Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Garbage trucks

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].


Dear Mayor,

Thanks for making yourself available to the public. Every Tuesday as I observe the tremendous traffic jams the garbage trucks cause I wonder why they can’t do the pickups in the early am so as not to interfere with the busses. Wouldn’t it make more sense especially considering that the regular morning traffic in this town is already a nightmare?

Thanks so much for your dedication to our town!

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning,

Public works tried very hard to minimize this type of problem. It is not always possible to avoid these situations but they try to schedule the trucks away from certain areas when there is heavy volume of traffic.


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  1. Keep in mind that some of the Mesivta routes start around 6:30… Do you want to have garbage trucks in front of your home 5:30 AM?? It’s just part of life.

  2. Hey Jim move back to BP. Are you going to pay for OT for the workers? Cause a lot of times i see a lot of comments here complaining about your so called taxes but you want DPW to work on weekends. The same way you have your time to be with your family,don’t you think that they want to spend time with their family too?

  3. If it takes a fraction of the time it would be worth paying for the weekend work! Do the math…. (and include the cost of increased traffic during the week)

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