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Brick's Snow Removal Plan Different for 2012

This winter, the township's snow removal plan was reworked

After a weekend when temperatures reached the mid-60s, snow is probably the last thing on the minds of Brick residents who are "thinking spring." But a long winter ahead brings with it the possibility of chilly temperatures and winter storms – and officials say the township is better prepared than ever this year.

"It was obvious to us that we had to secure more equipment," after the Dec. 26, 2010 blizzard, said township Business Administrator Scott Pezarras.

During that storm, some residents had to wait days to have their streets plowed. That caused a political uproar that resulted in the formation of a committee headed by former Councilman Michael Thulen to determine how the township could better respond to storms in the future. But while a portion of the committee's work focused on communication and organization strategies, at the end of the day – or, rather, when the first snow flake falls – officials largely agreed that equipment is key.

To that end, the township reworked its contract with plow contractors to up the minimum number trucks that should be on the road during a storm. During the blizzard, contractors operated the minimum number of equipment pieces they were obligated to keep in town at all times, but when extra equipment beyond that minimum was sent out of Brick, the plowing operations were delayed. This season, a minimum of 77 pieces of plowing equipment will be on the road during storms, including 26 pieces of township-owned equipment.

When private contractors are called in this year, Pezarras said, they'll work in 12 hour shifts concurrent with the shifts of Brick employees.

Pezarras said the township normally budgets between $750,000 and $850,000 per year for snow removal. Last year's blizzard busted the budget wide open; the storm dropped 34 inches of snow on Brick and cost the township $1,019,000. The amount budgeted for the season usually covers four or five storms that produce 4 to 8 inches of snow, Pezarras said.

Given the increased number of plows on the road this season, Pezarras said he estimates the cleanup effort for an average storm – one of those 4 to 8 inch affairs – would take about 12 hours to complete.

IGGY January 10, 2012 at 02:31 PM
There will be no more PW after the new layoff plan is put in place in the near future. Steveo and he buddies are working on a layoff plan at this very moment, as the answer to cutting the taxes 24% .
Dominick Rappoccio January 10, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I have no problem fining people who leave their cars on streets during a snow storm. That will help - but major snow storm don't occur every year. Is it better to pay a lump sum to remove large snow falls every few year or buy equipment that will sit idle rusting, has to be maintained and stored outside by public works, and replace by township every after just a few years. It's a hard one to call.
IGGY January 10, 2012 at 08:06 PM
You buy the trucks that you can use throut the year.............you can't afford equipment that is only used for plowing. You must buy multi - task vehicles, like we always purchased in the past. Instead of a splash park, worry about what is really needed to kepp the roads clear, and what is really needed for the PW's people to maintain our roads and services for the citizens of Brick. We should study the past practices, and how sucessful they were then...........maybe we should listen to our employee's who have been doing the job over the past 25 years, and get their input for the future.
disgusted homeowner January 11, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Agreed. How many homeowners get the robo call asking you to remove ANYTHING AND I MEAN ANYTHING from the streets, cars, trailers, basketball hoops, etc. and they just DON'T DO IT. How many folks leave their robo cans in the street 7 days a week and never take them in. Come on folks, cooperate and when you do know a storm is coming get your sh---- off the streets so our public works guys can do their job!!!!!!!!!!
disgusted homeowner January 11, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Reality, you're right. There's an ordinance on the books and the cops don't enforce it when called. The problem exists on my dead end street as well and the same people, time and time again won't move their stuff, cars or whatever from the street. None have ever received a summons and probably never will. Ps they all have large driveways!!!!!

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