February 5, 2014 at 7:53 PM
SUMMIT, NJ - Mayor Ellen Dickson has issued a statement pertaining to snow / ice removal, and asks residents for their cooperation in assisting the Deparment of Public Works' efforts. The statement is as follows:
Yesterday’s storm deposited an additional six inches of snow and ice on streets that were already packed with eight inches of snow from Monday’s storm. The mixture of ice and snow is extremely dense, heavy, and difficult to plow from streets.
The Division of Public Works has a strategy in place to effectively clear streets before things start to freeze later this evening. Workers are plowing from “curb to curb” to remove as much snow and slush from the roadways as possible. This means that some snow will be pushed into driveways during plowing. The City recognizes that this is an inconvenience for homeowners and asks for your patience. We need to continue to clear from “curb to curb” to prevent the narrowing of roadways and the creation of potentially unsafe conditions for emergency responders, pedestrians and motorists.
Further, some contractors are creating hazards by plowing into the streets. Please clear driveways and sidewalks onto your property and off the curbs.
DPW has a few suggestions on the best way to minimize clearing work for homeowners:
• Please keep cars parked off-streets
• Shovel snow to the right of your driveway so plows can move it easily
• Considering waiting to shovel the last 5 to 10 feet of your driveway until snowfall has ceased and your street has been plowed from curb to curb
• Do not shovel or blow snow into streets
• Clear fire hydrants to allow for emergency access
Thank you for your attention.