Sidewalks and terrace grass adjacent to the road are located within public street right-of-way and not on private property. However, City ordinance requires the adjacent property owner to maintain of grass and sidewalks adjacent to their property.
When DPW collects yard and garden waste, they must do it in as efficient a manner as possible. Decades ago, DPW employees physically raked leaves into the street and vacuumed them into trucks. That manual method of removal was eliminated due to very high labor costs and was replaced by other methods to save time and cost.
Contrary to popular belief, DPW’s goal is to do no damage when collecting yard waste. Unfortunately, reality prevails and terrace damage sometimes occurs. If DPW causes damage to large sections of terrace grass and/or gouges the terrace during yard waste collection, DPW will repair that damage if the property owner asks.
Repair of small/incidental marks on the terrace are left to the adjacent property owner, with DPW’s apologies for leaving the marks. Terrace damage is reviewed on a case-by-case basis when requested by a resident. If bad enough to warrant repair, DPW repairs terrace damage in the spring of each year using topsoil and seed. Rolled sod is not used for these repairs.
Also as an item of interest, DPW recognizes that grass blades turn brown when yard waste sits on them for long periods of time. The grass blades die due to lack of sunlight. However, the grass root system remains alive but dormant. Once sunlight and oxygen is restored to the grass, it will re-grow.