Jackson Residents Upset Over Township Leaf Removal Program

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The first snow in a big pile of collected fallen autumn leaves. Autumn landscape.

JACKSON-Residents in Jackson are upset because piles of leaves placed in the fall of 2017 remain lining township roads well into the first week of 2018.

The township’s leaf collection program calls for residents to place their leaves for curbside pickup during the fall months.  Township crews pick up the leaves for the residents, but this year, most are upset because leaves haven’t been picked up.

According to an online poll by SNN of nearly 300 residents, over 75% said their leaves haven’t been picked up yet.   In addition to the piles of leaves left along many residential roadways, many said the township never plowed their streets, now 4 days after an arctic blast dropped 2-3 inches of snow across the township.

Many residential roads are still ice covered.

Multiple attempts were made to contact the township to ask when residents can expect plowed roads and leaves removed, but all calls for answers went unanswered by township officials.

John Maneri, who is running for mayor of Jackson this year against current mayor, Michael Reina said the township’s level of services is unacceptable.

“I have lived in Jackson for nearly 20 years and never has the leaf pickup and snowy roads been as bad as the past 4-5 years,” Maneri said.  “The Jackson DPW needs to step up, and as Mayor, I will fire Fred Rasciewitz (head of DPW) if it does not improve.”

“Mayor Reina should be ashamed seeing hundreds of residents with snow-covered leaf piles STILL on the curb since HALLOWEEN,” Maneri said.

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Reina did not respond to emails sent requesting a response.

 

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