Updated: Apr 17, 2019
The township's Department of Public Works recently began two new initiatives designed to keep the community cleaner than ever before. Under the leadership of Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Commissioner Frank Gargiulo, the DPW purchased three new violations trucks that are now accompanying the department's street sweepers on their daily routes. Through a partnership with the North Bergen Parking Authority, the trucks are being used to enforce street cleaning parking rules as well as to carry additional cleaning equipment and to pick up bulk items left on curbs by residents.
In addition, last month the DPW began a new "Broom & Barrel" cleaning program designed to tidy up North Bergen streets. Six part-time employees have been hired to staff the program, which involves sweeping heavily trafficked commercial areas like Bergenline Avenue, Broadway and Kennedy Boulevard. Crews are also working to clean areas near township schools after dismissal, and are available for spot work in residential areas when issues are reported by residents.
"Protecting our quality of life is always a priority for our entire team, so I'm glad to see the Department of Public Works offer these new programs that are making our streets and sidewalks cleaner than ever," said Mayor Sacco.
Two of the new violations trucks were paid for by Clean Communities grant funding, saving North Bergen taxpayers $50,000.
"We can count on our hardworking DPW employees to do whatever they can to keep our streets clean, and I commend our DPW Director John Shaw and his team for always doing an excellent job keeping North Bergen clean," said Commissioner Gargiulo.