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River Dell Towns, New Milford May Enter Shared Agreement for Part-Time Position

New Milford has expressed interest in exploring the cost-saving benefits of sharing a Property Maintenance Officer with River Edge.

This week, New Milford's Mayor and Council authorized Borough Administrator Christine Demiris to explore sharing a Property Maintenance Officer with River Edge, and possibly Oradell.

In an effort to save costs, the position of Property Maintenance Officer was eliminated approximately a year ago and the duties were distributed among the Building Department, Health Department, DPW, Zoning Officer and Police Department.

However, River Edge has recently reached out to New Milford to see if they would be interested in sharing the position with them. Officials from River Edge indicated that Oradell has also expressed interest in being a part of the agreement.

A Property Maintenance Officer ensures the removal of snow from sidewalks and on streets, sidewalk repairs, garbage violations, overgrown grass, commercial and residential property maintenance, construction debris, and other property violations. They also have the authority to issue summonses.  

The Borough Administrator informed the Mayor and Council that the position was seasonal in nature. Approximately 15 to 20 hours would be needed during the summer months, but only 4 to 6 hours during the winter months.

The council requested further information detailing how this shared services agreement will work before making a determination.

Teresa Michel January 17, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Who ensures snow removal from town sidewalks? Can residents give the town tickets when they don't remove the snow?
Eamon Harbord January 17, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Hi Teresa, Snow removal from sidewalks is the responsibility of the homeowner or business owner. The schools building and grounds crew will shovel around the buildings and town DPW handles the snow around public buildings like borough hall or the library.
Teresa Michel January 17, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Yes, I'm aware - but my comment has to do with the lack of snow removal on sidewalks around the park areas of town - for example, the park area at Oradell Av & Grove St - never shoveled. Or the area around the woods on Oradell Ave - off Prospect.
Eamon Harbord January 17, 2013 at 10:21 PM
You're best bet is to contact DPW Superintendent Rob Stauffer at 201-261-8610.

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