DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS/ENGINEERING
Howarth Gilmore, Director of Public Works/Municipal Engineer
Phone:Recycling Info - 837-4841 General DPW Info - 837-4842
Engineering - 837-4837
Hours:9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
(8:30 AM to 4:30 PM July and August)
A DEPARTMENT FOR ALL SEASONS
Throughout the year, the Department of Public Works provides services for all residents. It's an ongoing program designed to maintain the condition of municipal facilities and to retain the community's cleanliness, safety and good appearance. The DPW's municipal services are in five principal areas:
The Street and Sanitation Division maintains (including snow plowing and snow removal) and repairs 124 miles of improved roads and about 2 miles of unimproved roads. It cleans and sweeps some 124 miles of improved roads and is responsible for the collection of leaves, garden debris and recyclables from the curbside of residents and trash from public buildings. It is responsible for installation of traffic signs (street names, STOP and 'No Parking' signs). The Division is also responsible for road markings, including crosswalks and parking stalls.
The Sewer Division handles the routine maintenance and repair of nearly 170 miles of sanitary and storm sewers and more than 5,700 manholes, catch basins, culverts, and headwalls. To report a sewer backup, call the DPW at (837-4842) weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Any other time, including holidays and weekends, call police headquarters (837-2600) to report a sewer problem.
The Garage Division is in charge of preventive maintenance and repair of municipally-owned vehicles and other mechanical equipment used by the DPW, police and fire departments.
The Park and Tree Division maintains the upkeep of 23 parks totaling 225 acres, as well as nearly 200 Township-owed lots, one in-ground swimming pool, and two above-ground swimming pools. It is responsible for the planting, removal and care of more than 20,000 trees along public streets, as well as trees, shrubs and flowers in municipal parks and on public grounds.
In order to protect our abundant natural resource of trees, which benefit our streets and are such an asset to the Township, a new ordinance has been adopted, more clearly defining the permits that may be issued and responsibilities of the Township officials with regard to shade tree removal, trimming and care. If you contemplate any tree work or removal on a Township owned tree in front of your house, please consult the new ordinance for the procedures that must be followed.
The Maintenance Division: as its name suggests, is responsible for maintaining public facilities. These include the lighting in all municipal parking lots and all athletic fields (basketball, tennis and baseball); all bus stop shelters; the fire alarm systems in all municipal buildings; the water lines at the municipal greenhouse and ballfields, as well as all water fountains in parks; all fire extinguishers; the fencing for Little League diamonds, playground games; parking lot meters; all park benches; the heating, air-conditioning and plumbing systems, and meters in all municipal buildings. The division is also responsible for road markings, including crosswalks and parking stalls, shoveling snow from the walks of all public buildings; setting up the bandshell for the Recreation Department sponsored summer concert series and setting up the Council Chambers for council meetings, various boards and Municipal court sessions. The division installs and removes holiday decorations and lights in the business districts for the Chamber of Commerce, picks up US surplus goods for distribution to the needy by the Health Department and operates a daily mail shuttle service among the municipal buildings.
Street Sweeping: In the business districts, streets are swept daily. Street sweeping is a once-a-week schedule in the residential districts, interrupted only by the mammoth task of leaf collection (roughly from October I to mid-December). During the leaf pickup period, residential streets are swept on a schedule that is dictated by the accumulation of leaves.
The effectiveness of the program depends entirely upon the cooperation of the residents; the sweeping machines cannot get to curbside if cars are parked in the street on sweeping day. To do your part, make certain your cars are off the street on street sweeping day, which is determined by where you live (see map following).
STREET SWEEPING DAYS.
Monday: South of Route 4 and west of the railroad, south of Cedar Lane and west of Queen Anne Road.
Tuesday: East of Queen Anne Road and south of Cedar Lane.
Wednesday: East of the railroad, north of Cedar Lane to Genesee Avenue/Bogert Street[West Englewood Avenue.
Thursday: North of Genesee Avenue/Bogert Street/ West Englewood Avenue to the Bergenfield line, and east of Sussex Road to the Englewood line.
Friday: North of Route 4 and west of the railroad, south of West Englewood Avenue and west of Sussex Road to the Bergenfield and New Milford Boundaries and to the Hackensack River
Municipal Parking lots
1. East side of Teaneck Road off Beveridge Street
2.West side of Teaneck road at Orchard Street
3.West side of Teaneck Road between Church and Bogert Streets
4,North side of State Street opposite Lozier Place
5.North side of State Street west of Terrace Circle
6.Behind stores on west side of Queen Anne Road north of West Englewood Avenue
7.West of Queen Anne Road north of Court Street
8.North end of Votee Park, south of Court Street
9.North of Cedar lane at Garrison Avenue and Beverly Road
10.South of Cedar lane between American Legion Drive and Chestnut Street
11.Northwest corner of Cedar Lane and Elm Avenue
12.Southeast comer of Beverly Road and River Road
13.South side of Beverly Road opposite Williams Avenue
14.East side of River Road in Phelps Park
15. Southeast comer of DeGraw Avenue and Queen Anne Road
16.Municipal Building at the northwest comer of Cedar Lane and Teaneck Road
17.South end of Votee Park at Colonial Court
18.East side of Glenwood Avenue south of Lindbergh Boulevard
19.Municipal compost Site: Foot of Lindbergh Boulevard ease of Glenwood Avenue
20.Department of Public works complex, Recycling Depot: 1600 River Road north of West Englewood Avenue
Snow Plowing: Whenever a snowfall accumulates, the DPW works around the clock until the snow has stopped and all streets are clear. How good a job is done and how fast - depends to a large extent on you.
As soon as snow begins to fall, move your car off the street. This is essential so that emergency vehicles - police cars, fire trucks and ambulances - can pass. It also makes it possible for the snow plows to do a more effective job of removing the accumulated snow.
If you live in an apartment and/or if there is no off-street parking available, use the nearest municipal parking lot.
All parking restrictions are lifted in these lots whenever there is an accumulated snowfall and until the streets are clear. The locations of the 18 municipal parking lots are shown on the map on the following page.
During the winter months, snow and ice must be removed from public sidewalks after the cessation of a storm. Commercial property owners or tenants have 12 hours; residential owners have 24 hours.
This year a new Township ordinance was adopted requiring people who own comer properties (and at midblock crosswalks) to shovel a pathway from their shoveled sidewalk to the plowed portion of the street so that pedestrians, especially school children, can cross safely. For additional snow information, see page 38.
A new ordinance also prohibits parking in certain designated areas when the road is snow covered. This will allow the Township forces to more efficiently clean snow from these areas. it is felt that the initial inconvenience will be more than offset by the final results.
Household Refuse: The Township does not collect household refuse. It has no control over private. independent contractors who make the pickups along routes within the Township. Although the rates the collectors can charge were deregulated by the Department of Environmental Protection and Energy (DEPE) on April 14, 1996, residents with service complaints can call Solid Waste Regulation at (609) 984-2080.
Composting/Firewood:The DPW stores wood chips at the Greenhouse located at the foot of Lindbergh Boulevard, east of Glenwood Avenue (No. 19 on the map). Firewood is stored at the recvcling depot in the DPW yard on the west side of River Road, just north of West Englewood Avenue (No. 20 on the map). Whenever available, firewood and wood chips are free for the taking. In all cases, the rule is first come, first served.
Litter:The problem of litter is probably as old as civilization. Society rejects litter for a number of reasons. It is unsanitary - litter frequently contains decaying food. It is unsafe - litter can be an obstacle to pedestrians (i.e., a greasy pizza wrapper) or vehicles (a broken beer bottle in the roadway ). It reduces the value of your property; a littered community is unappealing to prospective buyers or lessors of propertv.
Various Township ordinances define and control litter. Examples are:
¨It is against the law to deposit household or .commercial refuse in the DPW' s litter containers on the streets and in the parks.
¨It is illegal to drop or throw any type of refuse from a vehicle. ¨If you walk your dog on a public street, you are required to have on your person "a proper scoop or container or similar efficient sanitary means to immediately remove feces deposited by the dog."
¨It is against the law to dump refuse of any type on any public property, including parks, parking lots and vacant municipallv owned land.
¨If you violate any of these litter control ordinances, you run the risk- of receiving a sui-timons. If convicted, you mav be fined up to $500, jailed for up to 90 days or both. So. don't foul Teaneck; dunk your junk!