Rabies Advisement

A fox that was submitted for rabies testing on November 4, 2015 has tested positive for rabies. The fox was in the vicinity of 41 Thunderhead Drive in Medford Township, NJ.

The Burlington County Health Department has identified one (1) person who may have been exposed to this fox.

The Health Department is asking for your cooperation in this matter.

1. If you have been scratched or bitten by wild life animals or stray cats or dogs in this neighborhood in the last month, please contact the Burlington County Health Department.

2. Check the status of your pets’ rabies vaccine. Have your pet receive a rabies booster if it spends time outdoors, outside of your supervision and has not received its latest rabies shot within the last 3 months.

3. Avoid all wild animals – especially bats, skunks, foxes, cats and raccoons.

Rabies is a fatal viral disease that affects the brain. The rabies virus lives in the saliva (spit) of infected animals and is spread from a bite or when saliva from an infected animal touches broken skin, open wounds or the lining of the mouth, nose, or eyes. Rabies in certain animals-especially wildlife-is common in New Jersey.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Frank Okyere at (609) 265-5531.

For additional information, on rabies see: http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/.

KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE FROM STRAY AND WILD ANIMALS

2015 Leaf Collection Program

Leaf Collection begins on October 26th. Each Zone will be collected twice. The collection schedule is as follows:
Zone 1 – Weeks of October 26th and November 30th
Zone 2 – Weeks of November 2nd and December 7th
Zone 3 – Weeks of November 9th and December 14th
Zone 4 – Weeks of November 16th and December 21st
Zone 5 – Weeks of November 23rd and December 28th
If you are unsure what Zone you reside in, please use this link on the Township website: http://www.medfordtownship.com/filestorage/233/251/Medford_Leaf_and_Brush_Collection_Map.pdf

Leaves will be collected on each street one time during the scheduled collection weeks. Every attempt will be made to collect residents’ leaves during the scheduled collection week. However, the volume of leaves in any given area may create delays in collection.

Residents should remember the following policies when placing leaves at the street for collection:
Leaves should be placed curbside by the Monday of the scheduled collection week.
Leaves should not be placed in the street or within ten (10) feet of a storm drain.
Leaves should be free of sticks, branches, trash, or debris.
Leaves should be placed in enclosures or in rows no wider than 8 feet. The leaf vacuum hose will extend 8-10 feet from the roadway.
Leaves located further than 12 feet from the edge of the road WILL NOT be collected.
Residents who hire a contractor for leaf cleanup or removal will be responsible for disposal. The Township WILL NOT collect leaves placed curbside by contractors.
The Township cannot pick up excessive amounts of leaves placed at the street for collection as a result of entire wooded lot cleanups.

In the past, the Township has encountered delays with leaf collection due to non-compliance with Township requirements, which impacts the Department’s ability to deliver prompt and efficient service. Residents that do not follow the above procedures are reminded that leaves will not be picked up. The full provisions of Ordinance 82-D can be found on the website utilizing the “Council and Manager” link to Administrative Codes.

In a continuing effort to service residents wishing to dispose of leaves outside of this schedule, the Township Garage/Yard/Dump will accept leaves daily from 7am until 2pm. Residents must provide proof of residency to gain access to the drop-off point. Absolutely no contractors will be permitted to drop off any items. Residents arriving at the drop-off area in a commercial vehicle will be asked to sign a form stating that all materials are from their personal residence and not commercially generated items.

Residents are reminded that both Leaf & Brush collection may be hindered due to the following unforeseen circumstances. Collections will resume as problems are corrected.

Breakdowns
Recognized Holidays
Manpower Availability
Adverse Weather Conditions
Other Emergency Operations or Problems

Periodic notifications and updates on collection efforts will be announced as needed. Questions can be directed to the Department of Neighborhood Services at 609-654-6791, ext. 322.

The Township has received many inquiries regarding leaf collection. Some of the commonly asked questions include:

Q: My Zone was scheduled for collection next week but the township is collecting leaves in my Zone now. Is the posted schedule correct?

A: The Township will collect leaves in each Zone on the scheduled collection week. If time permits, a second sweep of the scheduled Zone may be completed. If crews complete the Zone before the end of the week, they may move forward into the next scheduled Zone. Depending on the volume of leaves, they may be a Zone or two ahead.

Q: I raked my yard after I saw the truck collecting in my neighborhood. The truck never came back to get my leaves. When will they come back to collect my leaves?

A: Residents should have their leaves placed at the street for collection by Monday morning of the scheduled collection week. If time permits, a second sweep of the scheduled Zone may be completed. Due to the volume of leaves in any Zone, crews may not return for a second sweep during the scheduled week. Every effort will be made to collect all leaves placed curbside on the scheduled collection week. If for some reason crews do not get to your street due to volume in any given Zone, we will make an effort to come back when time permits.

Q: Will signs be placed in my neighborhood indicating a scheduled collection?

A: No. We utilize several methods to notify residents of scheduled collections. The collection schedule was distributed with the Tax bills in early summer, is posted on our website and Facebook page, and various alerts are distributed through Nixle and email blasts.

Q: My leaves were placed at the street for collection but were not picked up. Why did they skip my leaves?

A: Leaves may not be collected for several reasons. If your leaf pile contains branches, tree limbs, sticks, trash, or debris, crews will NOT collect your leaves. Leaves containing sticks, branches, trash and debris clog the machine, and create unnecessary delays. Trying to vacuum leaves with sticks and debris mixed in is similar to trying to pick up a pencil with a household vacuum. If your leaf pile is left behind, make sure your leaves are free of any foreign material. Leaves may also be left behind if they cannot be reached with the suction tube. Leaves located more than twelve (12) feet off the roadway will NOT be collected. Drivers will not take the truck off the roadway to collect residents’ leaves. Crews will record your address and place a notification on your door if a problem exists and your leaves could not be collected.

REMINDERS

1. Inclement weather including heavy rain, snow, or ice will affect leaf collection operations. When experiencing a snow event, leaves will NOT be collected. Our personnel move into winter weather operations whenever snow or ice is predicted.

2. The volume of leaves in any given area will slow our crews considerably. Residents with heavily wooded lots who remove leaves from every square inch of their property place excessive amounts of leaves at the street for collection. This will create substantial delays. Unreasonable amounts of leaves placed curbside by residents may not be collected, at the discretion of the Township.

3. Contractors hired by residents to perform leaf cleanups must dispose of the leaves at the contractor’s expense. The Township will NOT collect leaves placed at the street by contractors.

Additional information including collection schedules can be found on the Township website at www.medfordtownship.com/neighborhoodservices