City’s leaf vacuuming discontinued

August 1, 2017 GMT

MOUNT CARMEL — The City of Mount Carmel will no longer be using the leaf vacuum to pick up leaves from city properties in the fall.

“The leaf vacuum machine is on its last leg, and it’s too expensive to replace,” City Commissioner Eric Ikemire reported Monday evening.

Residents can no longer rake leaves to the side of the curb for the leaf vacuum, but city officials say homeowners can bag up leaves and city workers will pick up the bags.

In other business at Monday evening’s session, Mount Carmel Mayor Bill Hudson asked residents to set trash containers out early on trash collection days. “City workers will not pick up mattresses or anything that won’t fit into garbage cans,” he added.

The city council approved a $39,658 bid from Mount Carmel Stabilization for chipping and sealing city streets. The bid was $900 lower than the other bids.

Hudson also reported that the city pool will close Aug. 13. The city also approved a request from Jeff Thompson of the Eagles to allow a beer garden at the Eaglefest Sept. 22-24.