Can I rake leaves into the street for collection by the Village?
The Public Works Department reminds residents not to deposit leaves into streets. Leaves intentionally raked into the street results in a clear and immediate detrimental impact on the Village’s storm sewer system. As we are all aware, rainfall during the fall season in our area is standard. Leaves deposited into the street will inevitably result – during periods of even relatively minor rainfall – in clogged storm sewer inlets and localized flooding. Correcting such problems takes significant man-hours and results in substantial added costs.

The Village’s existing contract with Waste Management – Northwest provides for alternative methods by which residents may dispose of leaves and other forms of yard waste. In addition to paper yard waste bags, residents may use plastic or metal garbage cans – the latter, of course, being emptied and returned to the resident for future use. Instead of the ongoing expense relating to the purchase of paper yard waste bags, residents may wish to make a one-time investment into one or more plastic and/or metal garbage cans for this use. The Village insisted on this provision in the contract and is one of only a few communities where such a disposal method is available.

Moreover, the Village eliminated the requirement of residents to purchase yard waste "stickers" for each bag/can of yard waste disposed. Again, the intent of the Village was to provide a program offering the greatest ease and least amount of inconvenience to its residents.

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1. What should I do if wastewater backs up in my home?
2. If repairs related to wastewater backing up in my home are found to be necessary, are they my responsibility?
3. Whom should I call if water backs up in the street during a rainstorm?
4. Can a parkway tree be removed if its roots are obstructing my sanitary service line?
5. Does the Village Public Works Department maintain all roadways located within the corporate limits of Wheeling?
6. Who is responsible for shoveling snow from sidewalks?
7. Can I park my car on Village-maintained streets during snowfalls?
8. Can I rake leaves into the street for collection by the Village?
9. Who is responsible for the maintenance of streetlights?
10. Does the Village repair or replace driveway aprons?
11. Are rear or side yard easements owned and maintained by the Village?
12. Why does my water often appear cloudy during colder periods of the year?
13. What can I do to prevent my water lines from freezing?