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Updates Related to the Impending Storm

Jackie Schatell

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • 8:30pm

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Due to anticipated weather conditions and the State of Emergency declared by the Governor, on February 13, many buildings will be closed, events are being cancelled and some are being rescheduled. The Alternative Press of Livingston will continue to keep track of these situations and welcomes updates and emails to jschatell@thealternativepress.com from residents.

CLOSED

The Livingston Library will be closed on Thurs., February 13. The online library catalog, magazine and newspaper databases, research databases, e-books, downloadable audio books and other resources will all be available from home. Log on to livingston.bccls.org or www.bccls.org to see what's available.

CANCELED

The Hillside Elementary School Valentine's Day Bash has been canceled.

RESCHEDULED

The February Chamber of Commerce Resource Breakfast that is scheduled for tomorrow morning, has been postponed to Thursday, February 20, at 8:00 a.m.

UPDATES

Recycling & Garbage Collection

The current forecast for inclement weather means possible poor road conditions. With slippery roads and the salt supplies low, please note the following regarding Recycling Collection and Garbage Collection on Thurs., February 13 and Fri., February 14.

RECYCLING:

Giordano Companies will have their trucks on the road early on Thursday morning, February 13. If road conditions prevent completion of Zone 4 pickup, pickup will be rescheduled to Fri., February 14.  Zone 5 pickup will then be rescheduled from Friday to Saturday February 15.

Residents should put out their recycling the night before their scheduled collection day regardless of the weather.

For Recycling Collection questions or concerns, call Giordano Companies Customer Service, directly at: 973-242-2250.

GARBAGE

Waste Industries plans to attempt garbage collection. If road conditions prevent pickup, garbage will then be collected on the next regularly scheduled pickup date.

For Garbage Collection questions or concerns, call Waste Industries Customer Service directly at 973-761-0009.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

From Mike Anello, Superintendent, Department of Public Works on the Township Website:

Dear Livingston Residents: The latest forecast calls for the next snow storm to begin late tonight and continue through Thursday into early Friday morning. Current predictions call for the possibility of 6-10 inches, and the snow will likely be on the wet, heavy side. At this point we’re all a little “snow weary,” but if we work together, we’ll get through it.

With that in mind, one of the essential tasks of getting through the storm is the plowing. There are over 400 roads in Livingston; the DPW will work to get ALL our roads free of snow as quickly as possible. They will also do their best to keep roads from becoming narrow from the accumulated snow that is plowed.

Please understand that plowing roads well requires at least 4 – 6 passes on each road. The plows will try to go slowly, but they do need to get all that wet snow over the existing snow piles. So, you can anticipate repetitive plowing and at a rate of speed high enough to give the plows the momentum needed to move the heavy snow and clear the roads. It’s a difficult job for the DPW and a difficult situation for all of us. While things don’t always go exactly as we would like, the DPW and our town personnel are trying very hard to make the result as good as possible.

In order to get the roads cleared as quickly and completely as possible, cars must be off all streets. So, parking on Township streets will not be allowed for the duration of the storm and as long as the DPW is actively plowing. The DPW has been instructed to contact the police if they find any vehicles that interfere with plowing, and those cars may be towed.

Finally, remember that access to fire hydrants is important to the fire department and to homeowners. If there is a fire hydrant near your house, please shovel it out!  If you’re not able to do it by yourself, call 973-992-5000 ext. #5522, or email ticolari@livingstonnj.org. We will send someone from the DPW to come and take care of it for you.

Don’t forget to check on your neighbors who may need assistance!!

Please check the website (www.livingstonnj.org) or the Livingston Township, NJ Facebook page for the latest information. If you haven’t already done so, sign up for – or confirm your information in the Township’s SwiftReach Reverse 911 Emergency Notification System.  Thank you for your patience and understanding while we deal with these winter conditions.  Spring is coming – just not quite quickly enough!

PSEG

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) is preparing for the approaching winter storm system expected to hit the region tomorrow morning through Friday morning, bringing with it snow and a wintry mix.

Up to a foot of snow accumulation is possible in some areas. While snow usually isn’t an issue for utilities, the possibility of sleet and freezing rain can increase the likelihood of downed wires and resulting power outages. Vehicles striking utility poles can also cause wires to come down.

In anticipation of the storm, PSE&G is ensuring that all available personnel are ready to respond beginning tonight. The utility is also arranging for contractors, including tree crews, to assist the utility’s own skilled workforce, and ensuring that additional supplies such as poles and transformers are on hand.

PSE&G offers the following tips to customers to prepare:

  • Charge your cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices.
  • Fill up your car’s fuel tank.
  • Ensure you have a battery-powered radio and a supply of fresh batteries.
  • Check your supply of flashlights, blankets, nonperishable food and bottled water for everyone in your family.
  • Put your refrigerator and freezer at the coldest setting. Keep a blanket handy to throw over these appliances for added insulation. If electricity is interrupted, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
  • Sign up for MyAccount at www.pseg.com and bookmark the mobile-friendly homepage on your smart phone so it’s easy to report outages and check restoration progress.
  • Compile a list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. Call this number to report power outages or downed wires.

Accumulation of ice and heavy snow may weigh down power lines and as a result cause power lines to come down. PSE&G urges its customers to be cautious if they see downed lines. Downed wires may appear dead but should always be considered “live.” Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with.

To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG. Customers with a handheld device, or who are at an alternate location with power, can also report power outages and view the status of their outage by logging in to My Account on www.pseg.com, PSE&G’s mobile-friendly website.

General outage activity throughout our service territory is available online at www.pseg.com/outagecenter and updates are posted on www.pseg.com during severe weather.

The utility’s Twitter and Facebook pages also keep the public informed about our restoration progress. Sign up as a follower at http://www.twitter.com/psegdelivers and www.facebook.com/pseg  to monitor restoration progress. Customers also can register for text and email alerts at www.pseg.com/myaccount.

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