S-Hole Report: We are now well
rid of mayor Lester Taylor, and have as our new mayor, Ted Green,
who was formerly the council person for the Third Ward. Lester
Taylor did nothing to improve this Third Ward neighborhood
property, and neither did Ted Green as council person. Let's see
if newly elected mayor Green, or new third ward councilman
Bergson Leneaus, does anything to improve conditions in the Third
World Third Ward S-Holes of East Orange. This is the house on the
east side of Sanford Street at the corner of Sanford and Edgar
Across the street is NW 3 (135
Sanford), just in case the new mayor or councilman can't find his
way here. On the sidewalk, some city engineer has painted an
arrow pointing to this new S-Hole that has joined with the others
to destroy the neighborhood at 126 Sanford St. Click here to
go to 135 Sanford Street on the west
side of the street and see how long that has been going on.
I originally came here to
photograph a dead animal that was left on the corner by the
hydrant. Then I saw the amount of litter that had been dumped on
the property on the Edgar Street sidewalk. This is city property
and supposedly a city problem.
I called in the dead animal to
(973) 266-5337 because it had apparently been lying in that spot
for several days. On returning to the spot, I saw on closer
inspection that it was a dead cat, probably one of the many feral
cats that roam the area. It is unbelievable that no one saw it
before today (1/29/18); more likely no one bothered to notice it
and call it in for removal. East Orange does not deal with dead
animals unless someone takes the effort to call in and report
them to the Department of Public Works.
Then I came across another dead
cat #2, buried in the leaves on the Sanford Street side in front
of the #126 property. I think two dead cats left for days in the
street qualifies this as a Shit-Hole-In-Progress for our S-Hole
Report of East Orange, NJ.
Apparently the city of East
Orange turns over reports of dead animals in the street to a
private contractor, Suburban Disposal, at 263 Shepard Ave, East
Orange. The first dead cat was removed about two hours after I
called. I called in the second animal and we'll see how long it
takes them to find it and dispose of it. But no one has yet
cleaned up the sidewalk and street around the property at all, so
that must be another department.
The sewer near Dead Cat #2 is
clearly marked that it drains to waterways (The Second River), which drains into the Passaic River eventually and
ends up in Newark. Or it might drain south into Elizabeth. Either
direction doesn't need our polluted water; they have enough of
their own. Now let's check on that "Dump No Waste"
This sidewalk is a favorite place
for drivers to smash glass bottles of liquor while driving by or
parking in their cars. S-Holes are caused by A-holes. Let's peek
into the abandoned backyard.
So far, not too bad. That could
have just blown in to the yard from the street.
That wasn't blown in by the wind.
Someone has started dumping bags of garbage, and if it isn't
dealt with right away, it will continue until the yard is filled.
The person or bank that owns this property is responsible for
cleaning it up. The city is responsible for contacting them and
enforcing the clean-up. But if no one from Public Works or
Property Maintenance is looking at what goes on in the city (not
just here, there are many more examples as I will be showing over
the next few months) then we could end up like this:
But I digress. Back to the
immediate problem at 126 Sanford Street.
Look what is "hidden"
just behind the fence at the south west corner. That wasn't blown
in there by the wind, either.
The full "scenic view"
along Edgar Street. What a wonderful path of learning to walk
with your children on their way to school in East Orange. Watch
out for broken glass.
It is difficult for me to believe
that NO ONE from Public Works OR Property Maintanence passed by
this and missed the clues of the broken glass on the sidewalk,
the leaning broken metal gate, or the smashed wooden fence lying
on the sidewalk. As far as residents who walk this way
frequently, most often talking on their hand held phones, walked
by it, walked over it, and ignored it tells me we are on our way
to becoming a Third World Sanctuary City, just like the ones our
East Orange immigrants, legal or illegal, came here to escape.
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