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Ballwin acts on leaf collection program, paving bids

By: Jim Erickson

Ballwin will conduct a pilot leaf collection program this fall to see if a change will mean a more efficient system with less overtime.

The city’s board of aldermen authorized the public works department to seek formal bids on a program that will have a contractor collect leaves in the Meadowbrook Country Club Estates subdivision this fall.

The subdivision is about 5 percent of the city’s total collection area, according to Jim Link, director of public works. The goal is to determine if reducing the size of the area handled in-house will result in leaf collection being done sooner and with less overtime.

In addition, the city’s public works committee has recommended the leaf collection effort use a fixed number of crew members in each ward during the program’s duration this fall. The strategy will ensure increased visibility and frequency, the committee believes.

In another action affecting public works activities, Ballwin aldermen approved a $550,443 contract with M&H Concrete Contractors for work throughout the city involving street slabs, curbs and gutters, sidewalk replacement and upgrading of curb ramps to meet standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The St. Peters-based firm was the lowest of four contractors bidding on the project, to be done during the upcoming construction season.

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