The tree branch chipper is out weekly throughout the spring and summer months. They pick up branches in the parkway with the cut side facing the street. Workers will spend up to 15 minutes at a house in 1 week. Tidy piles placed correctly will reduce the time it takes to chip. Longer branches are easier to handle and will also take less time. Please refrain from putting anything out that is larger than 8 inches in diameter; the chipper has trouble getting these through because it is meant for smaller brushes. Small piles of branches and twigs should be disposed of in yard waste containers for disposal by Allied Waste. The chipper does not pick up branches that are put in the alleys. Public Works employees trim every alley. This ensures that vehicles may drive through without being scratched and for visibility purposes.
The resident, not a landscaping company, must trim branches if they want Public Works to pick them up. Landscaping companies are to remove any brush they trim or cut down.
Public Works will not pick up branches placed at the curb after October 31st. The remaining branches can be broken up and placed in yard waste bags or yard waste toters provided free of charge by Allied Waste. If you do not have a yard waste container but would like 1, please contact Allied Waste at 708-385-8252.
During the autumn months, the leaf collector is taken out weekly. The leaf crews pick up piles raked out to the curb by the residents. The leaves must be along the edge of the parkway, not placed in the street. It is against the Village ordinance to do this, and it may not be picked up. Please have patience if the leaf collector or chipper truck bypasses your house. The Village has an area dedicated to dumping wood chips and leaves, and they are likely going there. The crews follow a route and pick up your pile when they reach your street. Please note that there should be no obstructions for the leaf collector. The truck should be able to drive alongside the curb to collect leaves. If there is a vehicle or other obstruction, the crew will make a note of it and bypass your pile. See additional information on proper leaf disposal (PDF).
During the winter, Public Works efficiently begins plowing as the snow accumulates. They take care of every Village street. However, they do not plow driveways! Driveways are the sole responsibility of the homeowner. When shoveling your sidewalk or driveway, please remember to throw excess snow in the yard, not into the street, as this is against Village Ordinance codes #25-39. A snow pile placed in the street is an additional hazard that can be easily avoided.
Maple Tree Tar Spot Disease
Many maple trees have shown signs of the maple tar spot disease. The diseases are called “tar spots” because their appearance so closely resembles droplets of tar on leaf surfaces. Tar spot alone is rarely severe enough to threaten the health of trees, but sometimes, there can be so many spots that the tree becomes unsightly. Another side effect is that tar spots may cause early leaf drop.
The first symptoms of infection by a tar spot fungus usually show up in mid-June as small, pale yellow spots. The spots enlarge, and their yellow color intensifies as the season progresses. A black spot on red maple and silver maple usually develops in each yellow spot by mid-July to early August. The black spot grows in diameter and thickness until, by late summer, it looks like a spot of tar. The spot’s surface may have a pattern of wavy indentations or ripples.
Current research has shown that the tar spot fungus does not cause long-term damage to the host. The most effective management practice in a home lawn situation is to rake and destroy leaves in the fall. This will reduce the number of overwintering “spots” (containing the fungal reproductive structures), which can produce spores the following spring. However, where other infected trees are growing nearby, those leaves should also be raked and destroyed. Mulching leaves will suffice to destroy many spots before they mature, but the mulch pile should be covered or turned before new leaves emerge in the spring.