FARMINGTON -- City leaders have decided to stick to the tradition of having a spring cleanup despite escalating costs.
City officials discussed the topic during a recent work session and decided to move ahead with the tradition, in spite of the cost to city taxpayers.
The decision comes just months after a December windstorm, with thousands of downed trees, caused an early cleanup of sorts .
City Manager Dave Millheim said officials worry about what wasn't cleaned up after the storm and what some residents may still have in their backyards to remove.
Based on previous spring cleanups, Millheim estimated it costs the city between $50,000 and $100,000 for the yearly event. He said it takes city crews approximately three weeks to clean up debris left at the curb by residents.
Millheim said as the west side of the city develops, it could conceivably take city crews as long as three months to do the annual cleanup.
He has suggested the city may not want to spend that kind of time or money on the effort.
Besides the cost in time and money, city officials have grappled with guidelines for the cleanup.
Millheim has suggested taking steps to have compliance procedures in place for the cleanup this season.
Historically, some officials claim there are some abusers who don't follow guidelines for putting limbs and branches out to the curb, which slows down the annual cleanup.
Although it has been a problem with a few households for a few years, city crews have generally just picked up the debris anyway.
The green waste is taken to the sewer district.