|Charles P. McKearnin, Director of Public Works / Municipal Engineer|
|Phone:||Recycling Info: 201-837-4841|
|General DPW Info: 201-837-4842|
|Hours:||8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday|
A DEPARTMENT FOR ALL SEASONS: Throughout the year, the Department of Public Works provides services for all residents. It is a program especially 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 the following five areas:
The Street and Sanitation Division: maintains (including snow plowing and snow removal) 124 miles of improved roads and about 2 miles of unimproved roads. It cleans and sweeps 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, etc.). 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 head walls. To report a sewer backup, call the DPW at 201-837-4842 weekdays from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. or call Police Headquarters at 201-837-2600 at other times including holidays and weekends.
The Garage Division: is in charge of preventive maintenance and repair of municipally-owned vehicles and other mechanical equipment used by the DPW, Police, Fire and Recreation Departments.
The Park and Tree Division: maintains the upkeep of 23 parks totaling 225 acres, as well as nearly 200 Township-owned lots, one in-ground swimming pool and two aboveground 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 are such an asset to the Township, a specific ordinance clearly defines 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 ordinance for the procedures which must be followed.
The Maintenance Division: is responsible for maintaining public facilities. These include the lighting in all municipal parking lots and athletic fields (basketball, tennis and baseball), all bus stop shelters, the fire alarm systems in all municipal buildings, the water lines at the Greenhouse and ballfields, as well as all park water fountains, 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 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 surplus goods for distribution to the needy by the Health Department and operates a daily mail shuttle among the municipal buildings.
Street Sweeping: streets are swept daily in the business district. Street sweeping is on a once-a-week schedule in the residential district, interrupted only by the mammoth task of leaf collection (roughly from October 1st through mid-December). During the leaf pickup period residential streets are swept on a schedule dictated by the accumulation of leaves.
The effectiveness of the street sweeping machines is hampered if they cannot get to curbside because vehicles are parked in the street on sweeping day. To do your part, make certain your vehicles are off the street on street sweeping day, which is determined by where you live as noted in the following schedule:
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 Genessee Avenue / Bogert Street / West Englewood Avenue.
Thursday: North of Genessee 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.
NOTE. If you live on the street which is a boundary line between districts, imagine that the line is down the center of the street to determine the district you live in.
Recycling: In 1987, the State of New Jersey made recycling mandatory in every municipality of the State. We are currently striving to recycle 60% of our waste. To comply with this requirement, Teaneck has an ambitious recycling program. During the month of December the Township prepares a calendar of scheduled curbside pickups of materials which can be recycled and mails it to all residents. It includes the rules and regulations for the various types of recyclables, plus any changes that have occurred since the last calendar was published. When you receive your calendar, place it on your refrigerator or whatever serves as a bulletin board to remind you when pickups are made. If you need a copy of the calendar, it is available at the Municipal Building.
There is a Recycling Depot is located at the DPW yard on River Road. It is open Thursday through Monday from 7:00 A.M. to 2:45 P.M. (closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and holidays). See your recycling calendar for exact dates. Residents are encouraged to bring recycling material to the depot including:
2. Mixed paper
4. Commingled recycling
5. Auto and household batteries
6. Garden debris
There are also depositories for used clothing set by various groups.
GARDEN DEBRIS: Garden debris consists of vegetative waste, grass clippings, leaves, branches, plant material, etc. Garden debris is collected curbside weekly, between the months of April and October. During the other months of the year, there is limited pick up. All of the scheduled days are listed in the recycling calendar or you can call the Recycling Hotline (210) 837-4841 for information regarding pick up. All items must be at the curb no later than 7 A.M. on the day of collection, and no earlier than 6 P.M. of the preceding evening.
Grass, leaves, small plant material must be in either non-disposable containers which will be emptied and left at the curb, or biodegradable paper bags, (NO PLASTIC BAGS PLEASE), since the company which recycles the material will not accept it in plastic bags. Each container may weigh no more than 50 pounds. Branches and shrubs must be cut into lengths not greater than 4 feet, and tied into bundles weighing less than 50 pounds each. You must have your landscaper and/or lawn service comply with these requirements. Material not properly contained or mixed with garbage or recycling materials will not be picked up. No logs will be picked up.
Garden debris can also be brought to the Depot and need not be containerized or tied, but must not be left in plastic bags at the Depot. See the depot workers for instruction on which container the recyclable material must be disposed in.
Leaves, which are treated as garden debris during most of the year, become a real problem during October through December. There are more than 100,000 trees on public and private property within the Township's borders.
Leaf removal in the autumn is a monumental project that strains the resources of the DPW. During the period of leaf drop from about October 1st to mid-December (see your recycling calendar) residents are permitted to rake leaves, loose grass, and small plants into the roadway at curbside.
The DPW collects leaves daily during this period, but the volume is so great and the weather so unpredictable, that the leaf pickup can not be scheduled. Please be patient if we do not get to your street as quickly as you would like. Be careful to only place leaves, grass cuttings, and small plant material in the leaf piles in the street. Do not place logs, branches, stones, or large plant material in the street during the leaf collection period. They are not suitable for composting and could damage the street cleaning equipment.
CAUTIONARY ADVISE: Children love to play in leaf piles, and wet leaves may cause a vehicle to skid. Vehicles with catalytic converters should not be parked over the piles under any circumstances. After the ignition is shut off, the converter is still hot enough to ignite leaves or grass. Even older model vehicles without converters have caught fire when parked over leaves.
Snow Plowing: The Township Council adopted an ordinance, in 1996, which makes it illegal to park on any street during snow plowing operations. Some parts of specific streets are exempt from this law because there is not enough off-street parking at some multi-family dwellings, and elsewhere. These areas are clearly marked with signs so confusion does not occur as to which streets can be used for parking during snow emergencies.
The following streets/areas are exempt from this restriction:
1 . All on-street designated handicapped parking spaces.
2. Alma Terrace, north side, from Chestnut Avenue to Elm Avenue.
3. Amsterdam Avenue, both sides, from Teaneck Road to a point 150 west.
4. Ayers Court, both sides.
5. Bergen Avenue, both sides, from Maple Street to 100 feet south of Blauvelt Street.
6. Beverly Road, both sides from Elm Avenue to River Road.
7. Elm Avenue, both sides, from Alma Terrace to North Street.
8. Hill Street, west side.
9. Hillside Avenue -in front of 107 Hillside Avenue.
10. Larch Avenue, east side, from Hillcrest Street to North Street.
11. Linden Avenue, west side, from Kipp Street to North Street.
12. Lozier Place, both sides.
13. Minell Place, north side, from Teaneck Road to Richard Court.
14. Parkview Drive, east side.
15. Pembroke Street, west side, from 186 feet south of Northumberland Road to its end.
16. State Street, both sides, from Teaneck Road to Terrace Circle.
17. Terhune Street, both sides, from Chestnut Street to Linden Avenue.
18. Vandelinda Avenue, both sides, from Palisade Avenue west to its end.
19. Vandelinda Avenue, north side, from Palisade Avenue to a point 322 feet east.
20. Washington Place, north side, from Teaneck Road to Crescent Avenue.
21. Woodbine Street, both sides, from Fort Lee Road to DeGraw Avenue.
NOTE: EXEMPTION FROM THE EMERGENCY NO PARKING ORDINANCE DOES NOT EXEMPT THE STREET FROM ANY OTHER EXISTING PARKING RESTRICTIONS!
This means that whenever enough snow has fallen to require plowing of the public streets in Teaneck, parking is not permitted on any public streets except in the posted areas. This parking prohibition remains in effect until the snow has stopped and the streets have been plowed enough that parking on them will not block either the normal flow of traffic or snow removal work. The term "snow" includes snow, sleet, hail and/or ice.
When a snow emergency is in effect, you must move your vehicles off of all Township streets unless they are in one of the posted areas. If you can not move your vehicle or comply with the the law, call the Police Department at (201) 837-2600 to tell them about your problem.
For additional off street parking, residents are encouraged to use any of the municipal parking lots. Beginning (6) hours before the snow fall is predicted to start, and until (24) hours after the snow fall has stopped, all hourly limits and meter fees in township lots are waived. The locations of the Municipal parking lots are as follows:
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, between American Legion Drive and Chestnut Avenue.
10. Northwest corner of Cedar Lane and Elm Avenue.
11. Southeast corner of Beverly Road and River Road.
12. South side of Beverly Road, opposite Williams Avenue.
13. East side of River Road and Phelps Park.
14. Southeast corner of DeGraw Avenue and Queen Anne Road.
15. South end of Votee Park and Colonial Court.
16. Municipal Building at the northwest comer of Cedar Lane and Teaneck Road.
17. East side of Glenwood Avenue south of Lindbergh Boulevard.
18. Municipal Greenhouse -foot of Lindbergh Boulevard east of Glenwood Avenue.
19. North of Cedar Lane at Garrison Avenue and Beverly Road.
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. Also, people who own corner properties (and at mid-block crosswalks) must shovel a pathway from their shoveled sidewalk to the plowed portion of the street so that pedestrians, especially school children, can cross safely.
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(DEP), residents with service complaints should 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. Firewood is stored at the Recycling Depot in the DPW yard on the west side of River Road, just north of West Englewood Ave. 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 banana peel) 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 property.
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 street 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 municipally owned land.
If you violate any of these litter control ordinances, you run the risk of receiving a summons. If convicted, you may be fined up to $500, jailed for up to 90 days or both.
So, don't foul Teaneck, dunk your junk.
2001 Department Reports: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS/ENGINEERING