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Snow, Garbage, Recycling and DPW Updates

Jackie Schatell

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 • 7:49pm

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Another Winter Storm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service, just one day after Mother Nature dumped over 8 inches of snow in Livingston. The warning calls for snow to begin falling on Wednesday, Feb. 5 around midnight, with possible snow accumulations of 4-8 inches. The warning is in effect from midnight to 6 p.m. on Feb. 5.

The wintry weather is expected to continue through Wednesday morning, with snow, freezing rain and sleet before noon; freezing rain and sleet between noon and 3 p.m., and snow and freezing rain after 3 p.m., with possible accumulations of 1-3 inches.

The Livingston Department of Public Works has been working non-stop to plow and de-ice the 100 miles of West Orange roads.  If residents have not had their roads plowed, they can contact the Department of Public Works at 973-992-5000 ext: #5522  

Livingston TAP will provide any updates regarding weather-related closures and delays as they become available.

DPW trucks have been working hard

During the last storm, the DPW trucks were on the roads salting beginning at 4:00 a.m. Trucks began plowing main roads starting at 10:30 a.m. Beginning at 12:00 noon, the full complement of DPW trucks began plowing all Township roads.

In light of the upcoming storm, they have asked residents to keep parked cars off of the street so plows can clear roadways from curb to curb.

The DPW is continually monitoring storm and road conditions to ensure taking appropriate action at the correct times for tonight’s storm.

Snow and Ice Reminders

From the Livingston Township Website: With the excessive cold weather and the additional snow and ice expected, residents and property owners should remember the following:

  • Dig out any fire hydrants on your property. Residents are asked to dig out a 3′ clearance around all hydrants so firefighters can access them in case of emergencies. Anyone not able to dig out their own hydrants can call 973-992-5000 ext. #5522 for assistance.
  • Park cars off of streets to allow curb-to-curb plowing. This prevents cars being plowed in and allows plows to clear streets completely and safely. In extreme snow situations, cars may be towed.
  • Dig out any nearby sewer grates, if possible. Once snow starts to melt, cleared grates will provide a proper drainage outlet to help prevent flooding.
  • Recycling will be picked up as weather and road conditions allow. If resident recycling is not picked up on the assigned day, it will typically be picked up the next day.
  • Garbage will be picked up as weather and road conditions allow. If resident garbage is not picked up on the assigned day, collection will be done on the resident’s next regularly scheduled day.
  • Up-to-date information will continue to be posted on the Township web site.

Snow and Ice Removal Ordinances

  • Do not plow, shovel or blow snow into the street. Ordinance 274-6 states that residents and their contractors must keep their snow off of Township streets.
  • Clear snow and ice from sidewalks. Ordinance 274-6 states that the owner, occupant or tenant of a property is responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks. Removal must be done within 12 hours of daylight following the end of snowfall.
  • Remove snow and ice from handicapped parking spaces. Ordinance 274-11 states that property owners must remove snow and ice from Handicapped Parking Spaces within 48 hours of the end of snowfall.
  • Please note that the Livingston Township Police may issue summonses to any property owner who does not comply with the above Ordinances.

New Jersey State Law

  • Clear the snow off of your car before driving. Snow flying off of cars while being driven poses a serious potential danger to other drivers. New Jersey State law states that snow must be cleared off of the roof of a vehicle prior to driving.
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