Thursday, November 29, 2012
Chatham Borough considers second brush pick-up.
The Chatham Borough Council agreed to consider a second brush pick-up through borough streets, but only after leaf pick-up finished and if the Department of Public Works was not overwhelmed with snow removal. Chatham Borough Administrator Robert Falzarano said the DPW had already completed one round of brush pick-up after Tropical Storm Sandy hit the area. Now, he said, the DPW is focused on leaf pick-up. "We went through and picked up the brush," Falzarano said, "and we left notice that we'd been through and we wouldn't be back." After residents saw the notices, Falzarano said he received many phone calls and visits from borough residents, some quite "nasty," who said the residents were unaware of brush pick-up in their neighborhood. DPW …
Friday, December 2, 2011
Committee says they'll ask the county to collect on Green Village Road. No second pick-up scheduled.
Chatham Township Mayor Nicole Hagner said Thursday the Department of Public Works should finish brush collection from the late October snow storm in the most of the township by Friday afternoon. "Certainly I think eveyone can appreciate this is something we don't do on a regular basis," Hagner said. "It was an unusual and very devastating storm to the town." Some streets in town still had downed wires until recently, and the DPW could not get in to collect brush right away. However, Hagner said all streets, including "some isolated areas where we couldn't initially pick up," should be cleared within a few days. "It's possible that they may not complete everything by [Friday], but certainly by the first half of the week next week," said Tom…
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Department of Public Works collects branches and brush in teams of three.
The Chatham Borough Department of Public Works has picked up brush and branches from the late October snowstorm through more than half the town, as of Wednesday. Brush pick-up uses teams of three DPW employees each and can use either a wood chipper or small tractor with jaws. All the brush collected is taken to the mulch area behind Milton Avenue School. To get an idea of the work entailed in brush clean-up, see the video above.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
A second brush pick-up, along with leaf pick-up and preparing for winter, is impossible to do within the DPW budget, officials said.
The Chatham Borough Council decided not to permit a second brush pick-up through town in order to catch up on leaf pick-up and keep the budget under control. Bob Venezia, the head of the borough's Department of Public Works (DPW), said overtime and outside contractors were authorized after the early winter storm to help pick up branches and trees which came down. As of Monday evening, he said the DPW had picked up brush from over half of the borough. "I feel confident that we can be done by the end of this week," Venezia said, but he added calls have already come in asking after leaf pick-up and a second brush pick-up. The department's efforts have focused on brush pick-up since the storm. Of the department's 16 employees, 14 have been …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The borough scheduled a bulk pick-up for trash after Hurricane Irene.
Chatham Borough scheduled a curbside brush pick-up for branches and other yard debris left behind by Hurricane Irene to begin Sept. 6. A release dated Tuesday said, "with the anticipation of a heavy volume of brush the [Department of] Public Works plans this collection between 6 and 10 working days." Residents should cut any large limbs to under 4 feet in diameter and leave the limbs on the curb without wrapping them in plastic. The borough also authorized its mulch site on Duchamp Place to remain open this week and next week from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Chatham Township Mayor Nicole Hagner said the township will not hold a curbside mulch pickup, but the town's Tanglewood Lane mulch facility will be open all week from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for …