Municipality Prepares For Predicted Heavy Snowfall

The governing body, Roselle Park Police Department (RPPD), Department of Public Works (DPW), Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and other emergency services are ready to handle the predicted heavy snowfall tonight and tomorrow.

“We’re ready for the expected long haul. We got fuel, we got salt. We learned a lot from (Superstorm) Sandy and we will implement what we learned, “Mayor Carl Hokanson stated when asked about preparations, “We ask Roselle Park residents to not only cooperate in keeping roads clear but check in on each other and to stay safe. Do not go on the road unless it’s absolutely necessary.”

Municipal lots as well as the property on Jerome Street are open for residents to park their cars, according to the mayor. RPPD asks that cars be moved off of Snow Emergency Roadways during tonight and tomorrow, at the least. Neighbors are asked to share driveways if possible since cars parked on such roads in the event of snow accumulation of two inches or more will be subject to a summons and/or towing.

Snow Emergency Streets include:

  • Westfield Avenue (the entire length – East and West)
  • Beechwood Avenue
  • Chestnut Street
  • Clay Avenue (between Grant Avenue and Faitoute Avenue)
  • Colfax Avenue (between Chestnut Street and Laurel Avenue)
  • Colfax Avenue (between Laurel Avenue and the south side of Valley Road)
  • Faitoute Avenue
  • Galloping Hill Road
  • Grant Avenue
  • Hazel Street (between West Colfax Avenue and West Roselle Avenue)
  • Lincoln Avenue (between Galloping Hill Road and Locust Street)
  • Locust Street

According to Mayor Hokanson, as of this afternoon, there were 20 vehicles that were still snowbound from Saturday’s snowfall and unless they are cleared, they will be towed. Under NJSA 39:4-56.5, residents are advised to remove snow bound vehicle immediately or they will be considered abandoned.

Residents are also asked to call the police station at (908) 245-2300 for all non-emergencies and should only call 9-1-1 for actual emergencies.

Downed wires and/or power outages can be reported to the police as well as PSE&G at (800) 436-PSEG (7734)

Issues with water can be made to New Jersey American Water at (800) 272-1325.

The contact number for Elizabethtown Gas is (800) 492-4009.

As for shoveling or snow-blowing, residents are reminded that they do not shovel/plow or snow blow their snow back into the roadway or a neighbor’s property after it has been plowed or cleared as this creates a hazardous condition.

Municipal offices as well as Roselle Park Municipal Court and Violations Bureau will be closed tomorrow.

Mayor Hokanson said residents could reach out to him on his new Borough phone at (908) 666-7817.

(Photograph courtesy of the Roselle Park Police Department)