HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Residents are reminded to move their cars from township roadways to allow plows to keep the roads clear during Wednesday’s Nor'easter and its aftermath.
Residents are also reminded that a township ordinance prohibits parking on snow covered roads. Use off-street parking as an alternative. Vehicles are subject to summonses and the potential of being towed at the owner's expense.
It is necessary to have the streets accessible and free from vehicles parked on the side to allow for the plows to complete their work.
Parking prohibitions shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a State of Emergency Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of the powerful storm, which is predicted to dump as much as a foot of snow across central New Jersey.
Hillsborough Township's schools are closed Wednesday, and all after-school activities have been cancelled.
Raritan Valley Community College will be closed; all classes and campus events have been cancelled.
The Hillsborough Office of Emergency Management conducted a storm preparedness meeting Tuesday afternoon with essential emergency personnel, Police, Fire, and EMS. Township Administration, School Administration and the Library Area Manager were also in attendance to review the mobilization plan.
The Hillsborough Township Library at the municipal complex, 379 South Branch Road, will be open from 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. as a Warming Center as needed for those who may lose electricity and heat during the storm.
Other municipalities in Somerset County will offer warming centers at various locations during regular business hours on Wednesday and beyond as needed.
Visit http://bit.ly/2018Warming for a list of those warming centers, locations and hours of operation. Residents should call the facility or municipality first to verify if the building is open. For a list of locations with telephone numbers, visit https://www.nj211.org/nj-warming-centers#Somerset
The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management activated its Code Blue Plan on Monday, March 5, in anticipation of the storm. It will remain in effect until further notice.
The Code Blue Plan provides a framework for coordinating the efforts of the county Department of Public Health and Safety, Department of Human Services, Board of Social Services, municipalities and other organizations that provide services to the homeless and at-risk individuals to reduce the health risks that may be experienced by the homeless population during extreme cold.
The following senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services will be closed Wednesday: Hillsborough, Montgomery, Quail Brook, Warrenbrook and the Senior Wellness Centers in Bernards and Bridgewater.
There will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries on Wednesday.
The Office on Aging and Disability Services and the Office of Veterans Services, both located in the Department of Human Services building at 27 Warren St. in Somerville, will be closed. Clients and caregivers needing information or assistance may call 908-704-6346 or toll free 1-888-747-1122 to speak with a specialist.
Residents are also reminded that there are motor vehicle statutes that require all snow and ice to be cleared from a vehicle before operating said vehicle on the roadway. This is to avoid flying ice and snow, which can potentially cause visibility problems for other drivers.
Snow should not be shoveled, thrown nor deposited in the roadway from sidewalks and driveways. When clearing sidewalks and driveways, please pile snow on the side of the driveway and do not throw it in the street.
In the event you experience a loss of power, please contact your power company directly and report the outage. Do not assume that the outage has already been reported. JCP&L: 888-544-4877 and PSE&G 800-436-7734.
· Do not touch or attempt to move downed power lines.
· Do not operate generators inside your residence nor your garage; use only outdoors.
· If you are using candles, please ensure they are not placed by any flammable material and remain attended while lit. Please extinguish candles when leaving a room.
· If using space heaters, ensure they are placed in a safe location away from flammable materials and walls.
· 911 is for Emergency use only. For non emergencies, please call 908-369-4323.
· On street parking is prohibited during the storm.
· All residents are encouraged to remain at home, but if you need to venture out, please allow extra travel time to allow for safe arrival at your destination.
· Do not place trash cans or recycling cans out until the plows have passed. If you must put them out, place them well back from the curb line so the plows or projected snow does not hit them. Remove empty cans as soon as possible.
· The Board of Adjustment and Recreation and Parks Commission meetings scheduled for Wednesday, March 7th and the Planning Board meeting for Thursday, March 8th have been canceled.
· The Public Works Department will not be distributing tickets in person for the Annual Clean Up Program on Wednesday, March 7th, however, residents will still be able to register for tickets online.
· Suburban Transit Line 200, Hillsborough/New York City Bus Service, will NOT be in operation on Wednesday, March 7th.
· All Senior Activities and Transportation are canceled for Wednesday, March 7th.
· Senior Transportation is canceled for Thursday, March 8th.
· The Senior Activity Room will open at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 8th.
· Senior Chapter B Meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 13th.
For up-to-date information on conditions and public service announcements refer to the following websites:
· Hillsborough Township Website: www.hillsborough-nj.org
· Hillsborough Office of Emergency Management Website: www.hillsboroughoem.org
· New Jersey Office of Emergency Management: www.ready.nj.gov