During this storm two large trees fell by my house near the street. I called immediately after the storm and I was told to pile them on the curb and the township would come around to collect them; they did not have a date available.
After having no power for five days we removed the trees cut them and placed them by my mailbox, unlike others who left most of their brush in the street, blocking view from passing cars.
Today I came home and found that all my neighbors trees and were brush were gone, but my pile was not touched. My trees were the only ones left on the street. Was it because my pile was too large? Or maybe if I would have left the tree blocking the street my trees would have been taken away. I don't know what is more of an outrage, the hours we spent hours, cutting these trees and putting them into piles placing them out of harms way, or the fact they the trucks were in front of my house collecting all my neighbors debris and leaving mine behind. When I called the number of public works a pre-recorded voice message said the trucks were only coming through once (so I guess that was my only chance to have this removed). Later today I saw a Warren Township chipper truck in another part of town and I went over to the men and asked why my house was the only one left with trees. They told me that they were only taking trees that fell 15 feet from the curb. I explained that we cut up the two trees and placed them there, I was told to call the township. I began wonder how did they enforce their so called criteria: did the men have a tape measure? How did they know my neighbors tress were 15 feet from the curb and not 9?
This is a total disgrace! Why do we pay taxes in this community? We pay for our own garbage, have a volunteer fire department and have to pay for bulk pick up.
This was a devastating storm, my family as well as many others were displaced for five or more days days and incurred great expense in lost food and hotel bills, so for this township to pick and choose which house they are going to take the trees away from is a total outrage. The community of Mountainside had all their trees picked up from their township. What is the problem with Warren? Is it to much trouble to stick the trees in a chipper that are neatly piled when you are right there? Maybe what this town needs is more people to speak up?
Is anyone else disgusted?