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Snowy Weather Delays Christmas Tree Pickup in Ridgewood

Officials say late leaf falls, early snow and a reduced workforce have contributed to the delays.

If you are a resident of Ridgewood still waiting for your Christmas tree to be picked up, you are not alone.

According to a NorthJersey.com report, a group of residents recently voiced concerns about Christmas trees they’ve left curbside at their houses that the village has not yet picked up. A list of streets that have yet to have curbside Christmas trees picked up includes East Saddle River Road, Jefferson Street, Frederick Street, Wastena Terrace, Fairway Road, and “many others,” the report said.

Ridgewood officials blame snow and other weather events for the delay in pick-up, the report said. Late leaf falling combined with early snowfalls have delayed leaf and tree pick-up, it said.

Village officials also noted that it is down some DPW workers this year, as during the last two it was able to hire some FEMA-reimbursed temporary help after Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.

Officials told NorthJersey.com that residents should call village hall if their trees have not yet been picked up, and that residents can still drop off trees at the Graydon parking lot. Ridgewood typically converts the trees into mulch that is used throughout the village, the report said.

jp1 February 08, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Seems to me that the village always has an excuse,why not just get the job done!
JAFO February 08, 2014 at 10:40 AM
the village is pathetic when it comes to stuff like this. The streets are absolutely horrible. Not surprisingly, the surrounding towns are fine.
disgusted February 08, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Say what you want, believe what you want, this is what happens when you gut the workforce. You cannot reasonably expect a workforce of 7 to provide the same service as 24.
jp1 February 08, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Just came down Franklin av. from Broad at 12:15 and what a disaster. Just what is the excuse in this village anymore? It is time the people to demand that services be restored.
maureen February 09, 2014 at 08:39 AM
complete joke ! same excuses, different year. "the late leaves with the early snow ..blah, blah ". I've been hearing that same song . Can't understand why the weather pattern is sooo different in Glen Rock, Paramus, Waldwick ., Hawthorne that they are NOT having any problem plowing, picking up trees, garbage , etc
DD February 09, 2014 at 07:29 PM
No way around that? That's naive at best. There are plenty of ways to meet budgetary cuts without cutting manpower. Suggesting otherwise tells me that you've never run an organization with an eye on efficiency or budgets.
James Bombace February 09, 2014 at 07:44 PM
DD, your comment demonstrates you have little to no understanding of the expenses needed to run a business or a municipal budget. Employees salaries and benefits are the largest line item in any budget. Any efficient business or municipality has long ago made the cuts necesary to become efficient. So if you are so smart, tell me where you would find cuts that would not impact on services but will substancially reduce the Village budget. I would love to hear your ideas.
Joe Walton February 09, 2014 at 07:50 PM
Raise my taxes $5, solves all problems.
disgusted February 09, 2014 at 08:27 PM
Assuming the workload stays the same, when management cut's the work force it's usually with the idea in mind to privatize, for some reason the village has cut through layoffs and attrition, the workforce but never outsourced the labor. I think that's why the services have suffered so much.
Citizen of America February 10, 2014 at 09:52 AM
As usual, the nattering nabobs of negativism on this thread feel the need to complain about EVERYTHING in the Village -- e.g., Village Council, Board of Ed, Valley, etc.
disgusted February 10, 2014 at 01:14 PM
Yeah COA, you have a point there.

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