Patch reader Ann Marie Mormile Leamey asked White Plains Patch on our Facebook page what the deal is with snowflakes being placed on lampposts in White Plains so early in the season?
The City’s snowflakes were posted before Halloween, so we asked the City why they post the snowflakes so early.
According to Senior Advisor to the Mayor Karen Pasquale, the snowflake lights go up at the end of October and are turned on the day before Thanksgiving.
“The scheduling of it is really a manpower issue,” said Pasquale.
Pasquale says it takes seven men five to seven working days to put up all the snowflakes. They are put up before leaf collection is heaviest. Leaf collection starts around Columbus Day, and is light during October requiring only one or two crews. During November there are typically seven to eight crews working on leaf collection.
“If the City waited to put up the snowflakes they would have to take a needed crew off of leaf collection, so they do it earlier and thus do not disturb leaf collection services for residents,” said Pasquale.
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