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Fall never seems long enough around here. It seems there's not much time between when the leaves fall and the snow starts flying. Homeowners may struggle to get their property cleaned up in time. But Bismarck Public Works has a massive responsibility.     

Since mid-October, six sweepers and half a dozen trucks have been clearing city streets of leaves. Some neighborhoods are cleaned two or three times. If it seems like there are more leaves to clear this year than in the past, you may be right.

"It seems with all the moisture we had this spring the trees are just heavy with leaves, lots of leaves," says equipment operator Todd Timm.

The city has already collected and disposed of 400 tons of leaves.

Residents can help without even lifting a rake.

"If they get their cars, boats, campers off the street then it makes our job a lot easier and we clean things up a lot better," says Timm.

Sweeping leaves isn't the only project public works is focused on.

"We're trying to get the streets clean, we're trying to get the streets patched so they hold up over the winter. We are getting salt made, getting our equipment ready to go in case we have a storm. So, we've been pretty busy," says supervisor Keith Glass, Road and Streets Department.

All the city plows have been equipped with snowblades and gates but they won't have to use them until the last leaf falls.

"Half the leaves are still up in the trees and half are down. So, we'll probably be sweeping till the snow flies," says Glass

The Public Works' website shows where and when sweepers will be, so residents will know when to move their vehicles off the street.

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