UNION, NJ -- If there is one thing that the coronavirus has given us, it's a greater appreciation of the workers who serve the public day in and day out: healthcare workers are at the top of the list, but also teachers, police officers, firefighters and DPW workers.
"No services have stopped, we are fully operational,” said Union Department of Public Works Director Lou Ulrich. “All our divisions -- road work, street sweeping, grounds, buildings, shade tree, sewers -- are out there working.”
All divisions now report to separate locations, said Ulrich. Division personnel do not interact with other division employees. He said the department eliminated any communal space and practice social distancing at all times, “so we can continue providing services.”
Ulrich said DPW employees are not interacting in person with the public. “Anyone with permit paperwork can drop it off through a slot in the door at the Public Works building,” said Ulrich. He added there is no change to garbage or recycling schedules.
“It’s almost business as usual here,” said Ulrich. “We’re out here doing the best we can. We’ve been proactive since the onset of this to keep our employees safe.”