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Onalaska residents waiting for leaf pick up

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ONALASKA, WI (WXOW)—Leaf pick up in the City of Onalaska is almost finished for the year, but some residents are worried their street has been skipped.

For over a month, Thomas Rosenow has stared at these piles of leaves in his neighborhood.

"It's always been good, up to this year," Rosenow, 15-year Onalaska Resident said. "Our neighbors are calling Harter's. I'm calling Harter's and we're getting different answers. It's getting closer and closer to the end of the season and we want to know why our leaves aren't picked up."

Rosenow is worried the leaf pile may ruin his well manicured yard.

"If they lay there long enough it will kill your grass," Rosenow said.

 Harter's is contracted to make four sweeps through the city each fall; but Rosenow said he's only seen the trucks twice.

Gary Harter, Harter's Owner, said that's not the case.

Harter said they started picking up leaves the second week of October.  The week before leaves hit their peak color.

"There was a few out there, not a lot," Harter said. "You're darned if you do. Darned if you don't. If you don't, if you wait too long and people are looking for them. If you start too early it's hard to predict the weather."

Since the leaves fell later this year, crews got bogged down during their fourth pass through Onalaska.

"Normally we do four passes," Harter said. "And because the leaves stuck to the trees longer we've been going a fifth pass. So actually we're providing extra services this year."

Harter said they're still working on picking up leaves in Onalaska neighborhoods who's garbage gets picked up on Thursday and Friday.  He said they'll be through Rosenow's neighborhood, between Main Street and Sandlake Road, for the fifth and final pass either today or tomorrow.

"If they get them done Wednesday or Thursday I'll be happier than a lark to know that they're done and we don't have to deal with them," Rosenow said.

But Harter said they're done with Tuesday and Wednesday routes.

If you missed leaf collection, at this point, the Leaf Vac Hotline 608-392-0297, said you'll need to pay to take your leaves to the La Crosse County Landfill.

Bagged leaves won't be picked up either because yard waste pick up is finished for the year.

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