Dear Editor: 

I hope this letter finds you well and safe.

With Blizzard Jonas in our rear view mirror, I want to take a moment to share with you the outstanding work done by our Public Works, Parks, Rescue Squad, Fire and Police Departments throughout this historic storm that produced hours of hazardous white out snow conditions while dumping an unprecedented amount of snow, nearly 30 inches on our Township in less than 24 hours.

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This team of employees and volunteers responded to this storm that brought hardship and disruption with a ferocity equal to the storm, committed to keeping our streets open and citizens safe. In particular I want to acknowledge our Public Works and Park employees, for their work on keeping our main thoroughfares open throughout the blizzard and clearing passage in over 95 percent of our side streets within 24 hours following the storm.

Township Manager Al Mirabella, DPW Director Joe Timko and I had toured the township to monitor the cleanup efforts first hand. I cannot imagine, nor do I want to think of the condition our town would have been in had it not been for the outstanding work our DPW department did clearing our streets.Their work allowed our dedicated volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department to respond without hesitation to several emergency calls, and our Police Department, our finest, to keep us safe and secure, patrolling our community throughout the storm.

In the aftermath of this historical storm much has been said and written, but seeing is believing, the mounds of snow resulting from clearing the streets was higher than most can ever recall. Clearly, it was a difficult time for many if not most, and though Mother Nature dealt us a difficult hand, our employees and volunteers valiantly met and overcame the challenge put to them.

I’ve often remarked that Scotch Plains is a great place to call home, because of its citizens, in that we share a common belief, that we are better when we care for, respect and help each other, and that was never more evident than in the aftermath of the storm and the extraordinary conditions we faced.

I saw kindness and compassion, neighbors once again helping neighbors, I saw children smiling, and heard their laughter as they played in the snow, and yes, understandably, I saw frustration and annoyance from the tangle we were in, but like our nation, I witnessed again that we as a community are truly at our best when circumstances we cannot control are their very worst.

Thank you to all who shared your kind words of support for our DPW employees, and first responders, the Police, Fire Department, and our Rescue Squad that worked double shifts and then some to open our streets and keep us safe. On behalf of the Township, let me again add a heartfelt thank you to all of them, we value your service.

Kevin Glover, Mayor
The Township Of Scotch Plains