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Leave it to city to suck up leaves? Probably not in Prairie Village
We’ve had a couple of readers ask whether Prairie Village was considering a curbside leaf pickup program similar to the ones available in Fairway and Roeland Park, so we checked in with city administrator Quinn Bennion. He said that the Prairie Village was looking into both city’s programs since he does get questions about the service frequently. Roeland Park is the only municipality in the area that provides curbside pickup without a charge. (UPDATED: Westwood also provides curbside leaf pickup for its residents. Thanks to Rowland for the for the heads up). In Fairway, the city organizes a leaf pickup service from Benjamin Lawn and Landscape, but residents have to sign up, and are charged between $33 and $61 per house a year.
Bennion added that the Prairie Village city council “has talked about providing this service over the years, but it ultimately comes down to budget. There are 9500 households in Prairie Village and to provide a new service such as curbside leaf vacuum would be very costly. There are homes associations within Prairie Village that organize curbside leaf pickup. We encourage homes associations or neighborhoods to organize this service if there is interest and budget. At this point, the program is better managed by a neighborhood than citywide.”
Bennion said that the city had received a handful of complaints about the requirement that residents use paper bags for their leaf pickup, and that no more than 12 lawn bags can be placed on the curb for waste pickup each week.
“The council may review the 12 bag limit provision in the future based on feedback from residents,” he said.
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