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Residents prepare for more seasonal weather

Fall leaf clean-up in Green Bay, November 28, 2017. (WLUK)

ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- Taking advantage of Tuesday's warmer temperatures, Earl McGregor worked to clear leaves from his yard.

"Usually I'm done by now before deer hunting, this year deer hunting came first," he said.

But some stubborn leaves are still rattling on tree branches, which McGregor says can be a problem, "We got sewer plug all the time and come spring we're gonna have a mess.

Although residents are relieved to see city leaf collectors still making the rounds, Green Bay Public Works operations director, Chris Pirlot, says it comes with challenges, "We don't want to cut short on winter needs and we don't want to cut short on the fall clean-up needs."

The same trucks used for leaf collection are also used for snow plows.

Winterizing trucks would mean limiting leaf collectors.

"You're taking a risk of as to when you're going to cut off leaves and say, no we're focused on winter now," Pirlot said.

Pirlot says winterizing all the trucks can take several months, "We need to clean them up, go through them, service them, grease them, make sure all the nuts and bolts are tight and all the systems are working."

Transitioning a dump truck to a snow plow can take up to two days. Currently, nearly 80 units need to be transitioned.

"We just started this week hitting the vehicles pretty hard, just to clean them up, a lot of them have already been serviced," Pirlot said.

And with winter on its way, Pirlot has a reminder for drivers, that you'll likely hear several times, "Be careful because you know vehicles are expensive to repair and lives can't be replaced."

Pirlot says there will be a seventh leaf collection round soon.

Green Bay tied a record high Tuesday.

The record of 58 degrees was only eleven years old, last set in 2006.


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