SNOW ANNOUNCEMENT (1/22/16 to 1/24/16):
The National Weather Service is predicting a heavy snowfall for our area starting late Friday night through Sunday. The most recent models are predicting as much as 18" of snow accumulation for our area. Crews are currently applying salt brine to our streets to prevent ice buildup.
Due to the amount of snow forecasted to fall, salt will be applied once all streets are thoroughly plowed. Snow emergency routes will be salted as needed in an effort to allow access by emergency vehicles. It is essential that motorists traveling on our municipal roads use extreme caution and travel at a reduced speed once the winter weather begins.
We encourage all residents to postpone any unnecessary travel until crews have had the chance to clear our streets. Medford Township officials are monitoring the snow accumulations and will distribute emergency information as needed throughout the storm.
Residents are asked to remove any Christmas trees placed at the street for collection before the storm arrives. At this time, Christmas trees will still be collected on your regular scheduled trash day, starting Monday, January 25th. Delays or cancellation of Christmas tree collection will be announced later, if necessary.
The Township's snow removal policies/procedures are posted here on the Township website:www.medfordtownship.com/content/233/251/325.aspx. Please note in these guidelines that some roads within Medford areState or County roads, and are the responsibilities of those agencies to plow or salt. Issues on those roads should be reported to those agencies. Please be mindful that there are 150+ miles of roadway in Medford, not all roads can be immediately cleared - please allow us time to get the job done. There are roughly 600 streets in Medford that our crews are responsible toclear.
The Police Department will also be enforcing Township Code 129-3; which prohibits anyone from shoveling, blowing or plowing snow from private property onto sidewalks, streets and roadways, and fire hydrants of the Township.
The Township website also includes a Service Request system that provides online reporting of issues. One of the categories is snow removal issues, along with downed trees. Electrical and cable wires should be reported directly to the utility companies involved. The Submit Service Request page is available here:www.medfordtownship.com/servicerequest. There is important and helpful information/tips at the Ready Burlington County website (www.readycomm.org), and the Medford specific Ready page (www.readycomm.org/your-township-or-municipality/medford/) on preparing for storms, contact info for power companies in the event of need to report outages, and more...take a look.
Township personnel will have a challenging job ahead. To help them, please adhere to the following:
• Park ALL vehicles off the roadway to facilitate plowing.
• Railroad ties, sprinkler heads, mailboxes, curbing, etc., by the road edge should be marked with reflective markers that are 24" to 36" in height so they can be seen by the snow plow driver. The Township is not responsible for damage if area is not properly marked.
• Take this time to check and obtain essential supplies. If you don't have to go out during this event, please stay off the roads and let the plow trucks do their job.
• After the snowstorm passes, please remember to clear your sidewalks for those on foot.
The Township Administration and staff thank you for your patience and understanding and appreciate your cooperation.