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Sunday, January 25, 2015snow-covered no parking sign

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning -- a crippling and potentially historic blizzard to impact the area from late Monday into Tuesday, with snow accumulations of 20 to 30 inches.

Montclair residents are reminded that the Township has a parking ordinance in place, Township Ordinance 327-25, to facilitate snow removal on public streets. The ordinance prohibits parking on public streets during a snow event as well as parking a vehicle so that it extends into the roadway when it snows. The regulation applies when any accumulation of snow completely covers the roadway and obstructs road markings.

The parking prohibition remains in effect after the snowfall has stopped and until the entire block of roadway has been cleared of snow.

Daily overnight parking permits may not be used when streets are snow covered. The ordinance also applies to metered parking areas during the hours of 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Vehicles with handicapped placards/plates remain legally parked, however these vehicles may not be parked in the same location for more than 24 hours. If at all possible, other parking arrangements should be made to keep the streets clear for plowing.

On-Street Parking Permit Holders: We encourage you to park in a municipal lot. Hourly limits and meter fees at the municipal lots and the Fullerton Parking Deck (located next to the Park Street YMCA) will be waived when snow accumulations are greater than two inches and until 24 hours after snow has stopped falling. The Crescent and Bay Street Decks will not be open for snow event parking.

On streets where overnight permit parking is allowed, the following regulations will go into effect during a snow event:

1. On even calendar days night permit parking shall be allowed on the North and East sides of the street.

2. On odd calendar days night permit parking shall be allowed on the South and West sides of the street.

The date which determines on which side of the street to park is the VIOLATION DATE during the 2:00AM – 5:00AMwindow when enforcement officers are out. THE VIOLATION DATE IS JANUARY 24, THEREFORE PARK ON THE NORTH AND EAST SIDES OF THE STREET TONIGHT. Night permits only allow residents to park on the street until 9:00 AM therefore these vehicles MUST be cleared of snow and moved off the street by 9:00 AM so that snow removal can begin those sides. Vehicles should be removed to area parking lots while streets are being cleared and may resume parking on the street only when the snow has been completely cleared and snow has ceased.

One-time use/daily scratch off permits are prohibited during a snow emergency and vehicles displaying these types of permits will be ticketed and removed from the roadway under ordinance 327-25.

To see the full text of the ordinance, download Township Ordinance 327-25.

Blizzard Warning from the National Weather Service PDF Print E-mail

National Weather Services logoUrgent - winter weather message

The National Weather Service in New York has issued a blizzard warning – a crippling and potentially historic blizzard to impact the area from late Monday into Tuesday, affecting Northern Fairfield, Eastern Passaic, Western Bergen, Western Essex, Western Union, Rockland, Northern Westchester.

HAZARD TYPES: heavy snow and blowing snow...with blizzard conditions.

ACCUMULATIONS: snow accumulation of 20 to 30 inches. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour expected late monday night into tuesday morning.

WINDS: north 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

VISIBILITIES: one quarter mile or less at times.

TEMPERATURES: mid teens to mid 20s.

TIMING: light snow will begin Monday morning...with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible by the evening rush. Snow will pick up in intensity Monday evening with the heaviest snow and strongest winds from about midnight Monday night into Tuesday afternoon.

IMPACTS: life-threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions. Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities will lead to whiteout conditions...making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destinations before the heavy snow begins and to allow snow removal equipment to begin to clear roads.

2015 Winter Rabies Clinics PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Montclair Health Department has scheduled winter 2015 rabies clinics for the dates below:

Cedar Grove: Tuesday, February 10
Cedar Grove Municipal Building
525 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009
6:00-7:30 p.m. (Dogs-6:00-6:45, Cats-6:45-7:30)

Montclair: Wednesday, February 25
Harrison Avenue Fire Station
151 Harrison Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
6:00-7:30 p.m. (Dogs-6:00-6:45, Cats-6:45-7:30)

Dogs and cats should not be fed for six hours prior to the rabies vaccination. Each dog and cat must be on a leash or carrier and accompanied by an adult.

For questions, please contact: Montclair Health Department 973-509-4970.

Here Comes the Sun: Free Solar Event PDF Print E-mail

Have you often wondered if you could have solar panels on your roof, but were confused about the costs, special deals, and incentives? The Montclair office of Environmental Affairs is hosting a free event to answer all your questions, so residents can reduce their electricity bills while protecting the planet.

“Solar Homes Montclair”, on Thursday, February 12, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the Fire Headquarters’ Community Room, 1 Pine Street, will bring several solar companies together to provide clear presentations with information explaining financial options, leasing versus buying, and respond to every question so residents can make responsible choices.

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