TOWNSHIP OF MONTGOMERY
Township Committee
Mayor Patricia Graham
Deputy Mayor Ed Trzaska
Rich Smith
Christine Madrid
Mark Conforti 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016
Snow Plowing: What We Do, How Residents Help
Clearing township roads when snow storms hit is more logistically challenging than you might think. Residents play an important role. Please read down to find out how. Your cooperation and patience are needed and appreciated!
 
Montgomery Township has approximately 260 lane-miles of roadway. Lane-miles are different than road miles; each
mile of road has two lanes. One lane-mile can take two to four passes of the plow, making a lane-mile equal to two to four miles of driving/maintenance. Montgomery has over 250 cul-de-sacs; each equals one mile of road in terms of maintenance and plowing (time and material). 

For long duration snow storms, our goal is to maintain travel and accessibility for emergency vehicles by "opening up" roads (one pass each direction) and skipping cul-de-sacs until later.  This process will be repeated continuously until the storm slows down and then curb-to-curb plowing commences.

Curb-to-curb clearing is completed after the snow storm ends.  Curb-to-curb is necessary for mail delivery; to open inlets for water drainage; and clearance for additional snow storms.

Each snow storm is unique - temperature, snowfall duration and depth, icing, etc. Plowing begins prior to the end of the snowfall.  An average storm takes approximately 12 hours to clean-up (plowing and/or salting) after the last snowflake falls. A snow storm of 12 hours plus the 12 hour clean-up process, means 24 (or more) straight hours of work.  Your patience is appreciated.

Here are some guidelines for residents:
  • Montgomery Township has an ordinance which prohibits "parking on street" during snow emergencies which is strictly enforced.
     
  • DO NOT put snow into the roadway as you clear your driveway and/or sidewalk.  Throw snow off the road and 'downdrift' of the plow, which means to the right of your driveway when facing the street.  Snow piled 'updrift' is more likely to end up back in your driveway.
     
  • If you clear driveways/sidewalks before plowing is done curb-to-curb, expect to have snow that comes off the plow at the end of the driveway or in the sidewalk.
     
  • Due to snow coming off the plow, mailboxes can be damaged. It is not the intent of the driver to damage a mailbox. If your mailbox is damaged, email DPW at:  dpw@twp.montgomery.nj.us 
     
  • Do not place trash cans or recycling cans out until the plows have passed.
     
  • Please watch children and keep them out of the plows' path and harm's way.

Mailboxes can be damaged

If your mailbox is down because of a snow plow and you live on a County Road (see County Road list under "Potholes"), please email your name, telephone number, address (& nearest cross street) and include any photos of the mailbox to Somerset County Road Department at RoadDiv@co.somerset.nj.us .
 
If your mailbox is down because of a snow plow, and you live on a Township Road, please email your name, telephone number, address (& nearest cross street) and any photos of the mailbox, to dpw@twp.montgomery.nj.us . There is no set schedule as to when the mailbox will be repaired. Public Works is balancing their workload to accommodate priority issues. In the meantime, please make arrangements with your Post Office to have your mail held until the mailbox is repaired. Doing this will ensure that your mail is safe until you retrieve it.
 
If snow is piled up around the mailbox so that the post office cannot deliver mail, you have a couple of options:

a. Have your mail held at the post office until the snow has melted and mail delivery can be resumed,

b. Consider clearing the snow away from your mailbox
 
Storm Drains can get blocked
 
To report that a storm drain is blocked because snow has been plowed onto the side of the road, please email your name, telephone number, and the address where the storm drain is located, to  dpw@twp.montgomery.nj.us . Public Works will prioritize these issues. If the storm drain is clogged with a small amount of snow, we appreciate your effort to clear the snow away from the drain as much as possible.  Thank you!
 
We all appreciate the cooperation of our residents in following these snow clearing guidelines the next time and every time a snowstorm hits.  Remember our crews are out there working hard, doing their best to serve you. 
 
Source: Montgomery Twp. Public Works


MEMS Blood Drive This Sat., Dec. 10th

Montgomery EMS (MEMS) is hosting a Community Blood Drive on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Montgomery EMS squad building on 8 Harlingen Rd. Belle Mead, NJ 08502.
 
P lease join us to help save lives, by giving blood.

Donors will receive a coupon for a free single cup of Thomas Sweet Ice Cream.

Please contact MEMS & leave your name, phone number and time of your donation at donateblood@mems47.org or 908-359-4112.
 
Remember to bring Photo ID, eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids
 
Directions to Montgomery EMS can be found on our website: http://www.mems47.org/public_website/directions.shtml
 
If you have any concerns or questions on medical eligibility, please contact The Community Blood Council of NJ @ 609-244-8365 
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Frequently Used Phone Numbers

Main Offices : 908-359-8211
Police (Emergency) : 9-1-1 or 908-359-3222

Recreation : 609-466-3023  
Rec Sports Field Hotline:  800-731-8412
Senior Center : 609-466-0846
Food Pantry : 609-466-1054
Dept. of Public Works : 908-874-3144
Kid Connection : 908-359-2111

Please note that email correspondence with the Township is a public record and may be subject to disclosure under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act.