CURBSIDE LIMB PICKUP SCHEDULED: Alleys no longer secondary option

COLUMBIA CITY — With the Columbia City Street Department gearing up for the annual limb pickup season, Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh discussed a change with Columbia City Common Council to this year’s service, which begins on April 1 and runs through October.The department’s limb pickup will be curbside pickup only in 2012, meaning that residents can no longer pile their limbs in the alleyway. Cearbaugh said the department experienced problems with alley pickup and that there were several benefits to switching to curb pickup only.Removing alleys from the equation will cut two days of pickup work per month, allowing more time for the department to service other in-house projects it has around the city. The change will also cut approximately 15 miles of alley out of the department’s route, saving fuel costs for the city during times of rising gas prices.Those without a curb will not be affected by the change. Cearbaugh said there will also be exceptions, such as storm events where significant wind or heavy snow pulls limbs down around the city.The department will go through the alleys toward the end of the month to pick up anything that may remain from the fall and winter season, but as of April 1, it is curbside only.___For a more in depth look at this story, see the March 14 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.