Thursday, January 21, 2016

Snow Storm Reminders Issued by Township Administrator

"Due to the possible impending snow storm, we would like to remind you of some important dos and don'ts:
*DO NOT travel during the storm unless absolutely necessary! Snow plowing is a time consuming operation, which is made more difficult with vehicles on the roadway.  If you must be on the roadways, DO NOT follow too closely or pass plow trucks. Be aware of trucks turning around or backing up during snow clearing of intersections.
*DO NOT park on the roadways if possible.  Please utilize ALL OFF-STREET PARKING if it is available. This allows our drivers to plow curb to curb.
*DO NOT shovel or blow snow into the street! This includes shoveling out vehicles from the roadway.  All snow is to be shoveled back behind the curbline.  While we understand the perception that the plows will simply remove the snow put in the street, the reality is that it actually creates hazardous road conditions.  Any individual found to be shoveling or blowing snow into the street will receive a summons for Municipal Court from the Police Department, NO EXCEPTIONS!
DO clear your sidewalks and driveway aprons.  Sidewalks MUST be cleared of snow within 24 hours of the conclusion of the storm event.  When removing snow from the driveway, place the snow to the left of your driveway apron (when looking at your home).  Driveways or parking spots, which are cleared immediately after a storm and before the roadways are fully plowed, MAY BE PLOWED BACK IN! It is not the Township's responsibility to reopen driveways.
DO clear the area around fire hydrants.  If you have a fire hydrant located on your property, shovel the snow away from it, so that firefighters can quickly locate it in an emergency!
DO mark out property lines if there is no curbing on your property.  Sometimes, on uncurbed streets, lawns may be damaged from plowing, if not marked properly.  The Township will not reimburse property owners for damage sustained on your property if it is not marked properly.
The Township road crew consists of two (2) full-time employees and three (3) part-time employees, and is assisted by the Authority during snow events. Depending on the amount and severity of a snowstorm, it may take the road crew four to eight hours after the snow ends to complete the plowing/salting of the roads. Curb to curb plowing requires two to three passes per side on most streets.  Please be patient!  The order of snow plowing streets is as follows: main roads, secondary roads, side streets, and finally, public lots and sidewalks.
Should you have any questions, please contact 856-461-1460 x4, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and leave a message if necessary.  Thank you for your cooperation.  Stay safe!"

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