Reader Mail: Early bird street sweeper

10/6/2008:

Hoboken411 reader Mike is puzzled by the crack-of-dawn street sweeper activity…

WTF? Why so early?

“I experienced something interesting which I don’t believe I’ve seen before in the past 2 years that I’ve lived in Hoboken. There’s a chance that I have seen/heard it but simply didn’t think twice about it. What’s the story with street sweepers cleaning Washington at 6am? Lucky for me, I was awoken by one of these monstrosities the city calls “street sweeper” during today’s wee hours. Although my bedroom windows face Washington, they are sound proofed enough that loud noise “usually” doesn’t wake me up.

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Posted on your site and on the city signs shows the odd side of Washington as being cleaned from 8am to 9am and the even side from 9am to 10am. What the heck is that thing doing there at 6am?

I’m not so much ticked off at the noise that it’s making at an ungodly hour, but the effectiveness of the actual cleaning. Although not 100% of the spots on Washington are taken before the 8am street cleaning, I would estimate that between 50-60% of the spots are in fact being used for overnight parking. This means that the street sweeper has to do one of those wide “get around the car” moves which just puts more garbage in the street (not even sure how that’s possible). Has the city ever explained the need for a 6am street sweeping on Washington if it’s happening again between 8-10am? Hate to go on a “my tax dollars are being wasted” rant but isn’t that what’s happening here? Based on the effectiveness of the 6am cleaning, I wouldn’t even call this “duplicated” work. More like wasted work.

Just thought I’d share .. perhaps you have some info you can share with us brave souls that call Washington their home. Back to sleep for me .. then again is there a point? That thing is coming back around again in the next hour.”

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15 Comments on "Reader Mail: Early bird street sweeper"


kal-el
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kal-el
7 years 11 months ago

I’d like to compare Washington st. and Central ave in Jersey City and then compare bergaline ave which goes though West New York, North Bergan, Guttenberg and Union City . All at 7am and see who has the cleanest city’s . As a betting man i’d bet HOBOKEN .

Bottom line stop trying to b!tch about every little thing !!!

cegre
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cegre
7 years 11 months ago

yes, i’d take the 6am instead of the trash guys picking up at the dumpster outside my window at 3am everyday.

strand tramp
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strand tramp
7 years 11 months ago

6am is not that early. the guys collecting the 10 trash cans of beer bottles on every block at 4am on sunday morning on 1st street are early.

Foster
Member
7 years 11 months ago

What is your beef with crossing guards? Really, the lowest paid worker in the city. they get what, $8/hr and they are only paid for the exact time on the corner. maybe 1-2 hours in the morning and then 1-2 hours in the afternoon. nothing in between. not matter if it’s pouring rain, snowing, hurricane winds or dodging tractor trailors, they help the kids walk to school. I don’t get why anyone would bash the crossing guards. 🙄

matt_72
Member
7 years 11 months ago

[quote comment=”110410″]Wait, I thought we were supposed to be outraged that city employees don’t work long enough hours. So isn’t it a good thing they’re out doing their jobs already at 6am?[/quote]

What does starting work early have to do with working long hours? You can still start early and have a short day. Just ask all those crossing guards how long there day is if you don’t believe me.

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