County Crews Continue Tree Cleanup in Cranford

A County public works crew was in Cranford this week taking care of a downed tree near the municipal building.

Workers from the Union County Public Works shade tree division were out clearing up remnants from Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday afternoon. About half a dozen workers were hauling away tree trunks that were sitting on county land near the grounds of the Cranford Historical Society.

A crew member chainsawed his way through a trunk while others helped maneuver other large pieces onto a truck. The crew was making the rounds through Union County this week, just a couple of months since the storm wrecked havoc on swaths of North Jersey.

"It's been non-stop [storm cleanup] ever since," one worker said about the efforts. Workers were coming from Plainfield, with another stop in Kenilworth and final drop off in Springfield.

Monk January 24, 2013 at 06:08 PM
It's hard to know which is more wasteful: (1) government landscaping or (2) overpriced landscaping contracts awarded to relatives and friends of government officials. This work is necessary, but what does it cost, and could it be done at a lower price? I don't begrudge any working man his job or fair pay, but when I'm on the hook for the bill as the taxpayer and all I hear is that the government is borrowing money to pay for everything, you'll have to understand why this is a sensitive issue.
Turk 182 January 24, 2013 at 06:49 PM
The county cant pay these guys, but they can go into the catering business. And while we are discussing the golf course , did they ever here of a timer for the lights on the drivin range. Those lights, and theres plenty of them stay on all night. I thought the county was going green. Yeah green as in the money they take from the taxpayera to support there friends business ventures. Shut the damn lights.
Joe Graz January 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM
I drive a 50k hybrid and make $120,000 a year to do nothing ! I take offense to Turk 182 and Clint's commemts , I deserve a raise ! I'm sorry , I misspoke , I deserve a bigger raise !!
Turk 182 January 25, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Joe, dont be mad. We all know who runs the road dept. That joe has been there forever, and has never been wrong. Never, could u imagine that. Not to mention his outstanding personality and hes an excellent motivational speaker. Maybe 30 more years u can have a neck just like his. Ill close this with a shoulder shrug .
Joe Graz January 25, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Hey Turk 182 , the road department is run like a clock , a broken clock !! Gullet Neck is my mentor and I hope to aspire to be him one day ! He has been here for 38 years and still doesn't know what road is a county road ! He is the perfect county employee


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