Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: DPW Questions

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


Good afternoon.

This morning while driving down the 88 I witnessed a garbage truck doing pick up. The cars behind it were not able to go around as there is no shoulder and they can’t go into the other lane since vehicles were traveling. This caused a major backup, on top of the normal traffic every morning. I think this came up in the past -can the garbage wait to do pickup on the busy roads until at least 10 am or do before 8:30 am? Between the hours of 8:30 and 10 am we can’t afford this. This is so simple. Please work on this.

Response from Mayor Coles:

We do our best to keep the trucks off the roads when the buses are out. Sometimes because of holidays when we lose a day we need to have them out when we would rather not, in order to get all the garbage picked up.



Dear Mayor,

I would like to thank you for your continued efforts towards our community, and for taking the time to correspond with us through this platform.

It is wonderful news to hear that the DPW’s hours will be extended for the coming summer season.

However, this news did bring up a question that I have had for some time. I was wondering why the DPW was not open 24/7 and if it would be possible to have some large signage indicating where items should be placed, rather than having staff direct visitors. I understand that this could potentially save costs and increase convenience for individuals looking to dispose of certain items.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter and whether or not it would be feasible to implement such a system.

Thank you again for all the work you do for our community.


Response from Mayor Coles:

It is a good idea. The main reason we have folks check in with the attendant is to make sure that the folks using the Hill are in fact Lakewood residents and to check on what they are disposing of. Most of us would not think of dropping off prohibited items, but you never know!



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