Thursday, May 9, 2013
Wharton-based sewer cleaning company reimbursed township $420 for overbilling.
A Wharton sewer cleaning company reimbursed the township of Maplewood and the township department of public works a total of $420 to settle allegations it engaged in overbilling the township and more than 100 New Jersey municipalities, according to a published report Thursday. Jet-Vac of Wharton, a company that contracts with the state for the sale and servicing of various equipment charged the municipalities a total of $158,266 in higher rates than those allowed under terms of the contract – a violation of the agreement, NJ.com reported. From February 2003 until the middle of 2007, the report said, the township was charged a higher rate by Jet-Vac, necessitating a $300 reimbursement, while the township DPW was overbilled $120 during the …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Ready your rakes and blowers -- leaf pick up is nearly here.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Maplewood Department of Public Works will begin leaf pick throughout the township starting the week of October 22. The schedule is below; to locate your section of town, check the Map on the DPW website. During the week of October 15, leaf piles will be collected in all sections of town until regular pick ups begin on the 22nd. What you need to know: Here is the complete schedule: 2012 LEAF COLLECTION SCHEDULE Week of 10/22/12 Section: 9, 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, 4 Week of 10/29/12 Section: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Week of 11/05/12 Section: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6 Week of 11/12/12 Section: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12 Week of 11/19/12 Section: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Week of 11/26/12 Section: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Week of 12/03/12 Section: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
After a pool accident leaves a young man paralyzed, organizations lead fundraising drives.
Eric Burbank, director of Maplewood's Department of Public Works, is responsible for everything related to the town's infrastructure, including maintaining roads, sidewalks, parks and trees and overseeing garbage collection, snow removal and recycling. When Burbank was appointed director in 2009 after working his way through the ranks, then-Deputy Mayor Fred Profeta called him "the best public servant I've ever run into." Earlier this summer, Burbank's 18-year-old son Ryan broke his C5 vertebrae in a pool accident, paralyzing him from the chest down. Now, two local non-profit organizations, the South Orange Elks and HK Community Fund, are coordinating fundraising efforts to assist the Burbank family. To prepare for Ryan's transition …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Starting in September, Maplewood will get stricter about enforcement.
Maplewood is about to crack down on recycling. Beginning Sept. 1, if trash haulers find recyclables mixed in with regular garbage, they will tag the bags with a sticker and refuse to collect them, said Public Works Director Erik Burbank. “If they hear certain sounds when they pick up a bag, or a bag seems especially heavy, they can cut it open,” said Burbank. The town’s new recycling consultant, Birdsall Service Group, will spot check residential garbage pick-ups to ensure that haulers are complying with the new regulation. Birdsall will meet with representatives from Waste Management and Waste Industries to brief them on the regulations. The waste companies face fines for non-compliance. “We do a pretty good job with recycling, but …