Has The DPW Misplaced A Plow Truck?

plow_stuck_carasaljoPHOTO: TLS has received multiple emails wondering what the Township’s plow truck is doing in one place on Carasaljo Drive and S. Lake for the past few days, seemingly lost. The answer to that is, says Mayor Langert, is that’s one of the trucks which broke down at the beginning of the storm and “requires heavy duty equipment” to have it brought in for repair.

“I asked the DPW to continue making use of their remaining trucks and not waste time trying to move it, as it wouldn’t be fixed right away anyhow”. Langert said. TLS-29

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  1. Just seeing and listening to this Mayor we have amazes me. The ideas he come up with are simply astounding. Why bother to have a tow truck come and tow a broken down truck into the shop for repairs, where the township mechanic is waiting to repair it. The mechanic canot bring his equipment out to fix it, so just leave it in the street, to block other vehicle, plows, buses, utility trucks, fire trucks, etc. Its understanding to want to plow snow from our streets, but that is getting done anyway. maybe if truck was a priority to get repaired it could be back in service. But the mayor seems to have all the right answers, all the time. i wonder if all these other towns had their mayors running public works during snow removal operations. i bet if the guys at public works were left alone, not called a zillion times a day, more things would have gotten done. Someone should conduct an honest survey about this. In the past, snow cleanups have never caused so much fuss. But in a over populated town the size of lakewood, with Fifty or more streets added a year, barely wide enough for two cars to pass, let a lone park, or move a truck by, no wonder things come to a grinding halt. My suggestion is that the township buy the mayor a ticket to Florida, and send him there to hang with the governor during the next blizzard, and let public works handle the snow removal themselves. i would also request that a plow be at the disposal of any one of our first aid squads 24hrs a day, for life saving reasons. mr mayor thank g dness your term as mayor is over now.

  2. As a Lakewood resident that lives near the broken truck on Gobar Way , not Carasaljo Court as it is erroneosly referred to here, I am sick and tired of everybody bashing Steven Langert. Lakewood is a town with many narrow streets and an abundance of cars, plowing is in fact difficult. But we did get plowed out! Do you have any idea how many surrounding towns did not even begin to get plowed out? This was a holiday weekend and yet most of this town did get plowed and cleaned. Stop the whining and maybe even think of showing some gratitude to the Mayor for being out there working through the night to make sure that our town could get back on its feet despite the snow.

  3. I live near this spot, its sakanas nifoshos!! There is no way to see if another car is coming around it. The Mayor said he didnt want them to “waste time moving it”?? I wonder if they will “waste time moving a the people from the car, that G-d 4bid might smash into it!!

  4. just want to know if there was anyone that made it into office in this township that was liked? It’s just a fact that whoever tries to help out the people of Lakewood is going to always be criticized. Why don’t you pick yourselves up and be on any township committee. Let see how perfect you’ll be then. After a long day at work or sitting in Yeshiva, how much of your time are you willing to give up to go to meeting after meeting. How much time have these guys taken away from their families to try and help the Klal . Instead of sitting around and only looking for the bad in everything, find something to be thankful for. Remember, the world was not just created for you. If you just get rid of the attitude that “everything’s coming to me” you’ll be a much happier and better person.

  5. We are lucky it didn’t broke down in middle of a busy intersection. Because who knows when the township will have some time to call a heavy duty tow truck…

  6. you sir are a ” fill in blank”
    The truck is in need of a major overhaul of one of it’s components. It is costly and time consuming. The part needs to be shipped in. This is not something that the mechanic can “turn a round” in a couple of days or hours.
    Stick to blogging though, you’re very good at blowing hot air.

  7. To #15 that truck is a mack model R every part for it is in stock In the state. And can be delivered to the dpw next day I know as I own a mack and have needed parts and mack of Trenton stocks every possible part for the trucks including engines, transmissions, drive shafts and rear ends. There is no reason for the twp to call a wrecker to tow it as they own a. Low boy that the mack can easily be loaded on to with a front end loader pushing and towed back to the 18mil complex where the overpaid mechanics can try to fix it.

  8. so now I know why that plow was stuck on Forest avr for 24 hours being in the way of traffic, & forcing everyone icluding plows to go around it. Thankfully it was eventually moved.

  9. Did the truck get a ticket for blocking the road like anyone else would have in the same position. If my truck broke down in an intersection, it would be ticketed and towed pretty fast.

  10. I don’t get it! Aren’t these trucks built to handle such weather?! Why did so many of them break down?! Maybe it’s time for the township to get a new fleet of trucks!!!

  11. i live on the block that connects with this block (which btw it’s gobar way, not carasaljo-the name was changed) it is really difficult to see if any other cars are coming, please do something about this ., thanks

  12. i was actually walking on Clifton Avenue a little after 8:00am on Saturday morning and i did see them hard at work getting the down town clean. we had a lot of snow and its hard and takes time.
    its not like it only snowed on some streets like in Egypt during the plagues. there really is not much to do with so much snow. it is also not possible to please everyone. i think we all agree that it is important to focus somewhat more on the down town than other parts of Lakewood
    my block was actually plowed right away so i can only say thank you to the DPW and whoever keeps them going

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