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No relief in sight for fall leaf pickup

Each fall Town of Victoria residents are faced with the daunting task of leaf cleanup. Currently residents either burn, haul or leave the leaves in place. During the Sept. 10 Victoria Town Council meeting, Councilman Christopher T. Garrett questioned the status of equipment purchased by the town to address the leaf issue.

“The town purchased a leaf vacuum machine to pick up leaves approximately two years ago. However, leaves are being burned instead,” Garrett said.

Victoria Town Manager Rodney Newton replied, “we have not put the leaf machine into production yet.”

As a follow-up to the town meeting The Dispatch contacted Newton and asked when the leaf vacuum would be put into service. Newton stated, “There is no set date for it to be in service.”

When questioned further Newton said, “This leaf blower was bought at a good price, although some repairs were needed.” He continued, “At this time, I am sure it will not be ready this year.” Newton further stated that besides repairing the leaf blower, the Town Council will need to address other issues associated with fall leaves — such as how to handle leaf pickup.

According to Newton current more pressing town projects such as the water line work and storm runoff project will take priority.

The next Town Council meeting will be held on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Town Municipal building.