While the world has been changing to respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus, isn't it nice to know some things stay the same, like the great community services offered to residents by the city of Hilliard?
As spring rains transition to summer sunshine, here are a few of the services residents can enjoy.
Weekly chipper service continues Mondays through Thursdays through October. Check the color-coded chipper schedule at hilliardohio.gov/trash-recycling to determine which day brush and branches are collected for chipping during the summer.
Place tree limbs and shrub clippings at the curb by 7 a.m. on the scheduled day of service for your street. Trimmings must be at least 4 feet long. Piles should not include vines, thorns, roots, grass of any kind or foreign materials, such as metal, lumber, nails, wire, string, rope or staples.
When a tree service or landscape company is hired to cut down trees or clear areas, the company is responsible for that removal.
Grass clippings, leaves, branches and other yard waste are collected each Tuesday for Hilliard residents. Organic waste should be placed in brown paper bags or rigid containers clearly labeled with yard-waste stickers, which are available at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.
Please cut branches to less than 4 feet in length and tie them into bundles with string or twine. Each container, bag or bundle must weigh less than 50 pounds and be free of rocks, dirt and plastic bags.
Tree pruning and maintenance
The city is responsible for trees in the public rights of way. Homeowners are responsible for trees in their yards. The city will prune or trim trees only in the public rights of way.
Vacation house checks
Planning to leave town for a few days? Fill out a vacation house check form to request that Hilliard Division of Police officers keep an eye on your home. Get complete information and request a vacation house check at hilliardohio.gov/vacation-house-check.
By mid- to late summer, mosquitoes carrying such diseases as West Nile virus can begin showing up in Hilliard. Within Hilliard, spraying for mosquitoes is performed by Franklin County Public Health, which typically sprays when a trapped mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus.
The city does not spray for mosquitoes, but we notify residents in affected areas through social media.
The city performs periodic and frequent street sweeping throughout all residential and commercial areas.
Routine street sweeping reduces the amount of flooding during heavy rainfall and increases operational efficiency of the city's storm-sewer system.
Street sweeping also protects the environment by significantly reducing the amount of pollutants entering the storm-sewer system.
Hilliard 311 is a service that allows residents to submit service requests from a computer or mobile device at hilliard.mobile311.com. Those who prefer calling may reach Hilliard 311 at 614-876-7361, ext. 311.
Service requests include leaf collection, potholes, sewer maintenance, streetlight outages, street-sign issues, street sweeping and tree maintenance.
Larry Lester is director of operations for Hilliard.