The Reading Public Works Department has 13 full-time employees who provide residents and businesses with a comprehensive network of public services, including storm sewer repair, street and curb maintenance, guardrail repair and replacement, maintenance on signs, snow and ice removal, and the planting and trimming of trees, shrubs and flowers on municipal grounds.
Public Works Department office hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. September through May, and 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. June through August.
To contact the Public Works Department, call the Chief of Public Works Darrell Courtney at (513) 733-5180 or call the City’s Administrative Office at (513) 733-3725 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
See the information below to for additional information about services in Reading
Garbage & Recycling Collections
The City contracts with Rumpke Waste Collection to provide garbage and recycling collection services to residents. If you would like a large green recycling container on wheels instead of the smaller red container, call Rumpke at (513) 742-2900. Cost of garbage and recycling collection is included on your water and sewer bill.
If you have large items for pickup, such as chairs, carpet, mattresses, washers, etc., you need to call Rumpke in advance of setting out the items.
To contact Rumpke, call (513) 742-2900. Tell the customer representative what you have to set out and she will tell you when they can pick it up or if there are any special instructions or restrictions.
Leaf & Limb Collection
City crews will pick up tree limbs from your home year round. Crews try to get to every street once a week, but sometimes due to manpower or other priorities, it will occur less frequently. City crew WILL NOT collect limbs cut down by a contractor. Contractos are responsible for hauling away limbs and bushes cut down.
Leaf collections are made by city crews in the fall. Exact length of time for leaf collection depends upon weather. If we can not collect them, please bag them and we will pick them up. Contact the City’s Administration Office at (513) 733-3725 for more information.
Either the Mayor or the Safety Services Director can declare a snow emergency, which will be broadcasted on local radio and television stations. While the snow emergency is in effect, streets designated as snow emergency routes must be cleared of parked vehicles so emergency crews can get through.
Additionally, motorists are prohibited from operating vehicles on such streets if the vehicle is not appropriately equipped. Motorists can be cited if their vehicles stall or get stuck in the snow on snow emergency routes during a snow emergency.
City officials urge residents to move their vehicles off snow emergency routes when winter weather storms are predicted so vehicles do not get plowed in or stranded.
Special Pick-up Service
Arrangements can be made for a truck to be left at your premises overnight for especially large pick-ups. The truck rental is $100. Call the City’s Administration Office at (513) 733-3725 to book yours.