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Christopher Schaefer 4 Congress.Com

Rank: "Jane Jacobs" Civic Points: 28,280
  • 69 First St. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    2 tires discarded on tree strip: First St., near Howard Ave
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  • 24 First Street New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    furniture discarded on tree strip (along side of Tracy garage): First St, near intersection of Hallock AVENUE
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  • 245 Hallock Avenue New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Hallock AVENUE, near entrance to rail road yard, TV discarded on tree strip
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  • 98 Second St. [Dead-End; Off Greenwich Ave.] New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    The security camera on rear of Betsy Ross School needs to be supplemented with an extra camera aimed at the Second St. dead-end, to stop the increase of illegal activity here. The school already has the security camera system; the city merely needs to add an extra camera--preferably with a min. of 4Mbps (4096kbps) of video data per second, for distance-clarity.
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  • 98 Second Street New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Pile of tires dumped at Second St. dead-end (off Greenwich Ave). The security camera on rear of Betsy Ross School needs to be supplemented with extra camera aimed at dead-end, to stop increase of illegal activity here.
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  • 80 1st St. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    There has been a HUGE pile of junk on the curb in front of 80 First St. (between Howard & Greenwich Ave) for over a week. I figured they had scheduled a bulk pickup, but after seeing the mess there for over a week, it seems that a pickup has not been scheduled, or perhaps they thought they had done so, but actually didn't. Whatever. Needs to be removed.
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  • 92 2nd St New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    2 mattresses have been dumped against the fence, at the far end of the Second Street dead-end.
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  • 90 Second St. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    When the Second St. dead-end was created to build the Betsy Ross School, it created a drainage nightmare. Although it has 2 storm-drains/catch-basins, massive amounts of debris pile up there after each major storm, such that in only ONE month the catch-basin grates are covered and there is a huge pile of trash, decomposed leaves, etc.
    About 8 years ago I finally realized that it NEVER would be swept unless I raked the mess out the day before street-sweeping, set aside large branches and anything else too big for the sweeper, then spread the rest out with rake and shovel, up to the corner of Greenwich Ave., so it can be swept up. This requires the sweeper to go over it several times to get it all--which the driver of No. 115 did just now.
    So Thanks!
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  • 422 Greenwich Ave New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Thanks to the NEIGHBORS who spearheaded the effort to get THREE speedbumps installed on Greenwich Ave! And thank you, City of #NHV for FINALLY listening to taxpayers and installing them.
    This was a grassroots effort by several folks who live on Greenwich Ave. For their privacy, I’m not mentioning names, but all of us who live on or near Greenwich Ave. thank you!
    (Speedbump pictured is between Second & Third Streets.)
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  • 39 2nd St New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Ornamental plum on tree strip in front of 39 Second St. (near Hallock AVENUE) is completely dead; needs to be removed.
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  • 297 Hallock Avenue New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Abandoned vehicle on Hallock AVENUE, across from 296 Hallock AVE, near intersection of Lamberton St.
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  • 273 Hallock Avenue New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Tires etc. dumped on sidewalk; 273 Hallock AVE, near First Street intersection; along rail-road wall
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  • 227 Howard Ave. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Down street sign and liquor bottles in front off 227 Howard ave. (near corner of Third St.) People hanging out all hours, drinking, drugging and throwing trash on the street side for the tree. Police cruiser needs to park here frequently during the evening and night.
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  • 90 Second St. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    At Second Street dead-end (off Greenwich Ave): junked older Volvo station-wagon, no marker plates, filled with junked car batteries
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  • 76 Second Street New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Very large and deep pothole in front of 76 Second Street. This has been cold-patched numerous times, such repairs lasting a few days, at most. Needs more cold patch--and need repaving of this block of Second Street next spring.
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  • 165 Church Street New Haven, Connecticut - Town_Green
    When recycling was rolled out, it actually was profitable for the city to sell recyclable materials. HOWEVER, the New York Times article linked below suggests that, with the steep decline in oil prices, it no longer is profitable: “Despite decades of exhortations and mandates, it’s still typically more expensive for municipalities to recycle household waste than to send it to a landfill” [or trash-to-energy plant].
    The article also provides evidence that, at least currently, recycling contributes little to reducing carbon emissions: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/opinion/sunday/the-reign-of-recycling.html?_r=2
    MOVING BEYOND THE THEORETICAL, what is OUR current cost-to-expense data for New Haven’s Public Works? Will the city currently save money by processing everything as trash?
    If this currently is the case, I’m NOT suggesting that we do away with recycling, since it ‘possibly’ will be profitable in the future. However, I assume taxpayers would like to know if our tax dollars are being wasted for a “cause” that has no current benefit—financially or environmentally.
    Could Public Works please provide a breakdown:
    • current cost to dispose of trash,
    • current cost to dispose of recyclables (including extra personnel needed).
    Thanks.
    Christopher Schaefer
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  • 371 Greenwich Ave. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    Storm drain nearest fire hydrant, at intersection of Greenwich Ave. & Second Street is completely clogged. (Nearest address = 375 Greenwich Ave.) As you can see in attached photo, drain across street works fine; also drain hidden by garbage toters on left of photo (at 86 Second St.) works fine.
    During heavy downpours, this intersection completely floods because of this one non-functioning drain next to fire hydrant. When water finally clears, there is nothing on the catch basin grate, and the catch basin does not have much junk in it
    --so the clog is INSIDE the sewer pipe.
    In the past, the clog has been located approximately under the manhole in the Second Street crosswalk:
    i.e. the pipe that goes between the drain near the fire hydrant at 375 Greenwich and the drain in front of 86 Second Street (hidden by the toters in photo).
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  • 89 1st St. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    2 tires & a child-size mattress have been dumped on the curb: First St. near Greenwich Av
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  • 491 Ella T. Grasso Blvd New Haven, Connecticut - Hill
    A deer carcass is partially blocking a lane on the Boulevard, near the intersection of Adeline Street.
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  • 375 Greenwich Ave. New Haven, Connecticut 06519 - City Point
    A large branch was knocked down by a truck a week ago, then moved to the tree strip.
    Now ADDITIONAL branches, etc. have been added, creating a huge pile that threatens to cover the corner fire hydrant.
    Needs to be removed ASAP
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