Director of Public Works
Assistant to Director of Public Works
359 Boyden Avenue
Phone: (973) 762-1175
Fax: (973) 762-3624
Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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To administer in the delivery of essential municipal infrastructure services, for residents, businesses, and visitors, in Maplewood Township.
PUBLIC WORKS - GENERAL
The operations of the Department of Public Works (DPW) consist of providing a myriad of services, including, but not limited to:
- Street sweeping
- Roadway repair
- Tree pruning
- Maintenance of all municipal buildings
- Care and upkeep of parks
- Automotive repairs of police, fire, EMT, and all other municipal vehicles
- Snow removal
- Operation of the jitney service
The Department also assists in providing support services for special events such as Maplewoodstock, and our annual Fourth of July celebration. Public Works is currently comprised of a staff of 31 hardworking employees, distributed through four divisions as follows:
Our Automotive Division, comprised of four men, provides repairs and routine maintenance to all of Township’s vehicles. This include public works vehicles, police vehicles, fire emergency vehicles, EMT vehicles, the jitneys, administrative, code enforcement, and engineering vehicles. Not only does this division maintain Township vehicles, but it also services the police vehicles for South Orange, and fire trucks for the Township of Springfield.
Throughout 2016, this division has managed over 1,000 service requests, consisting of engine repairs, electrical issues, transmissions, diagnostics, quotes, steering and suspension issues and preventative maintenance items.
Our four-man Facilities Maintenance Division responds to any issues that occur in any of the municipal buildings. This includes Town Hall, Police Headquarters, both fire stations, DeHart Community Center, the Bergdorf, the Woodland, both libraries, the Civic House, and the Arts Building.
Repairs range from lighting, painting and carpentry repairs, to resolving complex plumbing heating, and air-conditioning issues. This division also installs and repairs traffic signage throughout the Township. In 2016, this division responded to over 920 requests for services.
Parks & Shade Tree Division:
Being comprised of seven men, the Parks & Shade Tree Division is responsible for the care and maintenance of the Township’s six parks. Duties include the preparation and maintenance of the baseball, and soccer fields, fence repair, and providing sanitation services for the parks, and business district.
This division is also responsible for the pruning, removal, and planting of trees throughout the Township. Throughout 2016, this division pruned over 120 trees, removed over 260 trees and stumps, and will supervise the planting of over 100 new trees within the Township.
The Streets & Roads Division is responsible for roadway resurfacing, pothole repair, street sweeping, leaf collection, and sewer maintenance. The division is comprised of nine employees. Throughout 2016, this division repaired over 922 potholes, and conducted over 10 large-area roadway repairs utilizing over 522 tons of asphalt.
This Division also takes primary responsibility for snow removal from the Township’s 130 lane-miles of roadways, and all of its municipal properties. When required, DPW provides 24-hour snow removal services, and if necessary, will enact the services of a private contractor to assist in the plowing and hauling of snow.
TREE REMOVAL PERMITS
Any resident requiring a tree to be removed from their property must complete a tree removal permit application with the township. Tree removal permit applications cost $25 for 1-3 trees, $50 for 4-10 trees, and $75 for 11 or more trees. The link to the tree removal permit application can be found here: Tree Removal Permit Application