County will take over having Deer Carcasses removed for Municipalities The State ended the practice of picking up deer carcasses on October 1st – the County will handle the service for its local governments
(Woodbury, NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Deputy Director Bob Damminger said that the county has issued a bid seeking proposals from vendors to pick up deer carcasses from county roads and from all the county’s 24 municipalities’ roads.
“Last year there were 429 deer carcasses that were removed from county and local roads by the state, and this year the state has taken the deer removal money out of the budget,” said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. “Neither the county or the municipalities has budgeted for this extra cost, however we have received numerous requests from our local government officials for help with this issue,” Sweeney said.
On October 1st the state ended their practice of picking up deer carcasses from any other roadways beyond state roads.
Freeholder Deputy Director Damminger, liaison to the Department of Public Works, said, “We know from our experience that when the county can assist municipal governments by providing a service we achieve the greatest efficiencies for the taxpayers.”
“By the county funding the deer carcass removal program we can help our local governments from experiencing a cost they did not budget for,” stated Damminger. “If the state is going to ‘buck’ this responsibility, then the county will step up to the plate and fund it. We are leaders in regionalization and shared services, and it would be ludicrous to have 24 towns all going out to bid for this service, it would cost a fortune just in administrative paperwork alone,” Damminger stated.
South Harrison Township Mayor Jim McCall said that the state’s elimination of the removal program places a large financial and manpower burden on his municipality.
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“As a mayor I am grateful that the county is stepping in to assist us with this issue. We didn’t allow for deer removal in our budget this year because we had no warning that the state wouldn’t continue to provide the service. We have been forced to use our public works department to remove deer carcasses over the past few weeks,” Mayor McCall said. “Some days we can have as many as three deer to remove, which may not sound like a lot, but it adds up with the disposal costs and having to divert manpower from projects they are already working on,” stated McCall.
The county’s bid is due back on November 1st and is anticipated to be issued as a two year contract for the service. The service would be to remove deer carcasses from county and municipal roads, not private property.