LONG BRANCH: Officials are looking to get rid of some unsightly garbage containers in the business areas of the city.
Long Branch Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Fred Migliaccio said during a recent Long Branch Council meeting that he thinks the city-owned dumpsters behind stores on Broadway and West End should be removed because they have become difficult to manage and are now a problem.
“We’ve run into a dead end with these containment areas,” Migliaccio said. “Keeping them clean and neat is becoming an unsightly nuisance that’s out of control. Apparently its known by the undesirables in town that anything you want to get rid of, that you can just dump it in the containment areas.”
Migliaccio said the containment areas have been cleaned and powerwashed, but that in two weeks, they are back to being filthy, even with one DPW employee dedicating his time to this task alone.
“In our discussions with the mayor, we think it is time to remove them and return the garbage under the control of the individual property owners so that they can manage their own areas,” Migliaccio said.
The containment areas were installed about 12 years ago to unify the garbage areas of several city businesses.
Migliaccio said notices will eventually be sent out to the businesses that would be affected in a “timely manner” and that the city will demolish the containment areas and pave over them to create more parking spaces in several areas.
He said the only containment area that will remain is the one behind Brookdale Community College in the Lower Broadway area, because it is in much better shape than the others.
The council agreed that removing the containment areas is the best course of action for the city.
“Let’s give it a shot and hopefully it will be better,” Councilwoman Kathleen Billings said.
Migliaccio said he is not sure when the process of removing the containment areas will begin because the businesses will need time to set up their own garbage pickup.
“You have to give the businesses time to set up arrangements to have their garbage picked up,” he said. “If they put the cans out, we will pick the cans up, and if its a commercial entity that needs a dumpster, they’ll have to get private service.”