Since one of East Hanover Township's major tasks for the winter season is snow removal, the township is asking the public's cooperation by implementing the following guidelines when clearing snow from sidewalks or driveways.
Do not push snow out onto the road at anytime. This creates hazardous conditions for all vehicles. Note: The results of this activity can be a citation issued from the state police.
Snow should be plowed or shoveled to the right side of the driveway, as you are facing the intersecting roadway. By plowing away from the direction of the oncoming snow plows, this action will prevent the bulk of the snow from being pushed back onto the driveway.
Eliminate snow piles at the driveway entrance whenever possible. High accumulations of snow will obstruct the vision of motorists when exiting from the driveway and hinder the ability of oncoming cars to see you pulling out of the driveway, creating another potential for accidents.
Accidents: Property owners are encouraged to adhere to State guidelines when plowing / shoveling snow off driveways which lie adjacent to State roadways. A cooperative effort must be made to maintain consistent, safe and passable roadways. East Hanover Township suggests property owners follow these reminders in order to eliminate the potential for accidents happening. Homeowners can be held responsible for accidents that are a result of snow being shoveled unto township roads. The township makes every possible effort to keep roads passable at all times but there have been incidents where property owners shoveled snow onto township roads that had already been cleared by township crews. Not only does this create a hazard, but if an accident occurs as a result of this action, the homeowner may be held liable.
Mailboxes: Mailboxes that have been knocked down as the result of snow removal are a concern to the Township, as well as the property owner. Every attempt is made to avoid damaging mailboxes, although the main goal is to ensure that all snow is removed from all travel-ways and shoulder areas. Mailboxes that are too close to the road or are mounted on poor supports are sometimes toppled. Wet, heavy snow also increases the damage incurred by Township trucks during the season. Snow removal is the sole responsibility of the property owner. Chances are mailboxes will be toppled, as this type of snow has more force when being pushed off the plow. Any mailboxes posted in the Township's Right-of-Way remains the responsibility of the mailbox owner.
Procedures: During any significant snowfall the goal of the Township road crew is to clear or remove all snow from the roadways in order to provide all motorists safe and passable roadways. All main thoroughfares are priority with the secondary roads being the last to be cleared. While every effort is made to accommodate all Township residents, there may be a delay in plowing services for some secondary areas. Understanding and cooperation is the key to success during this period of time.