Written by Paul Ehrbar Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00
Happy and healthy New Year to all. With winter upon us, more time is spent indoors and communication with neighbors becomes less frequent. It is important that we all maintain contact with our friends and neighbors, especially the senior population and those living by themselves. Checking on others during these winter months, especially with this brutally cold weather, is important to ensure the safety and well-being of all. Working with each other is what helps to make this Village a great place to live.
I’d like to commend residents for keeping their vehicles off the streets during the recent snow storm. The majority of residents followed village regulations regarding snow emergency stipulations. While it can be difficult to comply, it is necessary to keep our village roads empty so that plowing can be done in a safe and efficient manner.
During and after the storm I received phone calls and emails from residents as to where cars could be parked legally during a storm event. Village policy allows vehicles to be parked in village parking lots when snow is predicted or actually falls.
Cars can be parked in Village parking lots where permits are normally required without the necessary permits. Tickets will not be issued under these circumstances.
Village lots are located as follows; Willis Avenue and Fordham Street, Hillside Avenue and Liberty Street, train station, and the lot located between Nassau Road and Pennsylvania. I also encourage all to work closely with neighbors to share driveway space, when possible, to help alleviate the parking situation.
I’m aware that the following message has been delivered a number of times both in this paper and the Village Green but I feel it is necessary to repeat it once again. Once snow reaches two or more inches, a snow emergency will be declared. All vehicles must be removed from Village streets so that plowing can be done.
Owners of vehicles left on the village streets will be subject to a $150 fine. The vehicles are to remain off the street for 18 hours after the snowfall ends. In order to assist in the cleanup and to avoid the issuance of a summons please move the vehicles off the streets whenever snow is predicted.
Along these lines, I ask when shoveling either by hand or by snow blower, snow not be put back in the streets. Direct the snow onto your property as snow returned to the streets recreates a dangerous situation. It requires additional plowing and icing conditions.
Together, we can make a difference by following the aforementioned information.