Jim Thorpe Borough Council member W. Todd Mason, who also heads up the Public Services committee for the borough, told the council during its normal monthly meeting on Thursday that the borough would begin cleaning up leaves next week and use new equipment to extract leaves from the curbside for the next two weeks.

Starting on Monday, Oct. 12 and running weekdays for two weeks, borough crews will be traveling the streets sucking up any leaves borough residents cared to rake to the curb. But Mason cautioned residents not to bundle up their leaves in bags.

"If everyone can get their leaves out to the curb, the borough will be coming by with some new machinery that we purchased last year to get things cleaned up," he said. "We're using a new suction device to suck up the leaves, so they should just be raked to the street's edge. This is important because it will keep these leaves out of our storm drains."

There is no set schedule for the crews. They will be working all over town until the 23.