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County government resumes services; storm debris removal update

RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2017

• Government Offices Opening

o All county government operations under the Board of County Commissioners will open Thursday with the exception of the Astor and Cagan Crossings libraries due to power issues. The Discovery Gardens at the UF/IFAS Extension Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares, is closed until further notice due to storm debris from Hurricane Irma. The Extension Offices and Master Gardeners’ Clinic are open during regular business hours. 

• Power Outages

o 45,957 customers remain without power.

• Lake County Transit

o LakeXpress will run as scheduled. All faires have been waived.

o Lake County Connection is running ADA and life-systaining trips only.

• Lake County Garbage Disposal Sites

o Central Landfill Facility – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days per week, until further notice.
o All other convenience centers will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, until further notice.
o All residential disposal fees have been suspended until Oct. 2.

• Storm-related Vegetative Debris

o The county is mobilizing resources to pick-up storm-related debris at no charge to residents.
o Residents may bring storm-related vegetative debris to the Central Landfill Facility or convenience centers for disposal, free of charge.
o Alternately, storm debris can be left at the curb for pickup by a Solid Waste contractor over the next few weeks, free of charge.
o Be aware that outside contractors who approach residents seeking payment for storm debris removal are not affiliated with Lake County. 
o If anyone is asked by their residential hauler for additional payment to remove debris, DO NOT PAY and immediately call 352-253-9999 to report this potentially fraudulent activity.

• Non-storm related bulk pickup

o Bulk pickup of appliances or other non-vegetative materials such as furniture and fencing, will be collected by your residential hauler. Residents must call the hauler to report a pickup. The hauler has three days to pick-up the items. 

For any questions regarding county government operations or debris removal, call the Citizens Information Line at 352-253-9999. For information about power outages, call your power company directly. 

• Non-storm related regular yard waste

o Yard waste that is considered to be vegetative material resulting from landscaping maintenance, including shrub and tree trimmings, grass clippings, leaves, palm fronds, and branches will be collected by residential haulers.
o Limbs and branches must be no longer than four feet in length with limbs no greater than six inches in diameter.
o Leaves may be bagged or placed into a customer-provided container, not a county-provided cart. Minimal vegetative storm debris can be disposed of as yard waste if it meets these requirements. All yard waste material must be placed within three feet of the curb or edge of the road no later than 6 a.m. on the designated pick-up day.
o Regular yard waste cannot exceed 50 lbs.



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Lake County media contact:
Elisha Pappacoda
Public Information Officer
Office: 352-343-9609; Cell: 352-460-2851

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