Recycling Debate May Resurface in 2013

DPW workers started handing out fliers around town urging people to attend this week's presentation on the 2013 township budget

A debate last year over whether or not the township’s recycling department should be run by the town’s Department of Public Works or by a privatized company might replay itself this Thursday night.

The Mahwah mayor and business administrator are expected to give a presentation on their proposed 2013 municipal budget at this Thursday’s township council meeting. The budget, which will dictate the year's municipal tax rate, must meet a state-mandated two-percent tax levy increase. Representatives from the DPW Union who say they will be on hand Thursday night to see if privatization is part of the plan, started handing fliers like the one attached to this article around the township this weekend urging residents to attend the meeting.

“We just want to spread awareness about the town’s Recycling Department, and we want residents to come to the meeting to be informed about what’s going on,” DPW Union Shop Steward John Darby told Patch.

Darby’s fellow union shop steward Marc Bracciodieta, who has been in the news lately for legal scuffles with the township administration, said workers don’t know the exact details of the plan.

“We think it’s important for people to go to the meeting to hear he details of the recycling [portion of the budget],” he said. “This time around we were hoping for more communication from administration. Because we didn’t get that, we made the flier.”

Last week, Business Administrator Brian Campion said the 2013 budget will be presented to the township council Thursday, in advance of the state deadline of Feb. 1.

Mayor Bill Laforet, who did not comment on the make-up of this year’s budget, said Thursday’s presentation will include a “brief overview” of the entire budget, which includes projected spending on all township departments for the year.

“We encourage all residents to attend to hear the details of the budget, and how we will meet the 2% tax cap,” he said.

The presented budget will be subject to town council review. Thursday night’s meeting will start at 8 p.m. at town hall.

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Marc Bracciodieta January 21, 2013 at 01:29 PM
That really was not an exact quote. The flier was going to be made regardless. The residents have a right to know whats taking place. Alot of the people that i have spoken to, thought this was not an issue anymore. I also said, that we all thought we learned a valuable lesson in communication last time. That obviously is not the case. We have had, on more than one occasion, in the recent weeks, meetings sch. with administration.....only to have them cancelled. The process of awarding a bid, has a time limit. Why is this such a big secret again. Even in this article, administration refuses to comment. So much for transparency.
David L January 21, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Marc....Are you going to file a complaint or sue them if the town council decides like every other town in Bergen County to save money and out source? Tell the people the truth Marc, out of over 70 towns in Bergen County only 6 or 7 still collect their own recycling. I know you want to save your friends jobs, but are the other 60 towns wrong?....PS please don't sue me or cry like you did on channel 7 news over just stating a fact about the other towns.
David L January 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Question: The DPW workers that are handing out these flyers is it on township time?or there own? Would be great if a video appeared of them doing it on township time ( better video camera then the bagel store) Just want to know if my tax dollars are paying for someone trying to keep their job instead of doing their job.
Landano January 22, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Instead of handing out flyers, I wish they could have picked up section 6. Missed again, due to the extreme snow fall.
Marc Bracciodieta January 22, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Dave, i am open and available to have a civilized conversation with you. The numbers just dont work. I wouldnt mind sitting down with you to go over them....however,stop hiding under a fake name. Be somewhat of a man.
Dirk Diggler January 22, 2013 at 12:57 AM
How is Bracciodieta still an employee of this town? Any employee who acts the way he acts, should of been fired a long time ago. He is waisting tax payers money with all of these ridiculous law suits and false charges. If the town fires him they will have the money to keep the recycling program they have. The recycling program is very good in town, compared to other towns. They should be able to keep their jobs, as long as they agree to start helping the residents who visit the yard to drop stuff off, especially the elderly residents.
Hank January 22, 2013 at 02:54 AM
One could say we have one of the lowest taxes in Bergen County because we do our own recycling.
Marc Bracciodieta January 22, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Dirk Diggler. Nice name as well. lol
andy pero January 22, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Based on your recent transgressions against the Police Chief and Mayor of our town, civilized conversation doesn't seem to be your strong suit. Why don't you be somewhat of a man and drop your ridiculous lawsuit against an old politician who bumped you into a potato chip rack.
andy pero January 22, 2013 at 08:50 PM
I heard Vince McMahon is serving as mediator.
andy pero January 22, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Don't forget the inflatable rat. Maybe you can use official Mahwah DPW air compressor to pump it up.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Hands down, it should be run by multiple private companies. Government can't run a business. That is not what governments are for. Not in this country anyway.
BlackWahya January 22, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Marc You say you want to sit with David and have a civilized conversation which sounded good but then you go on to tell him “Stop hiding under a fake name be some what of a man.” Seriously you just ruined that olive branch. All I can say is I am starting to agree with Dirk and extra butter on my popcorn please !!!
Hank January 23, 2013 at 03:06 AM
hands down Mahwah is 8th lowest in taxes Paramus is 6th lowest Edgewater is 4th lowest in taxes They all do their own recycling
Thom Nesbitt January 23, 2013 at 04:36 AM
"Representatives from the DPW Union who say they will be on hand Thursday night to see if privatization is part of the plan, started handing fliers like the one attached to this article around the township this weekend urging residents to attend the meeting." This is what doesn't make sense, they want to "see if privatization is part of the plan". Then why make a flier that specifically mentions, layoffs, grass bag removal, no more snow plowing., etc? Fear tactics or facts? What is this? And Marc B., a word to the wise: Being an internet tough guy to people who most likely are paying your salary, pension and health benefits is probably not the best way to boost your already dubious reputation as a civil servant.
JP January 23, 2013 at 08:17 AM
I can see it happening now... if we go private, in the next few years we'll be talking about how can we reduce our increasing private recycling costs and improve the lousy service at the same time. I don't even think we should have private garbage collection if it was up to me. Once you start eliminating public sector jobs, there is no turning around and going back. I could see the point if this town were strapped for money, but we constantly accumulate millions in surplus revenue and just bank it. Right now, you could keep the staff AND reduce our taxes by lowering the maximum level of surplus. And lets not forget a new mall, their tax obligation would pay for our current recycling costs beyond what we have now, all by itself. One large taxed entity would pay for recycling for all of us and keep our guys in their jobs. The people don't want this change. I don't see it as a win for the mayor. It'll just create animosity all around if he pushes it.
Mona Lot January 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM
No but they could use your hot air instead
Mona Lot January 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM
The Mayor is going to push it because his ego will not allow him to think in a rational manner and no one says no to his majesty without some kind of retaliation in one form or another.
Regenbogen January 23, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I say we stop bashing one another and do what is best for Mahwah!
Dumona January 24, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Watch out where you buy your bagels with that guy! You might end up in the potato chips.
Dumona January 24, 2013 at 03:52 PM
I think the common denominator between Mahwah Paramus and Edgewater is the amount of corporate ratables. The tab for recycling is a drop in the bucket compared to the rest of the budget. Personally I think Laforet has it in for these guys. Marc is not doing them any favors by publicly feuding with the Mayor. He can't win, DPW may be better off without his antics.
Mona Lot January 24, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Andy Schmidt January 25, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Looking for that key on the left which has the lock symbol on it?
JP February 10, 2013 at 01:53 AM
This isn't a question of having or not having our guys do the recycling, The costs of recycling for this town every two weeks are diddly for a town this big. It can be easily covered by attracting one more large business to town. The real agenda is to totally eliminate a whole department. Believe me, this is all political.


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