VIDEO: Message from Lakewood DPW Director Phil Roux

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  1. It would be really great if they would take all the piles of leaves waiting in the street, before the snow comes. It was supposed to happen last two weeks in December. They have one more day!

  2. I thought Mordechai holder is the director of public works. Why are they so concerned about the winter when they didn’t do anything about the fall – leaves.

    • Reb Mordy is in charge of code enforcement with the Public Works, in which he does an excellent job. He often also helps with getting out messages to the community, informing us about trash pickup days, what you can put in trash and what you can’t, and especially Yomtov and Pesach related timely issues.

  3. Director Phil- I know I speak for many in Lakewood when I thank you in advance for being there for all of us…. As you said, without a doubt we will be getting snow at some point this winter, and while many of us will stay hunkered down, you’ll be out there with your team and the many contractors along with the LPD and law enforcement…and various organizations working around the clock in getting Lakewood up and running… We know it’ll take a lot on your part and for that we are all deeply grateful to you and your team..

  4. We can not park all of our cars in the driveways because the Lakewood Planing board allows homes to be built so large that not enough space for a sufficient driveway to accommodate all the vehicles.

  5. The leaves situation did not seem to go as planned this year. Up until a few years ago, the township leaf pickup was divided into only 2 zones. Zone 1 was the first 2 weeks of Nov and Dec, and the Zone 2 was weeks 3 and 4 of Nov and Dec. The township changed it a couple of years ago to 4 zones, using the same zone your in for regular weekly trash garbage pickup. This is actually a much more efficient way to go, as it means that the pile of leaves will only sit around on the street for the most one week(assuming one doesn’t out it out too much in advance) . Usually the Public Works sends out notices before November letting people know when to put out their leaves. Like they did in 2019 and 2020 right here on TLS (go search if you want). Unfortunately this year there was no prior announcement. Since most people can’t remember things from year to year these days, most people did not put out their leaves at the right time for their zone. Now to the bigger issue. Those red box trucks with the vacuum are cute, but they take such a long time to collect the leaves,and have a difficult time if the leaves are wet. I understand that they are necessary because in many spots there are parked cars on both sides of the leaves, but it’s not a solution. In my own neighborhood, the red truck does 6 or 7 piles, and then has to come back the next night to do the rest. Sometimes it can take days until they “remember” to return to your neighborhood that they already started. the good old fashioned tractor and garbage truck should be used in all neighborhoods that are not overly populated with cars. It happens to be that the most neighborhoods in Lakewood with trees and many leaves are not the ones with the cars on every inch of the block (with the exception of Forest Avenue). The tractor and garbage truck can clear 5 piles in the time the red truck can only clear one. Plus the garbage truck can squash them much better. So please, let’s get back to using the tractor and garbage truck on a daily basis. In any case, maybe the township should invest in purchasing some more red trucks to be used in neighborhoods where the are too many parked cars. But we can’t put all the onus on the PW. Residents should be cognizant as t0 when their neighborhood has pickup, and put leaves out over the weekend prior. If you put it out too early, your just blocking the street and it will all blow away back to where it came from. Also, if you snoozed and did not put it out in time, please don’t just put it out after they have already cleared your zone. Indeed, sometimes they still come around the next week to last week’s zone, but please confirm first that they will still be coming before putting them out. If they ( leaf blowing landscaping people) come knocking on your door offering to do your leaves for you, tell them to come back when its a few days before your zones’ turn. And finally, it seems that so many people just can’t remember DPW’s rule #1, don’t mix your branches/brush with the leaves. That is a good way to ensure that they will skip you when they come around. Sorry for this long lecture, but I had to speak out after this year’s mess. ( of course i’m not judging anyone, all I know the DPW is suffering from staff shortages just like the rest of the economy)

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