This letter to the editor was originally sent to the Sparta DPW head, James Zepp.

A major snow and Ice storm that hit us on Dec 1st left chaos in its wake -- downed power lines, downed trees, damaged houses and tree limbs and debris everywhere. Damages from falling trees and limbs during a natural event are attributed to an “act of God” or “vis major”. It took Sparta residents a lot of time and efforts to take part in their property clean up post the storm I understand that DWP established storm debris brush removal and drop off event in Dec on certain days. In some cases, the residents don’t have the necessary skills, tools or experience to clean up their property at their earliest convenience e.g. single mothers, senior citizens etc.

In my development @ Sussex Mills there are huge amounts of branches that are piled up along our curbs including my house. It’s impractical for the residents to rent their own trucks and drop off the debris at the township dumping site. Even if I rent a truck, I don’t have the resources to load  the large heavy limbs into the truck.

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There hasn’t been an official position/announcement if Sparta Township is going to come around and remove the debris. The word on the street is that our neighboring towns (where the residents pay less taxes than us) are front and center in coming to their residents’ rescue for debris clean up. Even lake Mohawk is planning on removing resident’s branches but why not Sparta Township?

 Regards,

Sumbul Aslam