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No One Shovels Our Corners and Cross-Walks
Monk February 17, 2014 at 09:11 PM
The landowners and tenants are responsible for clearing snow, ice and debris from sidewalks and gutters. The DPW is responsible for clogging them. But seriously, the Code of the Township of Cranford requires landowners and tenants to clear sidewalks and gutters or be charged in the amount determined by the Township Engineer for having, presumably, the DPW do it.
Jennifer Scuccimarri Cavaliere February 18, 2014 at 12:33 AM
You know, in theory that's sounds logical. I live on a corner property and I woke up to a 5 ft wall of compressed ice n snow after I shoveled a path to the corner, courtesy of our township. I don't know what kind of strength you have, but that my dear was far beyond my means of capability. They hadn't done it the first or second snow storm. But the first huge wet storm we had they decided it would b a good idea to use huge trucks to throw snow up on every corner in town. I should not have to kill myself to clean it when I already did my part. I did however create a path before the wall of ice to the street as a courtesy because it seemed the right thing to do. If I receive a ticket I will call every tv station, radio station, and any lawsuit available to me because it was not just pushed up as it happens across your driveway when they plow, it is clearly planted on an angle toward my corner and every corner in town. I don't have a backhoe sitting in my garage to move it. The town can't just dump things on people's property, then ticket you when it's beyond your means to clean it. They did it, they can clean it.
Ann Messler February 18, 2014 at 06:20 AM
Cranford has not cleared the sidewalks that it owns on Benjamin and Burnside ave.
Monk February 18, 2014 at 07:08 AM
Maybe the DPW was counting on "global warming" for a quick melt. I think a lot of people do a minimal shoveling job with the expectation that it will all be melted in a few days. Well, that's not wise. And the DPW needs to find other places to pile snow than at the corners of intersections where they block a driver's view and sidewalks are rendered impassable.
Ann Messler February 18, 2014 at 07:15 AM
I totally agree, I deliver mail in Cranford and this winter has been hell !!
PicklesthePup February 18, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Based on the number of unshoveled sidewalks that I encounter on my walk to the train station, I would guess that the township does not issue fines. It's the same people (and not just on the corner) who don't shovel, storm after storm, year after year.
barbara matten February 18, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Jennifer, you are so right! I live on a corner and it seems that this year, even before the biggest storm, the DPW trucks are piling the snow to the left and right at intersections causing massive mounds of snow on corners. Besides it being impossible to see cars coming, it is impossible to shovel through so that people can cross the street. I have been shoveling a single path out to the street from my lawn so that people can get into the street to cross. On two of the streets that border my home, the truck could possibly push the snow straight ahead to one of the lawns across the street. It would deter no one there until the town can remove it at a much later time. I also noticed that this year the DPW has failed to trim the snow to the curbs on the downtown streets as it was done in the past. I am a senior and have had enough of paying for snow removal or doing it myself. Wish the plow trucks would be a little more careful. Has anyone noticed how well Garwood has done with its snow removal. As soon as one leaves Cranford into Garwood, there is a noticeable difference!
AD February 19, 2014 at 08:12 AM
Couldn't agree more with the comments here. While it may be the homeowners's responsibility to clear sidewalks, there's only so much that can be done when plows push huge piles of snow against street corners, storm after storm. There's no way to clear the snow and ice which makes for unsafe conditions by forcing pedestrians over the snow banks or into the street. Unacceptable. I e-mailed DPW about this recently and attached a photo similar to the ones above showing snow plowed up against a street corner, completely blocking the sidewalk.
Jennifer Scuccimarri Cavaliere February 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM
Yes Barbara. They are plowing at least a ft n half away from the curb. I have a drain in front of my house that I have had to dig out several times, this last being the worst with layers of ice, because all the melting snow from the entire block ends up pooling at the end of my driveway and sidewalk, creating an unsafe slurry of ice n water. When the temps drop at night, there is a sheet of ice. I literally spent an hour digging and chizzling to clear the drain so no one slips and falls. Some blocks have ended up being one lane because cars are parked so far from the curb. Creates dangerous driving conditions and Too many broken mirrors on parked cars. I understand this was a tough winter but we must find a better way than this.
Monk February 20, 2014 at 06:49 AM
A neighbor of mine gets his lawn plowed up every time there is a snowfall. (No curb on this street.) For some reason, the street signs are set further back onto his lot than usual. Does he put markers at his lawn's edge? No. Does he repair the lawn in the Spring? No. It's a little weird. (Of course, any markers planted in the ground would probably be pulled up by bored teenagers. Sigh.) But this goes to show that the solution requires everyone's cooperation — DPW and landowners/tenants.
Ann Messler February 20, 2014 at 08:03 AM
I agree Monk, we all need to work together to get the job done.
lifelong resident February 20, 2014 at 10:58 AM
It would also be helpful if the township supported us. The message needs to be reinforced to homeowners that the onise is on them, that is not a nice thing it's a requirement. The DPW does a great job but I guess they're not longer doing parks and corners. The bridge @ Lynwold is still not passable but the corner at North/Springfield has been cleared since yesterday. Thanks.
lifelong resident February 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM
THANK YOU DPW!!! As of this am, the sidewalk moguls at the park on the corner of Elizabeth/No Union Aves have been cleared, corners is now open and completely passable on foot.
lifelong resident February 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM
*corners are-

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