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Mayor Updates Residents on Afternoon of Storm

The Alternative Press Staff

Thursday, February 13, 2014 • 4:04pm

SUMMIT, NJ - As the 11th winter storm of the season has dumped over 12 inches of snow and created extremely difficult conditions for snow cleanup and travel, Mayor Ellen Dickson is asking residents to please be advised of the following:

•       Trash collection has been suspended.  Areas of the garbage route not picked up today will be picked up tomorrow Friday, 2/14.  Streets that will be picked up on Friday are listed on the City of Summit website in the news feed.

•       Recycling pickup has been rescheduled for Friday, 2/14.  Residents are asked to place recycling at the curb later this evening or very early tomorrow morning.

•       The Transfer Station is closed.

•       Most downtown stores are closed today. Some restaurants are open but please call ahead before venturing out.

Public Works has been mobilized and every Summit truck is out plowing.  The priority is to clear main arterial roads for emergency responders.  We ask your patience if your street has not been cleared yet.

The Summit Police Department has issued an alert requesting removal of all parked vehicles from roadways to facilitate plowing.  All vehicles should be moved to a City parking garage.  Vehicles left on City streets are subject to ticketing and towing at the owner's expense.  There is no parking on City streets when snow covered by City ordinance 7-8.3a.

All Department of Community Programs (DCP) activities and programs are cancelled for today, including the Senior Connections bus.  Please visit the City website or call the DCP on Friday morning for updated information on Friday’s schedule.  Department of Community Programs staffers remind young residents:  Don’t forget to build a snowman for our big Facebook contest.

The Board of Education has not made a decision about when or if public schools will be open on February 14.  When schools do reopen, it is important to consider carpooling with neighbors or friends.  With the amount of snow we received, access to crosswalks and sidewalks at schools may be limited.  Drop-off and pick-up times will be a challenge.  Carpooling will help to increase safety for all students.

Right now, there are no power outages being reported in Summit.  If your power/gas does goes out the numbers for reporting outages are:

•       JCPL 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877)

•       PSE&G 1-800-436-PSEG

As always, please do not assume that your neighbor has called the outages in or that the power company knows of the outages.  The way to get your power restored is to make the call.

This storm has caused downed wires in other parts of the country.  The Summit Fire Department urges residents to use caution around downed wires.  Downed wires are a hazard.  Please report them immediately by dialing 911.

Please do not call 911 if you do not have a life-threatening emergency.

•       The police non-emergency is number is 908-273-0051

Snow accumulation is substantial and there is sleet and additional snow forecast for later today/tonight. Exercise caution when shoveling. Please follow these guidelines for snow removal:

•       Stay home and avoid travel if at all possible.

•       Keep cars parked in driveways and 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, and around storm drains

•       Contact Beth Kinney Director of Community Services at bkinney@cityofsummit.org with any storm cleanup-related inquiries or contact DCS at 908-273-6404.

Please check http://cityofsummit.org regularly for updates and information.  The City also utilizes facebook and twitter and posts often.

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