UPDATE: February 24, 2014
Snow Emergency remains in effect in the Borough.
ALERT: SNOW EMERGENCY ISSUED REMAINS IN EFFECT
The DPW continues to remove snow
from street corners and other areas of the roadways to improve visibility
for motorists and keep traffic conditions safe and flowing well. With a recent
warming trend and some rains, it has helped to begin to melt off the snow
mounds that had developed and turned into ice. As this warmer trend continues
it should greatly help in creating wider traffic lanes for drivers and for
residents along side streets. However, colder air is expected to return this
week, February 24-28, along with a storm system that could bring additional
precipitation in the form of accumulating snow. The snow emergency will remain
in effect in the Borough of Bergenfield since many areas are still not wide
enough for free flow of traffic. The Bergenfield Police are asking the public's
cooperation in keeping vehicles in driveways and off the streets. This is
especially true for areas where parking will make it impossible to safely pass,
especially for a neighbor to back out of a driveway or for emergency vehicles
such as fire apparatus which are larger.
The Bergenfield Police are
enforcing the no parking ban under the snow emergency particularly under
section D of the 299-12 ordinance. This states that the snow emergency remains
in effect until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent
that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic.
Officers, coming upon vehicles, or
being dispatched to traffic complaints involving vehicles parked that are interfering
with traffic, have made attempts to contact owners of vehicles that are parked
and restricting or interfering with traffic flow. If the owner cannot be
located, the vehicle will be summonsed for violating the ordinance and then towed
to impound. Officers have been very understanding of the difficulties
experienced by citizens this winter season with storm after storm. However,
without enforcement, the traffic situation would be worse for everyone. We
thank all those residents who have cooperated during this difficult period with
both the Police Department, Department of Public Works and all Emergency
Service Units of the Borough.
Borough Ordinance 299-12. Snow emergency.
A snow emergency shall exist whenever snow has fallen and the
accumulation is such that it covers the street or highway. In addition
to this, when weather conditions cause a state or condition of the
street that is hazardous or dangerous to vehicular or pedestrian traffic
even if the entire street or highway is not covered by snow shall
constitute a snow emergency when declared by the Chief of Police, or in
his absence, the ranking police officer in charge.
B. Definition: As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
SNOW: Any precipitation depositing any accumulation and shall be
deemed to include snow, sleet, hail, ice, freezing rain or any
TIRES: Tires with or without studs and having treads designed for use
in the snow which tread shall be of sufficient depth to accomplish the
purpose for which the tire was designed.
Snow emergency declared. Upon the occurrence of a snow emergency as
hereinabove defined, the Chief of Police, or in his absence, the
ranking police officer shall have the authority to declare such an
emergency. Within one hour after such a declaration, no person shall
cause, permit, allow or suffer any vehicle owned or driven by him to
become stalled or immobile on any portion of any street in the Borough
of Bergenfield because of the failure of the vehicle to be equipped
with snow tires or chains. The Chief of Police or the ranking officer
shall immediately inform the public of said snow emergency by issuing a
press release to the local and metropolitan radio, television and news
Snow emergency routes. All streets of the Borough of Bergenfield are
snow emergency routes upon which no parking shall be allowed during a
snow emergency, and such parking prohibition, shall remain in effect
until after the snow has ceased or until the streets have been plowed
sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the
normal flow of traffic or until otherwise terminated by the Chief of
Police, or in his absence, the ranking officer, in the same manner as
declared in above.