Dear Editor:

We all know February is the shortest month of the year, but it is really packing a wallop.

We welcomed the month with 17 inches of snow. Additional storms brought more snow and ice, which was plenty of fun for those sledding down the hill at Kramer Park. But there were plenty of challenges for our hard-working DPW staff.  And with weather forecasts showing even more bad weather on the horizon, it may take until mid-March to clearly see our streets and sidewalks again.

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There are plenty of accolades to go around as we navigate this difficult winter.   I want to thank Department of Public Works Director Frank Dinizo, Deputy Director Todd Sharp, mechanic Tyler Ruane and all the men and women at DPW who worked overtime to clear our streets.  I am also grateful that our emergency services, including our Rescue Squad, Fire and Police Departments, maintained services throughout the storms.

Snow removal is not easy on many of our residential streets, especially cul de sacs or narrow streets with parked cars.  So, please, when you hear of snow, take your parked cars and basketball hoops off the streets so the plows may do their job. We are reviewing our agreements with subcontractors to ensure we remain fully staffed with plow drivers as we look to prepare for the final blasts of winter. (Hopefully.)

In the meantime, our town’s website has been updated, so you can report any hazardous conditions at www.scotchplainsnj.gov/departments/public-safety/snow/. Please be mindful that commenting on Facebook, even in its centralized town pages, may not reach the attention of our town manager, DPW, etc. I recommend you go right to the source.

Stay safe, Scotch Plains.

Mayor Josh Losardo