From fleet management to street maintenance, the Elizabethtown Public Works Department stays busy with the primary goal of providing quality service to residents.

During Monday’s Elizabethtown City Council work session, Public Works Superintendent Don Hill shared with members some of what the department has done so far this year.

For instance, they’ve resurfaced 44 streets or 13.74 miles. He noted 20 other streets are on the list for this paving season, including West Poplar from North Miles to Morningside Drive, French Street, and several others. The Pritchard Community Center parking lot also is scheduled to be resurfaced.

On the street services side, Hill said they’ve picked up 1,645 loads of brush, as well as 107 dead animals.

They’ve also patrolled 200.6 miles, picking up 2,872 bags of litter. Over the past five years, Hill said they’ve picked up more than 20,000 bags of litter.

As for street construction, they’ve laid 715 tons of asphalt and 93 feet of drainage tile, he said.

Elizabethtown Public Works also has been a involved with the Freeman Lake bandstand and the Funtopia playground projects, as well as the site work and more for the new walking trail at Freeman Lake.

Additionally, during Monday’s work session, Hill said the city will soon be starting its fall leaf pickup program.

The program divides the city into five areas, and the schedule repeats each week until leaf season is completed. During this period, brush pickup also continues. Hill requested residents keep leaves and brush separate.

Elizabethtown residents can part ways with unwanted leaves through two curbside pick-up options. First, the clear bag method, where residents place leaves in clear bags no heavier than 50 pounds near the street.

Those who need clear bags can purchase them at the Department of Public Works, 301 Waterworks Drive, or at Pritchard Community Center for $3 for a roll of 25 or $27 for a case of 250. Only clear bags will be collected.

Elizabethtown residents also have an option of piling loose leaves beside the curb, which will be picked up by vacuum trucks. Hill said leaves should be cleared of all debris and should not obstruct storm water drainage structures.

To watch the full Elizabethtown City Council work session, go to elizabethtownky.org.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com

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