DepartmentsDepartment of Public Works (DPW)

Department of Public Works

 

Department of Public Works

 

Title

Name

Email

Phone

Superintendent of Public Works

Paul A. Juliano, CPWM

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(201) 943-0857

Deputy Department Head/Borough Engineer

Berge Tombalakian, P.E., P.P.,CPWM

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(201) 943-0857

Public Works Clerk

Dana Soto

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(201) 943-0857

Code Enforcement Officer

Mark Citakian

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(201) 943-0857

 Click here to view the Road Opening Permit Policy

Click here to view the Road Opening Permit Application

Click here to view the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan

Click here to view the Stormwater Management Plan

Click here to view the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Team Members

 

The Department of Public Works (DPW) provides vital services to Borough residents on a daily basis including but not limited to roads, sewers, parks & playgrounds, engineering, buildings & grounds, recycling and sanitation.  The Department currently has a staff of 15.  The hours of the DPW are from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The responsibilities of the DPW consist of the following:

Division of RoadsThe DPW is responsible for the maintenance of Borough streets, salting of roads, snow plowing, pothole repairs as well as leaf collection at curbside from October 15th through December 15th of each year. This division also provides a 6 day a week street sweeper program that sweeps each Borough street at least twice a week.

The Borough currently maintains over 12 miles of municipal roadways.  Anderson Avenue, Fairview Avenue, Bergenwood Road are county roads owned by the County of Bergen.  Bergen Boulevard (Route 63) and Broad Avenue (Routes US 1&9) are state highways and are owned by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). 

The Department also issues road opening permits for any utility connections or new construction that affects a municipal road.  A permit application can be found here.

Information on County Roads can be found at

https://countyweb.bergen.org/public-works

Information on State Roads can be found at https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/directory/northregion.shtm

Division of TrafficThe Traffic Division is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of pavement markings and signs on Borough owned roads.  The division also paints curbs in no parking areas.  The installation, maintenance and replacement of signs is performed by the traffic division.  If you see a sign that is bent, twisted, faded on knocked down please contact the DPW office at (201) 943-0857.

Division of Building Maintenance– The DPW provides regular maintenance and daily essential cleaning of public buildings, internal mail and messenger services on a regular basis.  Additionally the division has worked to develop a preventive maintenance program for the Borough's HVAC and mechanical systems.

Division of Parks and PlaygroundsThe DPW works closely with the Department of Recreation to maintain the Borough's parks (Veterans Park, 9-11/Police Memorial, Firemen’s Circle) and 2 athletic fields (Columbus Park and English Neighborhood Park). This includes planting, fertilizing, grass mowing as well as regular upkeep and cleaning of the parks and as needed repairs to playground rides.

Division of Sewers/Storm Drains– The DPW has established a comprehensive maintenance plan for the nearly 600 storm inlets and approximately 13 miles of sanitary sewer in the Borough. This division also provides a 24 hour emergency service addressing all sewer backups that occur in the Borough.  Sewer laterals for each particular property are owned from the dwelling to the main by the property owner.  Please do not dump grease into the sewers as this causes build up in the pipes over time and adversely affects their capacity, possibly resulting in a backup for you and/or your neighbors.

Maintenance of storm drains is a key priority of the Department as well as compliance with applicable NJDEP requirements.  The public can assist the Division by not disposing of garbage or bottles/cans into catch basins and keeping the catch basin near them clean and free of debris.  This will keep the storm drain itself clean and allow it to work properly.  Information on what residents can do to improve stormwater runoff can be found at:

https://www.cleanwaternj.org/

Division of Engineering- The DPW coordinates the daily engineering activities between the Borough’s in-house engineer and with the Borough's general engineering consultant, Boswell Engineering. The Engineer supports the Department of Public Works with the following tasks:

·         Diagnoses deficiencies to the Boroughs infrastructure and buildings

·         Oversees repairs to roads, sewers and storm drains

·         Prepares specifications for various infrastructure repairs

·         Prepares specifications for the resurfacing of the roads

·         Assists with the preparation of grant applications

·         Other matters relating to the Borough's infrastructure needs.

Division of Sanitation/Recyclingpickup is managed by the Fairview DPW and all garbage collections are contracted with a private contractor. The Borough directs the pickup of trash curbside Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Two (2) day-a - week pickup is provided for every Borough resident.

The borough provides recycling of commingled bottles, cans and plastic every Wednesday to all Borough residents via a contractor.  Cardboard and newspapers are also collected every Wednesday.  If you need a recycling barrel please contact the DPW at (201) 943-0857.

Division of Code Enforcement– The division is responsible for several tasks which affect the appearance and safety of the Borough.  These tasks are:

·         Overcrowding/illegal apartments

·         Property maintenance (tall grass, litter, etc.)

·         Snow not removed from sidewalks in a timely manner

·         Zoning violations

 

If you see a condition that needs to be addressed, please contact the Division of Code Enforcement at (201) 945-3040.

 

Garbage Notes

Garbage Pickup

Garbage is picked up twice a week by the Borough’s garbage hauler, JSI, Inc. of Jersey City.  To find out which day garbage is picked up at your property and general rules for garbage collection, please Click here for schedules in English & Spanish

Brush Pickup

Effective April 15th and continuing through November, the DPW picks up vegetative waste i.e. branches, shrubs and grass on Mondays.

Smaller items such as leaves and grass must be placed in biodegradable paper bags or sturdy non-­disposable containers, no heavier than 50 pounds each and placed at the curb. Larger items such as branches and shrubs must be tied in bundles weighing no more than 50 pounds each and four (4) feet in length.

White Metal/Appliances/Electronics

Contact the DPW at (201) 943-0857 to schedule white metal and appliance pickup on Fridays or by appointment between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. during the week.  

Construction/Building and Demolition Materials

Materials from construction, renovations or demolition, including but not limited to sheetrock, shingles, cabinets, Formica, wood, etc. ARE NOT considered garbage, trash, or refuse and typically WILL NOT be collected by the Borough. 

For one and two-family owner occupied dwellings, we will pick up two barrels of block, brick and construction items. 

FOR DEVELOPERS AND CONTRACTORS, WE DO NOT PICK UP ANY TYPE OF WOOD (INCLUDING FENCING).  THE DISPOSAL AND COST OF DUMPING THESE MATERIALS ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CONTRACTOR OR PROPERTY OWNER.  Contractors hired by borough residents are responsible for removing their debris.


 

Curbside Recycling

Recycling of cans, bottles and paper is performed on Wednesday.  R

Rules for Recycling:

Items That Can Be Placed In Recycling Container For Pick Up:

Aluminum, Tin, and Metal cans

Empty Aerosol Cans

Glass Bottles and Jars

Plastic Beverage Containers

Milk and Juice Cartons

Soda, Laundry Detergent, and Bleach Bottles

 

DO NOT PLACE ITEMS IN PLASTIC BAGS

No styrofoam of any kind in any form

ALL OF THE ABOVE MUST BE EMPTIED AND RINSED TO REMOVE BEVERAGE OR FOOD WASTE.

Newspapers

Must be tied securely.  Newspapers do not go into the recycling container, plastic bags or pails.  Magazines, soft and hard cover books, and junk mail may be put out with the newspapers.

Cardboard

Must be collapsed and tied, and placed at the curb the same day as the newspapers.  Cardboard and newspapers must be secured to keep them from being blown away by strong winds.

Any questions regarding recycling can be directed to the DPW at (201) 943-0857.

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