Sanitation department stops garbage pickup in front of Parkway Drive homes in Baldwin due to potholes
Some Baldwin residents are frustrated with a decision by their sanitation department to stop garbage pickup in front of their homes.
Neighbors received a note from Sanitary District Two that they are halting garbage pickup in front of their homes on Parkway Drive because of two potholes in the private section of the roadway. The department says the potholes make it dangerous for its workers and garbage trucks to drive on.
"I'm paying taxes the same as anybody else living on this street, but now I'm not getting garbage pickup," said Lee Rogers. "I'm not having the road taken care of."
The sanitation problem is creating urgency to the residents' ongoing battle with the Town of Hempstead to fix the section of Parkway Drive.
Ali Bardeguez says the potholes make it dangerous for her and her neighbors, UPS, FedEx, USPS and the gas main in the street.
"When we did closing on the house, we had just about everybody there - lawyers and real estate - and it was never disclosed," Bardeguez said.
The town issued a statement saying in part, "The southernmost portion of Parkway Drive in Baldwin is a private road, not a town road. Therefore, the maintenance, replacement and repairs of the roadway are the sole responsibility of those property owners."
Neighbors, however, say it's a financial burden that they can't pay for.
They now will have to haul their garbage cans to the northside of the street for pickup until the issue is resolved.
Bardeguez says she and her neighbors are considering legal action against the town.