Director of Public Works:
Dwight Ryniewicz, Director
The Public Works Department provides the residents of Vernon with a wide range of services of which the demand grows each year due to steady residential and commercial development.
The Director oversees the Public Works Department with a Lead Road Foreman, two Road Foremen, a Refuse & Recycling Supervisor and a Vehicle & Equipment Supervisor who supervise 34 employees. He is also responsible for the management of maintenance in most town-owned buildings and supervises two Maintainers and a Custodian in that effort. Under an agreement with Vernon Public Schools, the Director manages maintenance for the school district as well and oversees six skilled Maintainers along with the Supervisor of School Facilities and Special Projects who supervises 25 Custodians.
One of the Road Foremen also serves as the Town Tree Warden and oversees problems that involve town-owned trees in addition to supervising the trimming, care and removal of trees throughout our town. New trees are planted each year.
Three Administrative Assistants staff the Public Works Office.
The maintenance and repair of approximately 125 miles of town-owned roads, the maintenance and repair of all storm sewers on town-owned roads and rights-of-way, refuse and recycling collection, all traffic line painting and street sign maintenance, snow and ice removal, bridge inspection and maintenance, and the general maintenance of 25 town-owned buildings and properties are just a few of the many priorities for which the Public Works Department is responsible.
The Department also provides several special services for the residents such as the year round scheduled bulky waste pickup, the spring sweeping program, and fall leaf collection. Another service that most residents are unaware of is that the Public Works Department is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for all department related emergencies such as blocked storm sewers, flooding during rain storms, road related problems and assisting the Police and Fire Departments during their emergencies.
Every year the Public Works Department handles almost 30,000 phone calls including emergencies, educating the public about our programs, and addressing resident concerns.
As a community service, the Public Works Department plays an active role in assisting various local organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and various beautification programs, school groups and social groups
Additional refuse and recycling carts may be purchased for $95 each. Mail a check payable to the Town of Vernon to the Public Works Department, 375 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066. Don't forget to include your contact information and the address where the cart is to be delivered.
If the aerosol can is empty or contains a non-hazardous substance such as cooking spray, it may be placed in your recycling container. If the can contained a hazardous waste such as spray paint and is empty, place in your refuse can or cart. If aerosol can is not empty, it may be disposed of at one of the hazardous waste collections.
Antifreeze and waste motor oil will be accepted at the Transfer Station free of charge (permit & punchcard not required). The Transfer Station is located on Hockanum Boulevard (off Rt. 83 and across from Spare Time Bowling) and is open Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 am-4 pm and Sundays 12 noon-4 pm.
Ashes from coal or wood stoves will not be collected curbside. These may be disposed of at the Public Works Garage located at 383 Hartford Turnpike (Rt. 30). The ash dumpster is outside the fence near the front gate and is easily accessible at all times.
AUTOMATED CARTS - Frequently Asked Questions
All soft and hardcover books as well as DVDs, VHS tapes and cassettes may now be recycled. A collection container is located at the Transfer Station. If possible, please box your books, etc. as boxes are stacked within the container. The Transfer Station is located on Hockanum Boulevard (off Rt. 83 and across from Spare Time Bowling) and is open Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 am-4 pm and Sundays 12 noon-4 pm. A permit and punchcard are not required for this.
Alkaline or household batteries may be disposed of with regular household refuse.
Rechargeable or NiCad batteries may be disposed of at either one of our Hazardous Waste Collection Dates or at Home Depot, Radio Shack or Sears Hardware.
Lead acid batteries (automotive, marine, lawn & garden) will be accepted at the Transfer Station free of charge (permit & punchcard are not required). The Transfer Station is located on Hockanum Boulevard (off Rt. 83 and across from Spare Time Bowling) and is open Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 am-4 pm and Sundays 12 noon-4 pm.
BURNABLE ITEM DROP-OFF DATES
CALENDAR - REFUSE & RECYCLING
Cardboard is recyclable. It is important that it be cut up small enough so that it does not create a jam in the recycling cart. A jam could result in your cart not being completely emptied. Large amounts of cardboard may be disposed of at the Transfer Station, located on Hockanum Boulevard (off Rt. 83 and across from Spare Time Bowling). Hours of operation are Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 am-4 pm and Sundays 12 noon-4 pm. Permit and punchcard not required for disposal of cardboard.
CASHO is the Connecticut Association of Street & Highway Officials, Inc. The CASHO Magazine, Highways & Byways, is published semi-annually to an audience of 1000+ Directors, Administrators, Presidents and decision making professionals. Each issue is packed with informative articles on the latest trends in construction and maintenance of highways, streets and road infrastructure as well as upcoming CASHO event dates and highlights of CASHO events. Below are two articles from Highways & Byways highlighting the Town of Vernon’s Public Works Department: 1) Vernon feature, 2) 2010 Snow Plow Roadeo
CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL
CREOC RESIDENT MANIFEST FORM
Refuse and recycling collection hours will be 6 am-2:30 pm year round. Refuse and recycling must be placed to the curb no later than 6 am on collection day and no more than 24 hours in advance.
Animal carcasses/feces must be disposed of on site and at least 75 feet from private wells. Cannot be disposed of with refuse.
Fire extinguishers, once emptied, should be treated like metal items. They may be disposed free of charge (permit & punchcard are not required) at the Transfer Station.To empty, expel contents into a plastic garbage bag and place that bag in tan refuse container. The extinguisher itself cannot be disposed of in the tan refuse cart.
Fluorescent tubes and household compact fluorescent lightbulbs may be disposed of free of charge (permit & punchcard not required) at the Transfer Station located on Hockanum Boulevard.
Freon units (air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers) may be disposed of at the Transfer Station or by scheduling a Weekly Paid Bulk Pickup. A permit and punchcard are required for disposal of freon units; punchcard will receive 3 punches per freon unit. Call the Public Works Office at 860-870-3500 for more information or to schedule a paid bulk pickup.
HAZARDOUS WASTE ITEMS ACCEPTABLE\UNACCEPTABLE
HOLIDAY REFUSE & RECYCLING COLLECTION
LEAF COLLECTION PROGRAM - BAGGED LEAF PICKUP
LEAF COLLECTION PROGRAM - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
LEAF COLLECTION PROGRAM - STREET LISTINGS
MATTRESSES & BOXSPRINGS
This is available at the Transfer Station to Vernon residents free of charge (permit & punchcard not required). Proof of residency is required. In addition, the Public Works Department will deliver 4 cubic yards of mulch (if available) for $60. Please call the office at 860-870-3500 for more information.
Place sharps in opaque plastic container (such as a laundry detergent container). Seal container with original lid and wrap with duct tape. Label the container "Do Not Recycle" and place in refuse cart.
Phone books may now be recycled. Place in either the blue recycling cart or the orange recycling bin. In addition, a collection container is located in front of the Public Works Garages at 375 Hartford Turnpike.
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Announcements are sent to the local newspapers (the Journal Inquirer and the Reminder News) and the public access cable television station for publication several days in advance. Please check these sources for needed information. A storm-related refuse change is unusual and would be announced on the local radio station – WTIC-AM 1080.
RECYCLING - QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE
TRANSFER STATION - Holiday Closings
TRANSFER STATION - Permit & Punchcard Not Required
UNWANTED MEDICATION DISPOSAL
A collection container is located in front of the Public Works Garages at 375 Hartford Turnpike.
WEEKLY PAID PICKUPS
WINTER SNOW STORM INFORMATION
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