ROXBURY, NJ — Tree limbs that fell during the Aug. 4 tropical storm - and are now piled along Roxbury roads - will begin disappearing on Monday, Aug. 10 as township crews initiate a town-wide cleanup.
The cleanup will involve a bit of noise as the Roxbury Department of Public Works (DPW) workers will be manning woodchippers, said the township.
Those machines can devour some good-sized limbs, but there is a limit. The township said it can handle limbs that are eight inches in diameter or less.
It directed that the limbs “should be placed at the curb (as close to the street as possible) with the cut end of debris facing the road.” Following the rules will ensure that the storm debris “is collected in the most efficient, safe and timely manner,” said the officials.
It will be Blue Diamond Disposal, not the township DPW, that will be removing smaller branches and brush. This will take place at the same time the company picks up trash, according to the township.
The smaller material must be no longer than four feet long and no larger than six inches diameter. It must be “bundled and tied or placed in an open container” without sticking more than two feet out from the top of the container, said the township.
“Residents should remember that this cleanup is for damaged tree limbs caused by a significant storm,” said the township. “It is up to the individual homeowner to make arrangements to have tree stumps or logs removed from their property.”
People who have questions are being asked to call the DPW at 973-448-2069.
Meanwhile, as of Saturday morning, about 1,500 Roxbury residents remained without electricity, according to Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L). That amounts to about 15 percent of the company's customers in the township.
JCP&L said it expects all customers in Roxbury to have power by Tuesday, but Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo, in a statement Friday, indicated town officials are not happy with the utility's response to the storm.
"Based on information from JCP&L, which continues to be inaccurate, inconsistent and conflicting, the number of residents without power in Roxbury is somewhere between 1300 and zero," wrote the mayor. "We have not been able to get more precise information from JCP&L. We know there continue to be pockets of outages around town, and we are pressing JCP&L to restore power to everyone."
He noted that "mayors around the state" met with JCP&L representatives and expressed their unhappiness. "At today's meeting with mayors around the state, JCP&L was once again told its response to this storm has been slow and inadequate," DeFillippo said. "We urge anyone still without power to contact JCP&L even if you have done so previously. JCP&L also recommends reporting ongoing outages."
JCP&L, on Twitter, said Morris County was "among the hardest hit areas" in New Jersey following Tropical Storm Isaias. It said utility crews "have replaced more than 68,000 feet of wire, hundreds of poles and crossarms and worked through more than 360 road closures to repair service."
The company's tweets, and other social media posts, describing its cleanup efforts are being met with a barrage of ridicule from customers who remain without electricity.
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