Debris in street prohibited by city ordinance

A California City Ordinance prohibits putting leaves, grass or other debris in the street.

"As we get into the fall season and the temperature begins to drop and leaves begin to fall," said Street Supervisor Vic Maurer, "many will begin the tasks of cleaning up yards and getting things ready for winter."

He said having a place to dispose of yard debris is an important benefit of living inside the City of California.

"First off we all have at our disposal a great yard waste site just north on Highway O. This is a great place to take your tree limbs, grass clippings and leaves for disposal," he said. "Second, the Street Department tries to make a sweep through town at least weekly to pick up any limbs or bagged yard waste that you have set out curbside. This is a free service we do to aid those with no way to get their yard wastes to the site."

There is a city ordinance which prohibits blowing leaves or grass into the street. Doing so anyway could result in a fine.

Maurer said it is not uncommon for storm drains to become clogged leading to flooding streets and yards because leaves and grass someone dumped in the street or in the gutter were washed into the drain by the next heavy rain.

"The city ordinance is in place to keep the streets clear of any hazards and to keep our storm water receptacles clean," Maurer said.

According to city officials, the ordinance has been in place since Nov. 1, 1943.

Although it is a little early to think of snow, Maurer commented that residents should pay attention to City of California Snow Routes. The snow routes are marked by signs and should be kept clear of parked vehicles for access by city snow plows during a snow event.

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