RED BANK: SNOW TOSSERS TO FACE TICKETS

red bank nj snowstorm 2014How it’s done: a snowblower pointed away from Broad Street during a storm in January, 2014. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njYou know who they are: the folks who shovel snow from their property into the street after plows have been through. Hey, maybe you’ve done it yourself.

Red Bank officials say it’s a costly pain in the neck, and plan to make it a violation enforced with “zero tolerance.”

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RED BANK: COUNCIL MULLS STREET ISSUES

red bank snow storm 2014A plow clearing Broad Street during a storm in March, 2014. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Stop signs, snow removal, street sweeping and other road-related issues were on the agenda at the Red Bank borough council’s workshop session Wednesday night.

Some new ordinances are expected to follow.

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RED BANK: PARK, VACANT SITES ON AGENDA

The council may authorize the creation of a concept plan to turn the former landfill at West Sunset Avenue into a park.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The Red Bank council has a packed agenda for its semimonthly meeting Wednesday night, including possible progress toward a long-dreamed-of new park on the West Side and some bad news for landlords who neglect vacant properties.

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M’TOWN: GET READY TO DIG NEAR SCHOOLS

alexander-drMiddletown is considering heavier enforcement to get sidewalks near schools cleared after a snowfall. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

This winter’s unprecedented snowfalls brought frustration to Middletown, but they also nudged the township to take another look at how it reacts to the weather.

Following a substandard response to the post-Christmas pounding, when streets went days without seeing a plow and cars got stranded all over town, leadership retooled its plan to clear both roadways and lines of communication.

Now they’re focusing on the sidewalks.

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SNOW: ARE WE IN FOR IT OR WHAT?

poblanaDee Patel’s grocery store on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank cleared an early path for customers during the December 26-27 storm. (Click to enlarge)

The too-white winter of 2011 is expected to lay a fresh blanket of snow up to 13 inches thick on the Red Bank region Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

It begins around 4p, the forecast says, with light accumulation until about 7p, when the snow dump begins in earnest.

The Red Bank police department has issued a request urging that vehicles not be left parked on-street overnight, to make it easier for plows to do their work.

In addition, there are borough streets for which an ordinance prohibits parking when the road is snow-covered, subjecting vehicles to tickets and towing.

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RUMSON DONE AS SEA BRIGHT DIGS OUT

plowA snow plow on East River Road Monday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

While other towns continue trying to dig out from massive amounts of snow, it’s down to a cleanup effort in Rumson.

Public Works crews worked through the night Monday plowing through the borough’s seven-square-miles, and by Tuesday morning all streets were open, “which, I don’t think, a lot of the neighboring towns can say,” Mayor John Ekdahl said.

No they can’t.

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GEARING UP FOR THE BIG DUMP

rb-plowRed Bank is prepping 11 snow plows, plus loaders and back hoes, to handle this impending snow invasion this weekend. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It may not rival the pre-Christmas pounding, but if the weather forecast is correct — insert wisecrack here — Red Bank and the surrounding area will be spending some time digging out from a substantial snowfall again tonight and tomorrow.

In Red Bank yesterday, borough workers readied 11 snowplows, with additional loaders and backhoes geared up to 24 hours on the streets to clear an expected foot or so of snow, said public utilities Director Gary Watson.

The National Weather Service says seven to 13 inches will fall tonight and tomorrow.

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‘SNOW PARKING, PLEASE, IF IT SNOWS

WindblownWind whips snow off rooftops downtown on Broad Street during a storm on March 2, 2009.

The Red Bank Police Department is asking residents to move their cars to off-street parking overnight and tomorrow in anticipation of a snowstorm that could dump 14 or more inches of snow locally.

The request has been made in the form of a recommendation, because many borough streets are not included in a snow removal ordinance (text below) that prohibits parking of specific streets when the ground is snow-covered, said Acting Chief Steve McCarthy.

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