3/11/18 Update Re: Winter Storm Quinn

By Admin2

Livingston Township Manager Barry R. Lewis, Jr., has provided the following update on issues relating to Winter Storm Quinn last Wednesday, March 7th.

Power Restoration

The Township continues to work closely with both PSEG and JCP&L to expedite restoring electric service to Township properties. Our Department of Public Works has worked around the clock to provide access and assistance to utility crews to complete repairs and restorations. Utility crews have made significant progress in restoring power.

As of 1:16 p.m. on Sunday, 3/11, JCP&L reports 55 of their 3,320 Livingston customers (1.66%) remain without power and that they expect all service to be restored by Monday, 3/12, at 11:30 p.m.  As of 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, 3/11, PSEG indicates that 168 of their 8,429 Livingston customers (2%) remain without power and that they expect all service to be restored by Monday, 3/12, at 5:30 p.m.

Tree and Debris Removal

The Township is responsible for removing trees and limbs that came down within the public right of way. Township crews continue to work diligently to remove trees, limbs, and debris from all roadways.

Property owners are responsible for trees and limbs that fell on their private properties. Limbs and brush smaller than 4” in diameter, cut in lengths no longer than 4 feet, and bundled in bundles weighing no more than 50 pounds can be placed curbside for collection with your regular garbage pickup.

Property owners must arrange privately for the removal and disposal of larger limbs and trees that have fallen on their property.

Roadways

The vast majority of Township roads were open and plowed throughout the storm as our Public Works staff did a tremendous job under extremely difficult circumstances.

Some roadways were blocked by downed power lines, which prevented them from being opened and plowed until the utility companies de-energized and removed the power lines.

At this time, all Township streets are open and plowed.

Snow Removal from Sidewalks

According to Township Code, property owners are required to remove snow from sidewalks on their properties within 12 daylight hours following the end of the snowfall.

In light of the magnitude of this storm and the related power outages, the Township has exercised discretion and leniency in delaying enforcement of this ordinance.

Property owners remain responsible to clear sidewalks and the Township is beginning enforcement again, with exceptions made for situations where downed power lines prevent the  sidewalk from being cleared.

The Township appreciates the cooperation of all property owners during this challenging time.

Garbage and Recycling Services

Garbage and recycling will both be collected on regular schedules beginning Monday, March 12, 2018.

Commuter Shuttle Service

Commuter shuttle service to the South Orange train station will run on its regular schedule beginning Monday, March 12, 2018.