NORTH WEBSTER – Town residents were asked Tuesday to take care in putting out yard waste for pickup.

Utilities manager Jayne Alger told the North Webster Town Council that they have been working on brush pickup, but the process has been hampered because of the way people are laying the brush. She said that branches that are placed the same way makes for easier pickup.

She said the town will need to use a backhoe to pick up many brush piles because of how they are placed.

Alger also wanted to remind residents of the proper procedure for leaf pickup. Leaves only should be raked to the curb for pickup. She said some people put branches in with the leaves, “and that’s a no-no.” She also said they don’t want leaves in plastic bags.

Door hanger signs will be placed on doorknobs of homes in violation of proper pickup as a reminder. Signs will also be hung on the bulletin boards of the grocery, the hardware store and other community locations. Reminders will also be posted on the town’s Facebook page and the North Webster Community Watch Facebook page.

Alger reported that things went very well for the sanitary sewer system in August. After changes were made to chlorine levels for the system, E. coli violations were completely removed.

Tammy Waliczek also reported improved E. coli levels at the park. The town began using grape Kool-Aid as a deterrent to geese, and “just getting rid of the geese changed the whole water content,” she said – for a cost of 66 cents.

In other business:

• Restrooms in the park will be closed for the winter in mid-October.

• Police Chief Greg Church said he is accepting applications for patrol officers for the North Webster Police Department through Oct. 23. Those interested may pick up an application at the department.

Church said the department is very short-handed and asked the council to approve 200 hours of overtime for his two patrol officers, though he said he doesn’t expect to need all of the time. He is not paid for working overtime, he said.

• Church asked for approval to purchase a new squad car for his department. The 2021 Ford Explorer will be ordered via Kerlin Motors at a cost of $31,919.38.

• Clerk-treasurer Betsy Luce asked for an additional appropriation of $87,324 for the town’s Rainy Day Fund. The fund was inadvertently budgeted with a zero dollar amount.

• Budget hearings are planned for 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the town hall. Oct. 20 is also the date of the next council meeting.