1/28/2022 - OFFICIALS PREPARING FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOWSTORM JAN 28-30th
The National Weather Service is predicting a significant snowfall for our area starting tonight through Saturday afternoon. The most recent models are predicting as much as twelve (12) inches of snow accumulation could occur in some areas, accompanied by blizzard conditions due to high winds throughout the day.
Due to the pending storm, all municipal personnel will be dedicated to snow removal and ice control operations.
As such, the DPW yard will be closed on Monday, January 31st so that all disposal areas can be cleared of snow and ice. Information regarding the closure of Municipal Offices will be posted on the website & this official Facebook page. Information regarding changes in trash collection schedules will also be posted as it becomes available.
Crews are currently preparing our trucks and equipment to work the long hours clearing snow from our roadways. Crews are completing the application of brine on all primary and secondary roadways. Please note that crews were unable to brine all neighborhood streets due to a mechanical breakdown on one brine tank.
Crews will begin plowing operations once the accumulated snow is deep enough to plow. This will be determined by the Police Department and/or Office of Emergency Management. It is imperative that motorists traveling on our municipal roads use extreme caution and travel at a reduced speed once the winter weather begins. We strongly encourage all residents to postpone any unnecessary travel until crews have had the chance to clear our streets; and abide by any States of Emergency that may be declared by the Governor only permitting travel by designated essential personnel.
Medford Township officials are monitoring the snow accumulations and will distribute emergency information as needed throughout the storm. If you have not done so already, we recommend that residents sign up for "NIXLE" text message and email alerts at www.NIXLE.com.
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 are State roads, and are the responsibility of the NJDOT to plow or salt. Issues on those roads should be reported to that agency.
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 and be patient as we work to clear roughly 600 streets in Medford.
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
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 traveling on foot.
• Clear any snow that may block fire hydrants that are in front of your property.
Residents who have questions or concerns about snow removal and ice control operations should call Richard Parks, Director of Neighborhood Services, at 609-654-6791 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Township Administration and staff thank you for your patience and understanding and appreciate your cooperation.