Newark, NJ – Mayor Luis A. Quintana, the Newark Municipal Council, and Acting Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Amos Crudup reminded residents today about the City of Newark’s snow removal ordinances. During snowstorms, the City mobilizes personnel and vehicles to spread salt and plow roads as conditions dictate. The first priority for salting is hills, bridges, and major arteries that lead in and out of the City’s borders. Residents should not shovel snow back onto streets after they have been plowed. This becomes a safety hazard and an additional cost to the City because the road has to be re-plowed. The City of Newark requests the cooperation of all residents to help the snow cleanup effort.
“I want to thank our entire Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services team, our Police and Fire department, our Office of Emergency Management, all of our private vendors and County partners for burning the midnight oil to make our city streets more accessible and safe for pedestrian and vehicular travel. I’d also like to commend the Newark Downtown District for the outstanding job they did to properly remove snow from sidewalks and other areas within our Central Business District,” Mayor Quintana said. “While we have been doing our job at City Hall, our residents must do their part and be good neighbors by complying by our ordinances to ensure the safety of their homes, their sidewalks and their neighborhoods. When our residents shovel their snow, they should not shovel it back onto streets after they have been plowed. This becomes a hazard for our emergency vehicles and other drivers.”
There are two Snow Removal ordinances: 29:17-3. Keeping Traffic Lanes Clear; Manner of Clearing Access of Parking Places: “No person shall place, or cause to be placed, any snow or ice upon the traffic lanes of the roadway of any streets. In the event that it is necessary to clear the roadway of snow and ice in front of any property for the purpose of providing parking space or to give access to such property, then such snow or ice shall be property piled in the roadway in front of such property at no greater distance than six (6) feet from the curb line and in such manner that the gutter way shall be unobstructed. (R.O. 1966 22:17-3)
The second ordinance is 29:17-4. Dumping in Roadway from Private Property: It shall be unlawful for any person to remove snow or ice from any private property and place the same onto the sidewalk or roadway of any street (R.O. 1966 22:17-4)
Residents, business owners, and landlords are reminded that anyone who shovels snow into City streets will face Municipal Court action and fines ranging from $100 to $1,000. All violators will be ticketed and subject to action in the Newark Municipal Court.
“When shoveling your sidewalks or removing snow from your vehicles or lots, residents should push the snow toward the curb and not into the street. If we all act as good neighbors and good citizens, Newark can avoid the hazards and dangers snow creates,” said Director Crudup. “We will have Code Enforcement Officers patrolling every neighborhood within all five wards enforcing both of our snow removal ordinances which will include private and commercial properties. If our residents do not do their part to comply with our city ordinances, they will be ticketed.”
To report streets that need plowing and salting, residents should contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311, which is open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours may be extended at the Call Center as conditions dictate.
As a “Good Neighbor” you can assist the City and your neighbors in weathering the snowstorm, by abiding by the following laws:
Park vehicles in your driveway, so that the plows can get through to remove snow and ice. If possible, share your driveway with neighbors or secure vehicles on off-street lots. Clear snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of your storefront or home. Do not throw snow into the street. Place the snow on your lawn, on the side of your home or in the rear of the property. Remove snow and ice from hydrants and/or drains near your home. If you must venture out, take public transportation or car pool where possible. Be aware of alternate side of the street parking signs and parking restrictions when road is snow covered.
Home and property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from all private residential and commercial property, including areas in and around driveways, sidewalks, and walkways. The City of Newark does not provide snow removal services to private property – residential or commercial.
Streets must be cleared from curb to curb. Residents and business owners are encouraged to remove snow in a two-foot circumference around fire hydrants located in front of their residences or businesses. Clearing the streets of snow may require several passes of the snow plows.
If you have no sidewalk, pile snow on the left side of the driveway (stand facing the residence). If there is a sidewalk in front of the residence, pile snow to the left of the driveway behind the shovel (stand facing the residence).
After the street is plowed, the front of the residence should remain clear of obstructions for parking.
For further information, or to report streets that need salting or plowing, contact the City of Newark Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For snow complaints after business hours, call (973) 733-5830. Residents should stay tuned to City of Newark Government Access Channel 78 for more updates on the winter storm, or the City’s Twitter account at www.twitter.com/cityofnewarknj. You should also stay tuned to local weather reports to stay abreast of the forecast.