You made me smile! Thank you so much :-)
I'm envious. I wish our city offered the vaccuum option.
Anywho, I have talked to them about the grass clippings and while the practice has decreased, I have caught them in the act a couple of times. I'm really not interested in starting a war as our kids play together (and...I really don't want to feel uncomfortable going into my backyard).
Although I do plan to put up a fence, we simply cannot afford to do so at the moment :-( As for trimming the trees, we are also unable to do so...but not due to costs. We recently had several trees manicured and were advised not to remove any healthy limbs from the trees in question as it could result in the trees falling over. These trees (which are about 5 feet away from their fence) border a water shed where we continue to struggle to add soil in an effort to prevent further erosion. Because the trees are rather dense around the water shed, they don't have many branches on the side of the water (where there is less light) - leaving the outside of the perimeter for the braches to grow - which are the branches that face their property. Of course, they have the option to trim the branches that hang over into their property, but they have not done so.
From a personal perspective, I find it a bit disappointing and surprising that I actually have to have this conversation at all with grown, responsible adults. From my perview, I agree with you...it is nothing less than rude and demonstrates that they have little to no respect for us. Again...disappointing.
Nevertheless, I want to thank you again for making me giggle. While deeply unimportant in the grand scheme of things, this leaf-dumping issue is giving me a bit of a headache at the moment. Oh, and thank you for trying to take a deeper look into our laws. I couldn't find much more than you did, also. :-( Have a super night!