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Bowman Park leaves creating a stink

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Smoldering leaves aren't the calling card West Side neighbors want.  One family says the smell is so strong that they can't mask the taste with extra seasoning at the dinner table.  
Derrick Jaegle lives half a mile from Bowman Park.  Though the putrid stench slowly fades, it all depends on weather.

"Every once in a while, in the afternoon especially, when I'm driving by or at the house if the wind changes, I get that smell coming by," Jaegle said.  "It's just kind of a little bit of a nuisance is all."

Our long winter and wet roads are largely to blame for the stench here out at Bowman Park.  There's too much nitrogen in these leaves and when they get hot it starts to compact down.  That's where you get the smell.  Still, some people actually like it.  It's also what's to blame for the smell of rain; that's called petrichor.

"It used to be that the leaves were gone by December, from what I remember,"  Jaegle said.   "January, like, they would sit out here a little while.  But I think with all this snow and all this weather, probably just hindered the efforts to get the leaves moved.

Not everyone is as patient as Jaegle.  Mike Leutz was dropping off his recycling when he drove right into the wafting aroma on Jackman.

"No I don't think it's a fact of life, I think they need to clean it up," Leutz said.   "Do what they're supposed to, I still see leaves piled up along the streets.  So they're obviously behind, I don't know if it's financial or what it is."

The city carted away several tons of rotting leaves throughout the day Thursday but there is still more to go. 

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