Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Something Odd

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].


Hi Mr Mayor,

May 12, 2022

Thank you for taking the time and answering many questions that the people have.

In Raintree for many years already there is a garbage truck that just hangs out on different corners off of and on County Line Road East and it’s really weird.

I didn’t want to call the police and accuse someone of wrongdoing but no one is collecting garbage at 4:30am this morning or 7:30pm this evening and not even on Thursdays as you know, you live here.

Is there someone tracking the trucks and paying their times, and can you find out why this truck or trucks drive around at these interesting times.

Thank you,

Concerned Raintree Residents


Response from Mayor Coles:

Thanks for your letter

Our third shift at Public Works has many various duties across the whole town overnight. In addition to picking up the large front end loader dumpsters, they canvass the town looking for
bulk items that have been left out, fill potholes, inspect & clean drainage basins and do some special recycling requests.

All of our trucks have GPS units in them which are monitored regularly. After I read your email , I asked that the logs in Raintree be checked going back several weeks. They show stops that range from 2 minutes to 15 minutes. I’m looking into some of the longer stops to see what required that amount of time.

Thanks for writing



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  1. To TLS:
    I don’t think that it is fair to publicize where an individual (Mayor) lives.
    You guys are doing an amazing job, but we are all human and a mistake can happen.

  2. Thanks,
    my neighbor actually called the township last week, around May 10, about a grass cutter tractor and pick up truck (number 29 was written on it) with trailer that had small grass cutter, sitting on Melville ave with two workers from 1030 am till 2:20 pm with only one strip of grass being cut!! why are people that are fortunate to work for such a great town taking advantage and just sitting till they’re spotted and then they start up their engines and drive off to the next spot to sit and do nothing?

  3. @Avraham

    Where someone lives is public info. If someone wants to get that info, it’s extremely easy to look up. It’s often times well known where politicians live. Occasionally it’s used against them, but generally not.

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