CARLSTADT, N.J. — The Carlstadt Department of Public Works this week began ripping up sidewalks and unearthing trees as part of a 5-year beautification effort.
"The objective is to get back to consistent tree-lined streets throughout the borough rather than concrete sidewalks and no streetscapes," Director of Carlstadt DPW Joe Crifasi told Daily Voice.
Carlstadt DPW will be going around ripping out trees with invasive roots and replacing them with new ones for the remainder of the month. It will also be repaving all cracked sidewalks that pose a serious tripping hazard.
Crifasi estimates that his crew will lay about 400 square yards of sidewalk this month. He also said this work will continue every summer moving forward until 2019, prioritizing the worst areas first
"We've identified all of the trees and sidewalks that need to be repaired," Crifasi said. "We ask that residents be patient. We will not get to everyone at one time but we will get the list completed as fast as possible."
The town will spend roughly $72,000 this year on the trees and concrete repairs, but Crifasi said the money will come from a surplus so as not to create another expense.
"When we have a project in town that is completed and money is leftover," he said, "we use whatever leftover money there is in those projects so that we are not raising taxes anymore then the budget allows."