles, as those could damage leaf-collection equipment.
People should also avoid parking vehicles on or in front of the leaf piles, which are to be picked up between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In raking leaves to the curb, residents are asked to:
* not bag leaves
* refrain from placing leaves in streets
* not to place leaves close to mail boxes, poles or between guy wires and utility poles
Vacuum devices are used to collect leaves in Shelby, which has two of the machines, Ensman said in a brief interview after the interview.
"They will make rounds throughout the community numerous times," Ensman said. 
"It's usually five weeks," he said of the collection timeframe. 
Another option also is available: "Loose leaves can be dropped off behind the community garden site on North Gamble Street, just north of the Water Treatment Plant," Ensman's report states. "A sign marks the designated drop-off area."
At the community garden site, daytime drop-off is preferred, Ensman also said.
In other business during the meeting, Ensman delivered remarks and presented the committee with written updates covering multiple additional topics. 
Some highlights:
* A bid opening recently was held involving a demolition project at the old light plant outbuilding off Mansfield Avenue.
* Shelby participated in a video call with the Richland County Soil and Water Conservation District representatives in a discussion on a ditch petition involving the Black Fork River.
* the city of Shelby won two awards during a recent American Municipal Power annual conference.
* City legislation is being prepared involving the water fund. The matter involves removing the water treatment plant construction fund name and fee and then implementing the water asset management fund name and fee within the water ordinance. 
This legislation is being readied for the Oct. 19 meeting of Shelby City Council.
In other business, the committee received an update on efforts for a city broadband fiber network.  
"Discussions continue to take place with the thoughts and visions for a fiber build-out to Shelby businesses and residential neighborhoods," Ensman reported.
Committee members also were told that an electric line loss study is nearing completion.The review involves electricity that gets lost (escapes) as it travels within the city's distribution system.
"The study should conclude next week with a report to follow at the next Utilities and Streets Committee meeting," Ensman detailed to the committee.
Check the Shelby Daily Globe for closer looks at some of these topics.

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