Yard Waste Pick-Up Receives Emergency Funding

This is to continue clean-up after Sandy.

With clean-up continuing throughout the township following Hurricane Sandy, the council approved a resolution Thursday for an emergency appropriation of funds to continue the work.

These funds, according to township administrator James Naples, are for the costs of the debris removal program.

The resolution appropriates $640,000 in emergency funds, which will be repaid in the 2013 budget.

“And 75 percent of the $640,000 will be eligible for reimbursement through FEMA,” Naples said.

For this program, the township has established six temporary yard sites in addition to the facility already established. The sites will receive tree and brush material, but not leaves.

Residents who can transport materials themselves should use one of these locations to dispose of their materials, or they can utilize professional companies to bring the materials to those locations.

There will also be a township-wide pick-up, which will be paid for through these emergency appropriations.

There will be a schedule published for each section of town, and hired contractors will make one sweep of each road per section per schedule to remove yard waste. A second sweep will not be done.

A schedule for pick-up will start as soon as contractors are hired, and pick-ups are estimated to begin in about four weeks.

The drop-off and pick-up is for tree and brush material only, and it must be cut and stacked neatly at curbside on the property without obstructing the sidewalk or road.

The drop-off locations are Crim Park, Chimney Rock Park, Harry Ally Park, Ardmaer Park, Prince Rodgers Baseball Park, Thomae Park and the township yard waste facility.

The schedule will be posted on the township website when it is available.

stewart resmer November 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM
I am interested to know what becomes of the materials after it is collected? Will it be processed for recycling separated out as hazardous waste or benign organic? Will this cleanup provide any local jobs for Bridgewater first? Or will it be a generator of toxic soup waste to a landfill and provide no short term employment for locals already struggling in this 'down' economy? Is Bridgewater a place where downed trees are viewed as a valuable shared natural resource or simply viewed as a nusance? Seems to me there is a potential for environmental damage or an opportunity to yield a beneficial harvest.
Bwater Parent November 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Generally, all the yard waste is turned into mulch and can be used by the residents, and I presume it is used in parks and town owned properties. What I want to know is why they are waiting 4 weeks to start the pick-ups? That's an unacceptable amount of time, in my opinion.
Al Beronio November 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM
B 'water Parent, You should have received both an email and a letter in the mail from the Township....commercial contractors are in very short supply right now and prices are unreasonable. They will assess the situation in the next few days. I guess it's a reflection of our instant-messaging times....anything that doesn't happen immediately is "unacceptable".
Nicholas Clark November 12, 2012 at 01:00 PM
NOTE TO THE READERS: Mr. Resmer is NOT a Bridgewater resident -- he lives in WAYNE!!! joined Patch on 11/7 with an agenda. Click his link and see. All his comments are against the GOP. He's for BIG GOVERNMENT and INCREASED TAXES.
BWater Pop November 12, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Keep in mind that if it so unacceptable that you can always hire someone to take it away for you. This is actually a substantial benefit that the town is doing this. Not all towns are doing this for their residents. This is an unbudgeted expense and not a service that Bridgewater planned on. We are very fortunate.
stewart resmer November 12, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I guess you are not aware Patch network migrates across the internet and that issues and accompanying comments are visible outside of your insular little world? And that somje of us are 'vine' members and actually patronize Patch in the advertisements we pay for? You know? Like when Ronnie Ray Gunz said “I'm Paying For This Microphone!” Aside from that factoid? if 'we' are truly in this together you dont mind me looking over your shoulder to see how things are or are not being done do you? If not then I hav eto wonder what it is Bridgewater has to hide? I'll keep looking.
Gary November 12, 2012 at 03:01 PM
@Nicholas Clark, could he possibly be for effecient government and fair taxes? Could it be he's for functional government and burden sharing? Could it possibly be he's just trying to ensure the debris gets mulched and reused accordingly? Possibly?
Nicholas Clark November 12, 2012 at 06:07 PM
LOL @ Gary. As if you're not a biased, left-wing big Dem yourself.... Still holding a beef about your kid trying to vote illegally?
stewart resmer November 12, 2012 at 06:36 PM
wow nick talk about bias!
stewart resmer November 12, 2012 at 07:02 PM
so nicholas clark? which one are you? Nicholas Clark Voorhees NJ 40 Nicholas Clark Merchantville NJ 40 Nicholas Clark Cherry Hill NJ 40 Nicholas Clark Willingboro NJ 40 Nicholas Clark Raritan
Fred November 12, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Well said!
stewart resmer November 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM
here nick: Corruption Watch New Jersey now adds Matthew Moench an attorney retained by Drinker Biddle and Reath LLC, to its watch list after published reports that he has possibly targeted at least one New Jersey 18 year old's voter status using inaccurate Motor Vehicle Department information to further the Republican/Tea Party 'voter suppression effort 2012'. If you think that you are a target of, or know that you are a target of a Somerset County Republican or Tea Party voter suppression attempt by Matthew Moench's voter suppresion crusade please respond in confidence to this post, you may be eligible to be named as a class plaintiff in a civil rights suit against Matthew Moench does 1-99, upon discovery. http://newjersey.craigslist.org/pol/3392570936.html
BucaBuddy99 November 13, 2012 at 01:58 AM
How about the township use a log splitter to cut the good wood logs and provide free firewood for Boy's and Girl's Scouts and other similar outdoor groups in the B-R area? This way we can take a tragic event and make some good come of it. Or we could just continue to read the battle between Stewart Resmer and Nick Clark. LOL!
ASW November 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Al, I have not received any emails from the town about Sandy. Did you have to sign up for them? I'm on the rec departments email list which could have been used to inform residents, but it has not to my knowledge. I have had to use the Patch to learn anything that the town is doing.
stewart resmer November 13, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Buca as you read here all I asked about is what you suggested, an innovative way to deal with the problem? I do think this is an opportunity to see some good come from the aftermath of a hurricane. the question will be whether or not the township can come up with a really good way of doing it. In the meantime as I have discovered by reviewing past council votes on public safety items its the usual offenders who consistently voted NO in Bridgewater when it came to providing for the public safety. I suppose they (council) can be depended upon now to bemoan the townships response the emergency as the council persons give themselves political cover for the NO votes they cast on shared emergency resources, the cutting of 15 police officer positions, the unfilled 3 positions as well as disincentivizing first responders taking classes and attending meetings, even a NO vote on a community center that might have provided shelter for those most affected by the storm.
Nicholas Clark November 13, 2012 at 08:34 PM
No battle here Buca, I don't really care much about Mr. Resmer's babble at all. I just don't appreciate a Wayne resident demanding for increased government spending in Bridgewater causing my real estate taxes to go up. I think our government in Bridgewater has done a fantastic job at prioritizing what's important for Bridgewater residents... proof is in the puddin, we have one of the lowest tax rates in the County. Mr. Resmer should focus his attention in his town of Wayne, maybe there he can push for whatever programs he wants and pay higher taxes there. Or, better yet, Mr. Resmer can fund some of these programs he would like in Bridgewater. Our "public safety" is just fine over here, we have a very safe town. Mr. Resmer should focus his superhero crime fighting superpowers in Wayne.
BucaBuddy99 November 13, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Glad to see we can all get along. I do have to ask Stewart, how you go from thinking about a positive outcome following a tragic event to your rant on the reduction in police officers and other council votes. What would 15 more police officers have done to remove trees or bring our power back faster? How would they have helped in repairing downed power lines or giving back to those who were severely impacted? I DO live in Bridgewater and was very pleased with the response and involvement of our First Responders. I have a friend who had their power come on only to have a transformer blow out and catch fire. The Green Knoll Fire Department was on the scene in minutes and there was no damage. What more would they need in your opinion? As far as a community center, would they have had power when our own Municipal Building didn't? What good would the shelter have offered if it was without power as the rest of the town and area? I agree with Nicholas in that it seems you are using our town forum for your divisive interests and, honestly, it's not necessary. However, as a believer in the freedoms our forefathers have sacrificed to provide us, you are entitled to your opinion.
BucaBuddy99 November 13, 2012 at 08:57 PM
ASW - I did receive an email - when I had cell service return - from Mayor Hayes. More importantly, I received regular communication from PSE&G who are the ones I care about. In addition, I received emails from the B-R Superintendent (kudos as they did a great job communicating) so we felt informed when we had the means to be so.
stewart resmer November 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM
thats right buca you have your views I have mine. you feel the PD not being up to full T.O. is good? I disagree. you think no community center is a good thing during time of emergency, I dont. (maybe now a stand alone gen set might be included in any community center because from what I am reading council persons, police chiefs. and school board members all over the place have fallen into disgrace for having used publicly owned genies for their personal use). Patch is unique, we are all patched together in this new age, your town has its issues, wayne has theirs, what you both have is a republican majority whose values have been rejected on a stunning magnitude. Your council put your community at risk. And then called for help.
Forker November 14, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Stew I thought I read about you before. Those thugs that broke into your place were they Obama or Romney voters? Maybe you can fill everyone in on your incident and harassment of the Waybe PD!
stewart resmer November 14, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Forker? keep your day job. yer politcal humor falls flat. my view on the wayne PD? Put police services up for a competitive bid to Passaic County Sheriffs dept who have greater resourcess and capabilities than a small town department, the Passaic Sheriff's HQ is already here, there is a motor pool yard elsewhere in the township, and Sheriff's patrol units come and go here already. Even Gov Christie in his town halls speaks of consolidation in his hometown. Maybe you should give him a listen and ask him if that is harassment or an alternative? Better yet call his office and ask that they bring a townhall meet to your non existent community center? lol
Forker November 14, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I like my local PD. So who were the robbers? Obama fans who couldn't wait for their next check? Did they catch them and give them free healthcare and cable along with their ballots? LOL
stewart resmer November 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM
forker when you come to a place where you are ready to come out from behind your anon persona and be accounatble for your assinine remarks we can have an exchange of views. (I do notice nick still doesnt identify which town he lives in either)
stewart resmer November 14, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Christie: Property taxes could rise to cover Sandy cleanup NJ.com Governor Christie said Tuesday that towns would be able to exceed the state’s 2 percent annual property tax cap to pay for the cost of cleaning up after superstorm Sandy — meaning some residents in storm-ravaged municipalities could face higher taxes. Hmm, fiscal reality? What a concept! Christie, a tax and spend liberal after all? Or pragmatist? What does the Bridgewater Paryy of NO super majority do now that they have gone about already cutting the budget when the Gov hands them their share of the states tax bill? 'Get money' from big gvt aka FEMA?
stewart resmer November 15, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Obama Proclaims Today ‘America Recycles Day’ Tom Kludt - Invoking presidential proclamation, President Barack Obama today declared November 15, 2012 as "America Recycles Day," calling upon the country to "observe this day with appropriate programs and activities." More from the proclamation: As many of us prepare to gather with families and friends this Thanksgiving, America Recycles Day offers a chance to highlight another resource that is too often taken for granted: food. Though many Americans lack access to regular, nutritious meals, much of our country's food goes to waste. To put surplus food to better use, the Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with businesses and organizations in the Food Recovery Challenge, which is helping participants support their communities through food donation and protect their bottom line by reducing waste. By consuming carefully and donating what we can, each of us can join in that important work. Food banks and pantries accept wholesome food that meets quality and safety standards, as do many national and local food recovery programs. Through giving to those in need, all Americans can lift up their communities while helping protect the environment we share.
Mike November 15, 2012 at 08:13 PM
How 'bout everyone clean up any mess touching their property? Who needs the economies of scale of having the town collect all the debris? This will hurt small business. Nick is right: no gum'mint, no taxes. Bootstraps, you know.
Nicholas Clark November 15, 2012 at 09:08 PM
omg... where do you get your news Mr. Resmer, from the National Enquirer and Star magazine? Your stuff is made up of more gossip talk than actual facts.


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