Updated at 5:05 p.m.

Town police issued 130 tickets for violations of snow parking rules Feb. 1 – 2.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Over the weekend, public works employees trucked away massive piles of snow that had accumulated in the downtown from multiple storms that battered Westfield.

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Public Works Director Greg O’Neil estimated that crews cleared 10,000 cubic yards of snow in two nights.

“Between all the production staff and supervisory staff, they just did a tremendous job,” O’Neil said. “It was a big effort. It is a night operation so there is a danger factor to it, and everyone handled it well.”

Using front end loaders, he said, they piled the snow into a dump truck and hauled it to the town’s Conservation Center. Now, yet another storm is headed Westfield’s way.

The National Weather Service is predicting 5 to 9 inches of snowfall between 4 a.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday.

O'Neil reminded the public that drivers must remove their cars from streets when 3 or more inches of snow have fallen, or face tickets.

“It aides us in being able to get curb-to-curb with our plowing operations,” O’Neil said. “Therefore, we can get the biggest pieces of equipment from the office of emergency management down the roads safely.”

Under town ordinance, drivers who violate snow parking rules may face a $150 ticket and can be liable for the cost of having their vehicle towed.

In a storm that dropped nearly 20 inches of snow Feb. 1, police issued over 130 tickets to parkers who violated snow parking rules, according to Town Administrator Jim Gildea.

“Hopefully, in future storms we’ll have better compliance,” Gildea told the town council last week.

Police are also enforcing the town’s requirement that property owners clear their sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall, he said.

Prior to issuing summonses, Gildea said, police have been knocking on doors and advising residents they must get their walks cleared.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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