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Elkhart Street Department worker Robert Nelson uses a leaf blower Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 to move leaves into Blaine Avenue as he works with a crew to remove the annual autumn load of leaves. After the leaves are in the street they are loaded into large trucks and hauled away. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

An Elkhart Street Department crew loads leaves into a truck to be hauled away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The crew of several workers, both in trucks and on foot moved along Wolf Avenue as they remove the annual autumn load of leaves. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Elkhart Street Department worker Melvin Clark uses a leaf blower Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 to move leaves into Wolf Avenue as he works with a crew to remove the annual autumn load of leaves. After the leaves are in the street they are loaded into large trucks and hauled away. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Elkhart Street Department worker Robert Nelson uses a leaf blower Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 to move leaves into Blaine Avenue as he works with a crew to remove the annual autumn load of leaves. After the leaves are in the street they are loaded into large trucks and hauled away. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Elkhart Street Department worker Robert Nelson uses a leaf blower Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 to move leaves into Blaine Avenue as he works with a crew to remove the annual autumn load of leaves. After the leaves are in the street they are loaded into large trucks and hauled away. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

A young child watches from a window as Elkhart Street Department worker Melvin Clark uses a leaf blower Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 to move leaves into Blaine Avenue as he works with a crew to remove the annual autumn load of leaves. After the leaves are in the street they are loaded into large trucks and hauled away. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)
Leaf removal continues in Elkhart

Posted on Nov. 15, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 15, 2012 at 5:39 a.m.

ELKHART — Elkhart residents may continue to pile leaves against street curbs as the city’s leaf pickup continues on schedule, according to the Elkhart Street Department.

“I think the leaves came down a bit sooner [this year], but as far as pickup goes, it’s been pretty normal,” said Marty Morgan, who oversees the street department.

As many Elkhart residents are aware, most of the leaves in the city are already down for the season. Four crews are in charge of leaf removal — two with loader trucks and two with leaf vacuums.

This week the crews are picking up leaves in neighborhoods south of the mainline railroad tracks. On Friday they will begin pickup in neighborhoods north of the St. Joseph River and west of Johnson Street. That round of pickup will last through next week.

A third round of leaf removal will take place in neighborhoods north of the St. Joseph River and east of Johnson Street during the week of Nov. 26. Neighborhoods south of the St. Joesph River up to the mainline Norfolk Southern railroad tracks can expect pickup during the week of Dec. 3.

The leaf pickup crews will make a final round of the city in December, weather permitting.