Cleaning up after the Snow-pocalypse: Morristown’s DPW

By Berit Ann Ollestad

You think parking can be challenging in Morristown?  Try finding a parking space for mountains of snow.

Snow removal continues in Morristown. Photo by Berit Ollestad

Snow removal continues in Morristown. Photo by Berit Ollestad

“This is definitely the worst winter in a long time because of the non-stop accumulation that we’ve seen,” said Jeff Hartke, Morristown’s director of public works.

Typically, the DPW removes snow from streets and deposits it in the Burnham Park parking lot. But space there has run out, and now a secondary location is being used, a parking lot on Bishop Nazery Way.

The town has enlisted help from two private contracting companies to assist with snow removal.

That is combined with approximately 20 town employees who are fixing potholes and opening drain-pipes to alleviate potential flooding issues in addition to assisting in the monumental snow removal.

Photos by Berit Ollestad

“We will have crews out there from 7 am until 9 pm through the end of the week,” Hartke said. “Tomorrow I’ll be sitting down with the Mayor and [Administrator] Michael Rogers, and we’ll be evaluating what other issues will need to be addressed regarding the snow removal and how many additional man-hours may be needed.

“Prior to this year, we would have not been continuing to work into the evening when people would be returning from work. But we decided that for the minor inconvenience that it might cause residents to have us out there in their neighborhoods, when the dust settles and when it’s done, we’ll have clear streets again.

“Although we never ran out of salt, we definitely came close with this last storm. We currently have an additional 1,000 tons of salt ordered,” Hartke added.

Mayor Tim Dougherty, meanwhile, is urging residents to report any impassable crosswalks to his office at 973-292-6629.

And the snow removal continues: These streets have been posted “no parking” for snow removal on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014:

  • Cleveland Street
  • Clinton Street
  • Clinton Place
  • Dogwood Road (Upper Portion)
  • Garden Street
  • Abbett Ave (Upper Portion)
  • New Street
  • Jardine Road
  • Olyphant Drive
  • Olyphant Pkwy
  • Altamont Court
  • Walker Ave
  • Lake Road
  • Tuxedo Place-Lower Portion
Snow removal operations in Morristown--a huge job this winter. Photo by Berit Ollestad

Snow removal operations in Morristown–a huge job this winter. Photo by Berit Ollestad

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