The Department of Public Works is comprised of five separate divisions, responsible for addressing the Maplewood's roads, parks and trees, as well as municipal buildings and automobiles.
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 five divisions as follows:
Our Fleet Maintenance Division, comprised of four men, provides repairs and routine maintenance to all of Township’s vehicles. This includes 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 2018, this division has managed approximately 1,971 service requests, consisting of engine repairs, electrical issues, transmissions, diagnostics, quotes, steering and suspension issues and preventative maintenance items.
Buildings & Grounds
Our four-man Buildings & Grounds Division responds to any issues that occur in any of the municipal buildings. This includes:
- Town Hall
- Police Headquarters
- Fire Stations 1 & 2
- DeHart Community Center
- The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
- The Woodland
- The Main & Hilton Branch Libraries
- The Civic House
- 1978 Maplewood Arts Building
- The Maplewood Senior Center
- The Maplewood OEM 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 2018, this division responded to approximately 1,320 requests for services.
Forestry, Fields & Playgrounds
Being comprised of seven men, the Forestry, Fields & Playgrounds 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 2018, this division pruned approximately 120 trees, removed 280 trees and stumps, and will supervised the planting of over 200 new trees within the Township.
The Roadway Maintenance Division is responsible for roadway resurfacing, pothole repair, street sweeping, leaf collection, and sewer maintenance. The division is comprised of nine employees. Throughout 2018, this division repaired over 4,781 potholes, and conducted over 10 large-area roadway repairs utilizing over 500 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.
The Transportation Division is responsible for the towship's jitney service. This division is comprised of 10 part time bus drivers, who provide transportation services to and from Maplewood Train Station for our AM and PM jitney service.