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Township To Determine Recycling Department's Future

Changes may be coming to the way recycling gets picked up in Mahwah, and DPW workers are speaking out against the potential change; Find out what happens this week on Patch

This Thursday, the Mahwah Town Council is slated to consider potential changes to the township’s recycling department. Over the past few months, township administration has put out several bids for private recycling companies to pick up Mahwah’s recycling. It is currently picked up by the township’s .

Last week, urging residents to attend Thursday night’s meeting to find out the details of the new plan. According to the flier, some DPW workers may face layoffs if the new plan is passed by the township council.

“No matter how many people would be laid off, it would be too many,” Mahwah resident and DPW spokesperson Marc Bracciodieta said. “The town would be laying off people who grew up in town, who live in town, and who volunteer for the town.”

Of the 25 DPW workers employed by the township, Bracciodieta said seven work in the Recycling Department. However, he said those employees are also utilized in other aspects of DPW work, like snow plowing and leaf collection, when needed.

Mayor Bill Laforet said he will present the plan to the town council Thursday night before commenting on any specific details about it. “That is the normal procedure, we always present to the council first.”

He also said he “absolutely encourages any interested members of the public to attend Thursday night’s meeting,” which starts at 8 p.m. at .

Bracciodieta said he does not know the specifics of the new plan, but “with a decision as big as [the possible] privatization of recycling, we feel the public should know what’s happening.”

Last week, the DPW Union released a flier attacking the potential impacts of Laforet’s plan, and township policies regarding the Mahwah Police Department. “At the time, the entire membership voted for that flier, but in hindsight we realized it wasn’t what we wanted to do,” Bracciodieta said. “We are extremely sorry to any police personnel offended by the original flier.”

The union released a new flier (which is attached to this article as a PDF) Sunday.

DPW workers are planning to address the council about the issue Thursday night, Bracciodieta, who has worked for the department for 5 years, said. “We hope residents come out to find out what the real story is on the future of recycling is.”

Check Patch Friday morning for the results of Thursday night’s Council meeting.

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lori dorie July 11, 2012 at 07:49 PM
People, All this talk means NOTHING unless you go to the council meeting tomorrow night and have your voice heard!!
JP July 11, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Miss Crabtree, remember this, it was a good one! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dmHXs2QfEw
JP July 11, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Now I can't get this song out of my head. :(
JP July 11, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Yeah, that was a good one too.
NDW July 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Great work outing that slimeball! lollolol! Incompetent language capabilities are like a finger print. Well done!
NDW July 11, 2012 at 10:42 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ilE639rtF8&feature=related If you have 15 min you will laugh the entire time. Loved you Miss Crabtree but Miss McGillicutty mmm. :)
Armando Zacarias July 11, 2012 at 11:45 PM
and then what do you want,this "mayor " wants to private or get rid of recycling,and ambulance in mahwah he want to hire private ambulance and private the recycling DPW this is wrong on any way u look up it,if anyone have questions about how private ambulance and recycling works ask.this is acceptable on any way mr. laforet is whrong all the way,we all have to go Mahwah council meeting when and what tiime.
JP July 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM
So let me ask this Andy, you willing to personally hand out the pink slips to those DPW workers who are going to get nuked if the mayor has his way? We HAVE the tax money to keep these people. We're not Scranton, PA. This is all about bragging about how low an increase in taxes the mayor has during his term. BTW, can Patch please find out the answer to my question? How much is recycling generating in revenue and where does it go if we switch to a private company?
mb455 July 12, 2012 at 02:03 AM
The recycling crews do not do sub par work they do extraordinary work. Lifting recycling barrels many of which likely exceed the lifting guidelines set up by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, but do they complain no. Do you really think a person from a private company making minimum wage is going to do that? I think not they will just leave it there for you to deal with. When one of our senior citizens can’t get there recycling to the curb will a private company come and get it from next to there garage even though the “rules” say they shouldn’t? Not likely. When someone comes down the road saying I just missed you can you come back and get my recycling do you really think they are going to come back and get it like our DPW workers do. Sometimes cheaper doesn’t mean better it just means cheaper in quality of products as well as in services.
NDW July 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Not only left the room, but took all of her, or should I say, his posts with him. Pathetic attempt to cover ones tracks. Every "Ronda H" post removed after Dan was outed. No boy scout is he.
Andy Schmidt July 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Part of my job of runnnig a company has been handing out pink slips personally. We try to take care of our staff, but there would be no jobs for anyone, if I wouldn't consider economics. >> We HAVE the tax money to keep these people << No we HAD(!) the money THIS year. But we have to plan ahead for the coming year and subsequent years when various costs will rise MORE than 2%, but taxes increases are LIMITED to 2%. So you are constantly looking at the various functions and services and try find more cost-effective ways -- that precisely is the job of the person at the top! Specially when upcoming retirements and open positions would require NEW hiring in the next 12 months. That is the right time to give the council options on whether things can be organized differently.
Andy Schmidt July 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM
The mayor just announced this morning that as part of his proposal... "...just ONE employee MAY lose their job, while others will assume duties in other departments in the Township." So much for all the misinformation and hot air that was being spouted!
Andy Schmidt July 12, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Armando, "get rid of ... ambulance in mahwah he want to hire private ambulance" Why not stick to the truth? HERE is what was ACTUALLY proposed back in March: "Business Administrator Brian Campion explained that the township is “looking into multiple proposals and models, but all of them anticipate that both volunteer squads will remain in existence.” According to Campion, the administration is considering a system in which a dispatcher’s first two calls during an emergency situation would go to Mahwah’s volunteer squad. If they didn’t answer or couldn’t respond, the third call would go to a third party, private service." ONLY IF the volunteers didn't answer or couldn't respond to a particular call THEN THAT one call would go to a paid service!
Regenbogen July 12, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I think the hot air being spouted comes from people in glass houses!!
mb455 July 12, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Not true 3 WILL lose there jobs one MAY come back in January IF anyone retires. You should get all the information before you say anything about hot air. If you still think what has been said is misinformation I suggest you go to the meeting tonight and ask the mayor himself
JP July 12, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Even one is TOO many Andy. You want to hand that person their slip? Come on, do it for the mayor. Volunteer your services.
Andy Schmidt July 12, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Uh, so first it was DEFINITELY 7, now it's DEFINITELY 3, but by January it's 2... 'nuf said.
JP July 12, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Very well said MB.
JP July 12, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Andy, I'm not sure you are getting the concept of this being done for political reason. You say you saw the mayor's email today, did you not see the pomp about being under the 2%? That's his whole big thing about this. He equates (what he thinks) his whole success is on keeping the taxes under 2% increase. You yourself, in another thread, justified to me the 26% tax increase a few years ago didn't you? Which side are you really on? The contrary side of whatever the issue is?
JP July 12, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Enough said? No, there's definitely not enough said yet.
Mike Kupchik July 12, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Health reasons prevent me from attending tonight's meeting, but can any of the 6 speakers for the allotted 30-minute "public" window suggest that all unelected town positions go up for public bid too? DPW is the sole group I've respected for years.
Jonathan N. Marcus July 12, 2012 at 09:49 PM
First it was seven. Now it is three or possibly one. Sounds like no one knows for sure what the actual plan is until the Council hears it publicly tonight.
JP July 12, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Maybe we should look at it in this fashion... first it's one, then it's three, then it escalates to seven. Isn't that the typical conservative regression with public workers?
Andy Schmidt July 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I'll gladly refresh your memory from time to time, JP: I personally will rather forego splurging on some unnecessary items and pay my share of higher municpal/school taxes - because I see it as an investment into my town, which will help maintain property values. But, the state wants to micro-manage the townships and thus prevents residents from making such a choice. They imposed the 2% cap that all administrations of all townships have to limit themselves to, by making cuts to accomodate external costs that rise faster than those 2%. You need to stop constantly barking up the wrong trees. If you are talking about the library, it's the state and the library board, if you are talking about schools, it's the school board, if you are talking about having to make changes to stay within the arbitrary 2%, then it's the state. Pick your tree! The township has no choice but to follow the law.
Jimmy John July 13, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I was at the meeting tonight......the mayor made an official fool out of himself represented by the town business administrator. Never in my life have I heard so much back tracking and he never answered a single question asked by the council. He answered every question like someone who was uneducated on the matter and guess what.....he is. His numbers were completely wrong. Go DPW. Keep Mahwah people employed
Mahwah Resident July 15, 2012 at 04:33 AM
This sounds like the whole mall thing all over again. Different situation but handled in the same ugly way. Everything done behind closed doors and then shoving it down our throats. This is terrible.
NDW July 15, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Ronda H hiding under a rock. But her brother Randy H is covering for her. Same bad grammar and spelling and amazingly thoughtless postings. Give it up Dan.
hsr July 23, 2012 at 01:31 PM
JJ lets face it the "Mayor" is playing it cool till after election. Just like he will with the EMS.
Grace July 23, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Have the Counsel or Mayor reached out to meet with the Union members? You would think they would want to get their input before making any decision.
Andy Schmidt July 23, 2012 at 04:55 PM
This actually has been widely reported in the past weeks, e.g.: >> municipal staff, including Township Administrator Brian Campion and Department of Public Works Superintendent Keith Hallisey, began looking at privatizing recycling collection in December. DPW union representatives were brought into the conversation about three months ago << >> Two others were told when they were hired this spring that their jobs could be eliminated because of the township’s interest in outsourcing recycling collection << http://www.northjersey.com/mahwah/Mahwah_council_to_hear_plans_on_outsourcing_recyclables_pickup.html So the union, the employees effected and the DPW supervisor were made aware for quite some time, as was the council. Obvioulsy, other than knowing of the ongoing effort to come up with a proposal, the council can't discuss any proposal until you actually HAVE one (with actual dollar figures). Only THEN can the council can weigh all the pros and cons now and discuss this in earnest.

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