In a recent telephone call to Bayonne residents, I announced that the City would resume street-sweeping enforcement in May. As we are now nearing our second month of social distancing directives, we are hoping that we are getting closer to our return to normal.
Early in the emergency, I ordered the Parking Utility to stop issuing summonses for numerous parking regulations. One of these regulations was for sweeping enforcement. Our sweepers have continued to go on their scheduled days, but we haven’t issued any tickets for people that haven’t moved their cars. The cleanliness of our city has suffered quite a bit during this crisis. Now that we are gearing towards our return to normalcy, we need to start the sweeper enforcement again, so we can get our streets clean. Beginning on Monday, May 4, we started to enforce sweeper regulations. We will give everyone a week’s grace period with just a warning, and then actual tickets will be issued beginning next Monday, May 11.
I am so proud of how people are doing their part in helping to keep Bayonne clean. Hundreds of you participated in our revised Earth Day on Saturday, April 25, and it was great to see the pictures you took that day. Thank you all. We would like to encourage everyone to clean in front of your homes and businesses throughout the year, whether you own or rent. Taking a few minutes each week to pick up litter would be a welcome development. Please be sure to wear gloves and a mask. Use tongs to pick up objects that should be placed in your garbage or recycling.
Working in cooperation with the Bayonne Board of Education, we have opened up public schoolyards for parking by the general public. This policy will remain in effect until schools are back in session or until further notice. If you need to move your vehicle out of the way of the sweepers, please take advantage of any available spaces in your neighborhood schoolyard.
We also have begun our annual road resurfacing project, which will help fix the sins of winter on our streets. Between this project and our sweeper enforcement starting up, we will be making our city beautiful again.
Thank you all for your cooperation and your patience throughout this emergency. I am so proud of how our city has dealt with this crisis.