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Belleville Looks to Clean Up Washington Avenue

Council talks about increasing garbage collections, street sweeping

The Belleville Township Council is trying to make the downtown business area of Washington Avenue cleaner in a bid to attract more shoppers.

Residents have complained at public council meetings for years that trash cans are overturned, the street is not swept regularly and that neglect hurts business.

At September meetings, officials said that increased garbage collections and street sweeping are two easy ways to improve the look of the avenue, and both changes are now being worked out.

Deputy Mayor Vincent Cozzarelli proposed increasing garbage pick-ups.

"We need to change the way we pick up garbage on Washington Avenue," Cozzarelli said. "There are too many overturned trash cans."

Township Manager Kevin Esposito said discussion is underway with officials from the Department of Public Works to increase from two- to three-day a week collections on Washington Avenue, and even more help is proposed.

"We also want our spare DPW garbage truck to up and down Washington Avenue and clean up any spilled out garbage cans," Esposito said.

Parking rules may also be amended to restrict parking at certain times of day to allow garbage trucks access to parts of the avenue to clean up, but those specifics are still be worked out with the DPW, he said.

The other major improvement would come from more frequent sweeping of the avenue, Esposito said.

john reese September 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM
i feel it is a good idea.also you need to get rid of the people haning in front of the businesses drinking and being all high on drugs.also another thing would be to try to get the emptry stores rented and have the businesses keep the front of their places clean.i walked the ave a lot and i am tired of seeing people sitting on the benches drinking and being so high from drugs they can not stand up.the only bad idea is the parking.parking is bad enough on the ave so if you make it that you can not park there for certain times for garbage removal it would hurt the area and the people coming to do business there.so you need to rethink the parking idea but please go ahead with the rest and please think about what i just wrote.also there is some places with grafitti that needs to be cleaned up.
M.E. Bradley September 28, 2012 at 11:24 AM
All of Washington Avenue should be included. The north end also has overflowing garbage and litter scattered in the curbs.
William Pennola September 28, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Why not demolish the now vacant Motorcycle Mall and use it as a Municipal Parking lot with meters generating more parking for shoppers and income for the town?
Carl Morano September 28, 2012 at 08:26 PM
This plan sounds like it was designed to increase the issuance of parking tickets for revenue purposes. Restricting parking that will only economically hurt the area. The result will be a clean and desolate Washington Street. Politicians are as smart as we are in identifying the problems but somehow always stupider in proposing the solutions.
Jeff Mattingly September 29, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Suggestion: Follow other Essex County towns and adopt a "Smart Street" ordinance to plan and execute a user friendly and safe Washington Ave makeover. Follow others working and successful plans. Show residents and visitors alike that we care about the center piece of Belleville.
Don Testa September 29, 2012 at 11:26 PM
great community service project, dont ya think?

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