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City Begins Final Pass On Monday

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Monday, May 13th, marks the day the city of Sioux Falls will begin the final pass to pick up branches piled in the neighborhoods west of Minnesota Avenue.

All residents living in that area must have their branches piled by the sidewalk before the cleanup crews arrive, or else the responsibility to get rid of it, lands on their shoulders.

The flashing signs on the side of the road are hard to miss.

They serve as a warning that the final pass is coming.

“They have to wrap it up sometime. If they don't put a deadline, it doesn't get done," said Sioux Falls resident, Dan Anderson.

Anderson and his family spent their Sunday in the front yard, cleaning up the last big pieces left over from the recent ice storm.

“We've cleaned a lot of stuff up already. This is just the big stuff we didn't get around to in the first round," said Anderson.

Like Anderson, many residents living on the west side of Minnesota Avenue are working on a deadline. Starting Monday, the city will begin picking up branch piles for the final time in that area, the final 'push'  as they city calls it, that residents need to be prepared for.

“I'm kind of just ready for the whole thing to just be over!" said Sioux Falls resident, Kelsey Friedel.

Friedel and her fiancé Joey Nelson's home suffered slight damage from the storm; a storm they've spent much of their free time cleaning up after.

“This is phase three. It's all just leaves and the small ones they couldn't get with the scoop. Hopefully they'll get more of it and we'll put the rest in bags," said Sioux Falls resident Joey Nelson.

While the cleanup process has been a tedious one, many residents said they understand the responsibility they have as a property owner. They know that if they don't have their branches piled up along the curb before the deadline, the responsibility of getting rid of those piles is theirs.

“It's just part of home ownership. It's just what you get into when you do it. So I think it is fair. And I think they've done a really good job so as long as they're thorough with the last cleanup then I think it should be alright," said Friedel.

With the launch of the final pass, residents are reminded to consolidate branch piles and place all branches between the sidewalk and the curb. Also be sure not to park in front of branch piles or else they won't be picked up.

Residents can drop off branches at any of the free branch drop off sites.

The final pass for neighborhoods east of Minnesota Avenue will begin on Monday May 20th.

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