Hired Crews Complete Brush Removal, DPW to Finish

The crews hired are finished, now the DPW will be out to remove remaining brush and logs.

As of Thursday, the contractors hired by the township have completed their assignments removing brush from the township, and now the Department of Public Works will begin making the rounds for the remaining collections.

Township administrator James Naples said the seven contractors hired through emergency funding to clean up brush left on curbsides after Superstorm Sandy have completed their work collecting once from each street in Bridgewater.

“It is our estimate that 75 percent of the township is now done,” he said. “Certain neighborhoods are not done, and we have directed the DPW to start with those.”

“Some still have significant brush left and some don’t,” he added.

Naples said the township has a detailed list of houses with logs remaining, and the DPW will go around and pick up the remaining materials.

To date, Naples said, the contractors have picked up 14,325 cubic yards of chipped debris, and moved 19,000 cubic yards from the park sites to the yard waste site.

The township’s yard waste site on Foothill Road, Naples said, is currently closed and will reopen Jan. 25 to residents. At that point, he said, the township will close the dump sites at the different parks.

“We closed the yard waste site because the size of the piles was getting unsafe and unwieldy for residents coming in and out,” he said. “Also, the contractors have [materials] for grinding the stumps, and there is apt to be debris flying. It’s unsafe to have the public coming in and out.”

And when the yard waste site reopens, Naples said, the park sites, except for Harry Ally Memorial Park, will be closed to brush drop-off.

“Based on what the DPW staff has seen, we are getting a lot of out-of-town contractors now dropping debris there,” he said. “It has gotten to a point where we have blocked off some parks with equipment, and we have had people dropping debris next to the equipment.”

“It is safe to say we are at the tipping point where it is less beneficial for our residents, and it is becoming abusive,” he added.

Still, Naples said, once the yard waste site reopens, residents can still drop debris there.

Starting Tuesday, Naples said, three DPW crews, with assistance from county workers, will begin removing the remaining brush and logs from homes.

“While the crews are out there, they can take the small logs too,” he said.

Naples said he believes the project has been a success on the whole.

“The job the contractors did was excellent, and they were all supervised so we had someone out there monitoring every day,” he said. “I think the program has worked well, and we got almost no complaints from residents.”

But, Naples said, it is obvious that with the volume of brush needing to be cleared, this program was necessary.

“We’re in January, and we still have people with piles of brush,” he said. “We will finish up hopefully shortly, and get the logs removed before the spring.”

Laurie VanValkenburgh January 21, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Wingate Drive has not been touched !!
Craig Manara January 21, 2013 at 12:22 PM
They didn't pick up my debri on Pennlyn Place!!!
Megan Maltese January 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Stoney brook or rolling knolls?? Full of stuff.
Megan Maltese January 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Stoney brook or rolling knolls??full of stuff
Sam January 21, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Madison Ave has not been cleaned up yet
Jeanne January 21, 2013 at 03:29 PM
No one has been on Strawbridge Street yet. How do we get this addressed?????
NJLOR17 January 21, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Strawbridge, Wingate and Lyme Rock roads have yet to be cleared out. What gives????
Judy Zoller January 21, 2013 at 08:23 PM
I'm home most of the time, when I'm not walking dogs around the neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods. Not sure how it can be said that ALL the streets have been cleared in Bridgewater at least once, when no one has come close to Dow Road or any of the neighborhoods mentioned above. This is not new brush, it's been out at the curbs since week after Sandy and it is becoming extremely hazardous to walk on alot of sidewalks and streets. It most likely is difficult for the emergency vehicles to get down Dow Road, since the debris hangs over the curbs and can block your view, with some of the piles so high.
Karen Rosenfeld January 22, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Logs and brush still on Pennlyn Place.
Jedcomm January 22, 2013 at 12:40 AM
You have got to be kidding. No trucks ever came down Strawbridge, Wingate or Lyme Rock Road. Does the town really know the definition of 'COMPLETE'? Just drive down the street and see for yourself rather than just make the judgement call from behind the desk. please?
notanative January 22, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Before everyone gets upset, please reread. As stated in the third paragraph: "It is our estimate that 75 percent of the township is now done" he said. "Certain neighborhoods are not done and we have directed the DPW to start with those."
Jo Ann Maddalena January 22, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Somerville road--logs are outside many of the homes! Bib logs and small logs- Where are these crews???
Robert Young January 23, 2013 at 01:26 PM
The town should get help from thoes sitting home collecting welfare who can work. Town lets wake up and use some of the tax payers money and put some good use to it.
Maurice Marvi January 23, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Doctor Welby, Contrary to uninformed opinion, most people on welfare already have a work or education requirement. Those who don't are most probably not physically well enough to perform the work needed. Brush cleanup, especially in this weather is demanding, and exposing to danger for the untrained worker.
Robert Young January 23, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Dear Maurice, firstly the name is Robert Young. Secondly, your opinion is greatly appreciated but it is just your opinion. Brush clean-up does not take a trained worker. I am 63 and offered my help to any senior in Bridgewater that needs the help. So, Weather? Also, I would like to highlight the word you used in your post (Most People).
Robert Young January 24, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Maurice Marvi January 24, 2013 at 01:35 PM
No Doctor Welby, As you seem to know, Welfare checks can't be collected after the end of business. I wait until the banks open. As fo Brush Clean up not requiring a trained worker. The truck driver needs a CDL. (Commercial Drivers License) There are state requirements for any personnel whose job requires on street, in traffic access. Those industrial sized wood chippers should never be operated by someone without training. As for the Most People, that is in reference to those physically able to do this kind of work. Those without a work or education requirement are for valid reasons unable to work and for compassionate reasons are exempted. By the way, your Caps Lock key is stuck.
Robert Young January 24, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Dear Mr. Marvi the Marvelous again my name is Robert Young. Or looking at your name English may be hard for you to understand. Don't tell me there are no welfare people that are not sitting home while me and millions of other (AMERICANS) are out working. I am to old and knowledgeable about what you are talking about and at 63 still would get out there and chain saw logs and branches for any Senior Citizen in Bridgewater. So, I am done with you as this is going nowhere fast.
Maurice Marvi January 24, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Dear Doctor Welby. At your age, you must remember Marcus Welby MD. But then again, at your age remembering may be difficult. Obviously, I am making fun of you. Since you have difficulty understanding that, I will use language that you can understand. The idea that there are hoards of able bodied peple sitting around collecting welfare checks is false.There may be some but they are in a tiny minority. Anyway, they are probably too lazy or criminal to do a bit of yard work regardless. The system will catch up to them. (There are rewards for reporting those who cheat the government, so if you know of any, you will be doing everyone a favor) Of course, many who are collecting welfare would jump at the chance to do something, anything to earn a living. Of course, who would pay if they injured themselves? Unfortunately the idea of a Civilian Conservation Corps will go nowhere in todays climate as many in Washinton today are looking to roll back the efforts of "That Man". Heck they even want to take him of the dime. It's geat that you want to volunteer your time and chainsaw. If you showed up at my parents home, I would ask you the following multi part question. Are you insured (Liability, Workers Comp, Automobile) and will you provide a Certificate of Insurance listing them as a named insured holding them harmless for your actions? I am willing to bet that the contractors hired had that and more. You should consider the same for your own protection.
Robert Young January 24, 2013 at 09:38 PM
When a tragdy happends some of us chip in and help without worrying about insurance etc: get of you hight horse and get out and do something for somebody as the karma will do you good. You brain is no seasoned enough for me to talk with, goodbye. Remember to pick up your check next month Oh i forgot they mail it to you.
Maurice Marvi January 25, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Doctor Welby, First you complain about (Nonexistent) welfare cheats. Then you intimate that I may be one. Then you make a ridiculous attempt of attempting to discern my mother tongue And then you finish up with some nonsense that makes me wonder about you sobriety, sanity or use of pharmaceuticals. Be very careful with that chainsaw. Your skill at less dangerous equipment is suspect, and we wouldn't want to have you become a ward of the state.


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