City starts street sweep­ing, leaf pickup

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - COMMUNITY -

TOR­RING­TON — The spring leaf and yard waste pickup for Tor­ring­ton res­i­dents will be­gin Mon­day, April 23 and end Fri­day, May 4. Leaves and Yard Waste must be placed curb­side for pickup on the same day as garbage pickup. Do not call to sched­ule pickup.

Any res­i­dent who missed the Jan­uary Christ­mas tree col­lec­tion can also place their Christ­mas trees curb­side for col­lec­tion. Res­i­dents are re­minded that all plas­tic bags and dec­o­ra­tions must be re­moved from trees prior to pick up.

Yard waste in­cludes hor­ti­cul­tural trim­mings, which are free of stones, dirt, and sharp ob­jects; or other nat­u­ral or­ganic mat­ter, such as grass clip­pings, dis­carded from yards and gar­dens. Only leaves and yard waste bagged in biodegrad­able pa­per bags or tied into bun­dles not ex­ceed­ing fifty (50) pounds in weight will be picked up. In­di­vid­ual branches shall not ex­ceed four (4) feet in length or 3" in di­am­e­ter. Leaves or yard waste raked into piles curb­side will not be picked up. Biodegrad­able pa­per bags can be pur­chased at many lo­cal stores.

Res­i­dents are re­minded that leaves and grass trim­mings are a re­cy­clable ma­te­rial and can­not be picked up as part of our nor­mal curb­side col­lec­tion and dis­posal pro­gram. Grass clip­pings can be eas­ily man­aged dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son by re­mov­ing grass catch­ers on mow­ers and leav­ing the clip­pings on the lawn. Grass clip­pings are 80 per­cent wa­ter and de­com­pose quickly. Clip­pings also act as a nat­u­ral fer­til­izer re­turn­ing ni­tro­gen and other nu­tri­ents to the lawn.

Street sweep­ing be­gan Mon­day, and res­i­dents are asked to sweep off side­walks and lawns, be­ing care­ful to elim­i­nate all for­eign ob­jects such as sticks, large stones and branches that could dam­age the sweeper. It is rec­om­mended that de­bris not be swept into piles. “We ask your co­op­er­a­tion in mov­ing any cars parked on the street when the sweeper ar­rives, as each street will be swept once be­fore any re­turn trips to the same area,” of­fi­cials said in a re­lease. “Streets will be cleaned ac­cord­ing to a geo­graphic sched­ule but res­i­dents should be aware this process is time con­sum­ing as the sweep­ers must move slowly. Do not call the Street Depart­ment to ask when a street will be swept. The co­op­er­a­tion of all res­i­dents will help to make this process as ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble.” and pro­vide as­sis­tance to swim­mers at State Park beaches; cau­tion swim­mers re­gard­ing un­safe ar­eas; main­tain or­der in swim­ming ar­eas; res­cue swim­mers in dan­ger of drown­ing and ad­min­is­ter first aid and/or CPR as re­quired; par­tic­i­pate in phys­i­cal and res­cue skills train­ing; per­form gen­eral main­te­nance tasks, per­form re­lated du­ties as re­quired. Hours of work are 10 am to 6 pm, five days per week for a to­tal of 40 hours. Week­ends and hol­i­days are manda­tory. Life­guards must be at least 16, pass the Amer­i­can Red Cross water­front mod­ule pre­req­ui­sites; and be able to work week­ends and hol­i­days.

Sea­sonal Pa­trol Of­fi­cers work under En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion Po­lice Divi­sion. There are both first and sec­ond shifts avail­able. The lo­ca­tions are pri­mar­ily at state parks and re­cre­ation ar­eas. The pre­ferred can­di­date will have con­sid­er­able in­ter­per­sonal skills, knowl­edge of Con­necti­cut po­lice pro­ce­dures and the abil­ity to work week­ends and hol­i­days. As a pri­mary vis­i­tor con­tact, in­ter­acts with the pub­lic to as­sist them in the safe and or­derly en­joy­ment of depart­ment re­sources and ac­tiv­i­ties; en­forces laws and reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing vis­i­tor be­hav­ior and the use of depart­ment lands and fa­cil­i­ties; in­ves­ti­gates and pre­pares re­ports of un­usual oc­cur­rences; may su­per­vise other sea­sonal em­ploy­ees as as­signed. The ap­pli­cant must have a Po­lice Of­fi­cer Stan­dard Train­ing Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Salary: $20 per hour. Length of po­si­tion: April 15 through Oct. 15.

Sea­sonal Park Po­si­tions: A num­ber of dif­fer­ent sea­sonal po­si­tions are avail­able across the Con­necti­cut State Park sys­tem, in­clud­ing sea­son main­tain­ers, camp­ground su­per­vi­sor, in­ter­pre­tive guide, camp of­fice staff and other po­si­tions. Most po­si­tions are typ­i­cally first shift, but other po­si­tions will be sec­ond or third shift. Typ­i­cally po­si­tions are 5 days per week, and may in­clude manda­tory week­end shifts.

These po­si­tions are funded through the Pass­port to Parks pro­gram, which was cre­ated by the bi­par­ti­san state bud­get adopted last year and is sup­ported through a $10 fee ap­plied by the Depart­ment of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles (DMV) to non-com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles that have new reg­is­tra­tions, re­newals, and plate trans­fers reg­is­tered. These in­clude pas­sen­ger cars and ve­hi­cles with com­bi­na­tion plates, as well as mo­tor­cy­cles, campers/ mo­tor homes, and ve­hi­cles with an­tique car plates.

Funds gen­er­ated through this sys­tem will pro­vide the Con­necti­cut State Park sys­tem with greater fi­nan­cial sup­port, al­low­ing a num­ber of ser­vices at the parks that had been pre­vi­ously re­duced to be re­stored, such as the re­open­ing of sev­eral closed camp­grounds, in­creased staffing of state beaches dur­ing the sum­mer, and the restora­tion of reg­u­lar hours of oper­a­tion at na­ture cen­ters and mu­se­ums.

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