The North Bergen Department of Public Works battled the terrain of the second hilliest municipality in the country, tight streets lined with cars, a regional salt shortage and one of the harshest winters in recent memory over the past few months. Through it all, North Bergen’s streets have been as clean and safe as possible and often have been right down to the black. In order to shed some light on the inner workings of the department and to show what really goes into New Jersey’s premiere snow removal operation, Mayor Nick Sacco commissioned a short film called “North Bergen DPW — Riders of the Storm.”
“No one does snow removal like North Bergen does,” said Mayor Sacco. “We have invested in our DPW by giving it the best possible equipment and techniques, a robust workforce and strong management and leadership. The results are clear whenever it snows and this year has reminded all of us just how important this work is.”
“North Bergen DPW — Riders on the Storm” starts with an emergency meeting before an expected major snow storm on February 13th. Mayor Sacco and Township Administrator Chris Pianese address the gathering, which includes representatives from the DPW, North Bergen Police Department, Parks and Recreation, Parking Authority, Health Department, North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue and more. Mayor Sacco is shown alerting the public to the situation by sending out a reverse 911 call to residents. The film then follows DPW Superintendent John Shaw and his employees as they do battle with the snow and work to keep the streets clean in the face of a blizzard and a major rock salt shortage. At the end the DPW and North Bergen leadership is thanked by grateful citizens who are able to travel safely in the township.
“The North Bergen DPW functions so well not just because of the leadership at the top, but because of the dedication and determination of each and every employee,” said Public Works Commissioner Frank Gargiulo. “They have done an incredible job this winter and they deserve to be celebrated.”