Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Parks wants you to waste time calling 311
From CBS New York:
A Queens woman says she is stumped by the city Parks Department.
Janice Derr made a detailed list of tree troubles in her neighborhood, but when she sent it to the department they said ‘no thanks.’
“I try to make it pretty because this is a corner house,” she told CBS 2′s Tony Aiello, “I paint the mailboxes when there’s graffiti on them, I pick up garbage, I try to be a good citizen to keep my community alive and healthy and attractive.”
A few weeks ago Derr took a drive through her Queens Village neighborhood and noted a number of tree stumps on city property that were waiting to be removed by the Parks Department.
Derr made a detailed survey that listed the specific tree troubles at 69 different addresses. She sent the list to the Parks Department and asked State Senator Tony Avella to follow-up.
“She did all the work. How dare a city agency tell her and me, ‘we’re not accepting this,’” Avella said.
In a letter, the department said that she would have to address each and very issue with a 311 call.
Due to budget cuts the backlog of stumps to be removed is estimated at more than 10,000.