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Bridgewater is approaching two months since it began its emergency brush clean-up following Superstorm Sandy—and residents are mixed in reporting whether their streets have been cleared.
The township council had previously made an emergency appropriation of $640,000 to hire seven contractors to travel around the township and pick up brush left out by residents. They are going street by street, and will cover each street in town once, as they have been doing since the program began Nov. 26.
The hired contractors are Absolute Tree Experts, LLC; CRI Total Site Service; FTS, Inc.; Hayden Construction Group Corp; High Tech Landscape, Inc.; K&J Tree Service; and RJS Associates Landscaping, Inc.
The township has said it will not give a definitive time for pick-up on individual streets because it all depends on how long each location takes.
But residents have said they are seeing the pick-up, and are pleased that some of the debris has been taken away.
Raymond Court resident Heidi Franz said Monday that her street was taken care of last week, with the debris in the neighborhood fully cleared.
But, Franz said, the crews themselves were great.
“We had a tree down in our backyard that we hadn’t had a chance to cut up and haul to the front for removal,” she said. “We came home from work last week and the tree was gone.”
And Wexford Way resident EJ Stankiewicz reported on Saturday that he saw crews picking up storm debris that afternoon.
As of Monday afternoon, residents on Mountain Avenue in Thomae Park, White Oak Ridge Road, Baltusrol Way and Donahue Road reported that their streets had been cleared.
Some said only brush was removed, while logs still remain on Papen Road, Donahue Road and English Court.
Township administrator James Naples has said that the crews may not be able to take the large logs and trees, but that the township Public Works Department will return to take care of those.
And residents on Charlotte Drive and in the Sunset Lake area have reported that their debris is still not cleared.
The township has said the crews will be used until all debris is removed.
For those who have not had their streets checked out, and still want brush taken, these are the regulations for putting the materials out:
- All brush should be cut into 5-foot pieces.
- Brush should be placed behind the curb line or edge of pavement.
- Brush should not be placed in the roadway.
- Logs and leaf bags should be in separate piles from branches.
- Loose leaves will not be picked up, but should be placed in paper bags to be picked up separately.
- Each street will only be checked once.
- The individual homeowner is responsible for taking care of any lawn restoration.
- Leaf bags and logs will be picked up on a different schedule by the township Department of Public Works.
What state is your street in at this point?