Welcome to fall, Berryville! It sure hasn’t felt much like it in the waning weeks of September, but recent rain and the resulting falling foliage have proven otherwise. With fall upon us, we thought it an appropriate time to go over some seasonal reminders. First off, what to do with those falling leaves. Leaf collection in town begins Oct. 21, and runs through December 13. Public Works staff uses a vacuum leaf collection machine to pick up the leaves that have been raked to the curb or property line. Leaves must be at the curb by 7 a.m. on the Monday of your scheduled collection week. The schedule can be found online at berryvilleva.gov. Rake your leaves into a pile at the curb or, if no curb exists, leaves may be piled at the property line facing the street. Please do not pile leaves in or near storm drains or water meter covers or on sidewalks. Also, take time to remove any stones, litter, branches and other debris from the pile, as these can damage the leaf vacuum. Please do not park on the street in front of the collected leaves from 7am to 3pm during your collection week until collection is finished. You do not need to call the Town Office to request leaf pickup. Each neighborhood will receive a minimum of three collections during the leaf removal season, weather permitting. If you prefer, you may bag your leaves in paper yard waste bags and the town will collect them each Monday. Burning of leaves is not permitted.
As a reminder, the town offers brush pickup every Monday, and no request is needed for that, either. Make sure any brush or yard waste is placed at your curb or property line by 7am Monday morning. Inclement weather or other factors may delay pickup, but yard waste may remain in place if needed, and crews will make the rounds through the neighborhoods as they are able. Information on rules for yard waste, and what type of yard waste can be collected, can be found under the FAQs section of the berryvilleva.gov website.
Fall also brings with it earlier sunsets, which makes well-lit streets all the more important. Should a streetlight by your house burn out, or if you notice any lights out throughout town, report it to the Town Office by calling 540-955-1099. There is also a Report an Outage link on the berryvilleva.gov website under the “How Do I” tab at the top.
Perhaps one of the best parts of fall is Halloween and trick-or-treating! At least for young ones and area dentists. Although we as a Town Council have not yet taken a formal vote on trick-or-treating time this year (we will do that at our October meeting), barring anything unforeseen, trick-or-treating hours will likely be from 6–8:30pm on Halloween night, Thursday, October 31. Please, everyone stay safe and have a fun start to the fall!
This monthly column is authored by the members of the Berryville Town Council. For more information on town government, including meetings, agendas, and contact information for the Town Council and town staff, visit www.berryvilleva.gov.