By now you have probably heard that there is a blizzard warning in effect from midnight tonight until midnight tomorrow night. Heavy snow and strong winds are predicted for tomorrow with potential accumulations up to 20 inches. Please be assured that the Park Ridge Public Works, Utility Departments, and Emergency Services are ready to handle this storm. We are sending this e-mail to provide you with important information about the storm and also to provide a friendly reminder about your responsibilities to help us with the snow removal process. The present forecast calls for the snow to begin in the early morning hours and ending sometime late tomorrow night.
We will be fully staffed and will have our utility crews available if we have any electrical or water emergencies. Please be advised of the following changes and/or cancellations for tomorrow:
No overnight parking will be permitted tonight and tomorrow night.
There will be no garbage collection tomorrow (3/14/17). The next garbage collection on the east side will be on Friday 3/17/17
Commingled recycling pickup is still scheduled for Wednesday 3/15/17 but will most likely start later in the day.
The Park Ridge Mayor and Council meeting scheduled for tomorrow night, has been cancelled and rescheduled to Wednesday, March 15th.
Borough Hall will be closed tomorrow, and we are anticipating a delayed opening on Wednesday. There will be limited staff at Borough Hall to answer phone inquiries (201-573-1800). If you call and there is no answer, please leave a message.
To report any non-life threatening emergencies, please call the Park Ridge Police Dispatch at 201-391-5400. For life threatening emergencies, dial 911.
The Park Ridge Public Works Department will be following our standard procedure for the snow plowing operations. When the snow begins to cover and stick to the road surfaces, we will dispatch four salter trucks to spread salt. Our initial focus is on the main roads and hills, and then the side streets. This will continue until the snow starts to accumulate which is when we will begin the plowing operation.
For plowing, we divide the town into four zones and use three trucks in each zone. As with salting, the trucks focus on the main roads initially and then the residential streets. While the storm is active, we will be plowing the middle section of the roads to keep them passable. Eventually, when the snow stops falling and we have finished making all the streets passable, we will plow and clear the roads from one curb to the other. It may take up to eight hours after the snow has stopped before we get to all the streets to push the snow back to the curb. We often get resident’s complaints about this as many have already shoveled their driveways or sidewalks, and then we come back and plow new snow onto the cleaned area. Please understand that this is unavoidable as it is imperative that we clear snow from the roads as far back to the curbs as we can at the end of the storm.
The following are some information and tips to help us all get through this storm:
- If any wires come down, they should always be considered “live”. Do not go near, or drive over, a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with.
- If at all possible, AVOID DRIVING during a winter storm. One of the greatest difficulties for the snow removal operations is dealing with the other drivers on the road. You also have a much higher risk of getting into a vehicle accident during a snow storm, so if you can avoid driving, please do so.
- Do not park your car in the street during a snow storm. If there are cars parked in the road, it makes it extremely difficult for our crew to properly plow the road. There is a Borough Ordinance (97-22) prohibiting this and you may be subject to a summons if you do not comply.
- Residents may find it less frustrating to wait until the plow trucks have completed the curb-to-curb plowing (at the end of the storm) before cleaning the end of their driveway and sidewalks. Plow trucks are designed to discharge snow to the sides of the road and are not capable of skipping driveway areas.
- If you do shovel the end of your driveway before the last curb-to-curb pass, snow should be thrown to the right side as you're facing the street. This will reduce the amount of snow being placed back into the driveway during the next passes.
- Residents hiring contractors to plow their driveways should remind the contractor that a Borough Ordinance prohibits pushing or placing snow back into or across the street. Doing so not only creates hazards for drivers, but also makes it difficult for the Borough to keep the streets clean.
- Borough Ordinance (86-1) mandates that it is the duty of all owners or tenants to remove or cause to be removed from the abutting sidewalks all snow or ice within eighteen (18) hours after the snow or ice has accumulated on the sidewalk. It is extremely important to make the sidewalks safe, especially for the children, seniors and the handicapped community. Park Ridge has always been a community where neighbor helps neighbor and we encourage these efforts.
- Another important Borough Ordinance (84-4.1) requires the owner, tenant or occupant of lands abutting any fire hydrant to clear the snow and ice up to a five-foot perimeter around hydrant. The removal of ice and/or snow must be completed within 24 hours after the final accumulation of snow or ice has ceased. This is necessary to ensure that hydrants are accessible in case of an emergency.
For more information on our snow plowing operations, please refer the Road Department section of the Park Ridge web site at www.parkridgeboro.com. You can also call Borough Hall at 201-573-1800 if you have any questions. We thank you for your anticipated cooperation.