School zone and fall cleanup reminders
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This article was published 01/09/2020 (1001 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
We continue to live in extraordinary times, where extraordinary measures have been called for and implemented. Social distancing has become a normal part of our everyday lives, it is our civic duty to do all we can to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
As autumn approaches the kids will be heading back to school and yard waste collection will once again begin to pick up with the increase in falling leaves. You should all note, too, that safety reminder that school safety speed zones will be back in effect as of Sept. 1.
As I wrote last year, my council colleague Kevin Klein of Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood, was approached by one of his constituents, Chuck Lewis, general manager of Expert Electric with an offer to outfit every school zone in the city with flashing amber lights free of charge.
I can happily report back that the city’s public works department reached an agreement with Lewis to outfit all school zones with these amber lights back in June of this year. Rollout of the lighting will take some time to complete, though.
As a reminder, when raking fallen leaves this fall, please do not rake or sweep this yard waste onto the street as it can clog the catch basins which, in turn, can affect drainage on your street.
If you do not have access to paper yard waste bags you can alternatively use an acceptable container (plastic tubs, old blue boxes, metal or plastic garbage cans) without a lid to store your yard waste until it is ready for pick up. Please ensure the containers are lighter than 22 kilograms (50 pounds).
Many of you may be wondering what happens to this yard waste once it is collected by the city?
It is taken to a central location and composted into a reusable, soil-like material and used in city flower beds and to landscape finished landfill areas. The city is also exploring other opportunities for future uses.
As always, I’m proud to represent Transcona at City Hall, and I hope you find my articles informative.
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Shawn Nason is the city councillor for Transcona ward.