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Snow, potholes, now leaves

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Just as we start to see progress from this year's terrible winter, now crews are trying to finish work left over from the Fall

Toledo has waited to see the grass for 76 days.

City crews will do double duty as they fix potholes and collect leaves left once the snow started falling.

But the melting snow is revealing piles of wet leaves.

This could present a real problem for some homeowners.  For instance, in front of a home in West Toledo, 30 feet of the front lawn is covered with the leaves with the pile standing 2 feet high.   So, what would you do with all those leaves if removal was left to homeowners?

This pile is too big to bag and there is too much to leave at the curb.

Residents, like Nikki Mock, are pointing fingers at the city, saying, "They were supposed to do it in the Fall so I feel like they should still pick them up."

For a cash strapped city, you might think homeowners would be left to bag the mess and move on.

Council sees the problem road crews could face.

Larry Sykes (D)  says "I think money is crucial.  Do we spend more money on overtime picking up the leaves or take that crew and fix the potholes?"

Potholes are that *other* chore of springtime road crews.  And potholes are everywhere.

But many streets have leaves everywhere which means even more work for city crews.

Dave Welch is the Commissioner of the city's Streets, Bridges and Harbor department.  He says the leave will get picked up.  "We're going to have to do both.  We're just going to have to fit it in," Welch told 13abc reporter Bill Hormann

And you will pay for it.

Snow,  salt, plowing — and now leaf pickup –  will cost taxpayers another $3.9 million.  That means, in two years,
your assessment tax will likely double from $.52 a foot today to $1.04 a foot in 2016.

But at least the leaves will be picked up, the potholes will be filled and we'll have more salt to battle the Winter *next year*.

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