Orange Highway Department Snow Plowing Policy

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Nov 092017

There are more than 110 miles of streets in the Town of Orange. Snow removal can cost up to $2,500 per hour. Therefore, it is important for the Department of Public Works to use its resources wisely with cooperation from the residents to minimize the cost.

Plow Routes: The streets are plowed and sanded in order of priority. Main (collector) roads are addressed first with special attention to steep hills and difficult intersections. Side streets are done next, then dead-end streets.  Side streets will remain unplowed if the main roads require repeat plowing due to the heavy volume of snowfall. This may not seem fair to the residents of side streets or dead-ends.  However, the main roads must remain open.

Blocked Driveways: All snow plows angle the same way; to the driver’s right. While plowing, the plow will push the snow in front of a residential driveway.  The homeowner is responsible for access to his/her driveway. The only way to avoid additional snow removal is to wait until DPW work crews have completed their final clean up of your road.

Mailbox Damage: The town repairs or replaces only those mailboxes and/or posts that are actually struck by the plow blade.  Usually, a paint mark or tire tracks provide evidence of a mailbox strike.  The Town does not repair or replace mailboxes and/or posts that fall from the force of plowed snow. Mailboxes and supporting posts must be installed to withstand the rigors of snow removal; including the force of snow pushed from the street onto the roadside.  It is recommended that homeowners do not purchase and utilize plastic mailboxes and/or posts as they are subject to damage.  DPW recommends the use of a 4″ x 4″ wooden post or 2″ metal pipe with a metal mailbox.

Private Plowing: The Town of Orange prohibits private plow contractors from pushing snow from private driveways or parking lots onto Town streets.  This practice is dangerous and impedes the Town’s snow removal efforts.  If there is no other alternative to pushing the snow into the street, the plow driver must plow off the windrow left across the street by re-plowing until the road is safe.  This may not necessarily mean bare pavement, but certainly, it should be no worse than when the driver began work.

No Parking:   The Town of Orange Snow Removal Ordinance takes effect on November 1 of each year, and continues to April 1 of the following year.  During this time, there shall be no parking on public roads during snowstorms.  Should your vehicle be parked on the street causing an obstruction to snow removal vehicles, your vehicle may be ticketed or removed by the Town of Orange Police Department.  The cost of removal and any other subsequent fees shall be borne upon the owner of the vehicle.

Snow Stakes:   The Town of Orange Highway Department reminds Orange residents to install “snow stakes” now before the ground freezes.  It is difficult to distinguish between the pavement edge and the edge of a lawn in heavy snowfall.  Installing stakes along property edges as close to the pavement as possible without interfering with traffic will help homeowners avoid unsightly lawn damage this winter, especially for properties with underground sprinklers or invisible fencing.  Snow stakes should be 30-36″ high and can be purchased at a local hardware store.  If using wooden stakes, paint the top 3″ of the stakes red to increase visibility against the snow.

Residents who feel they have a legitimate complaint should call the Town of Orange Department of Public Works at (203) 891-4775

Notes In A Nutshell: Board of Selectmen Feb 10

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Feb 102016

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.42.22 PMThis month’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting took place at Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Following are notes of what they discussed:
Ordinance to Amend the Code of the Town of Orange, Chapter 331, Solid Waste, Article ll. Recycling
Copies available at the Town Clerk’s Office.
Tom George of the Recycling Committee. Now in its 16th year the Recycling effort in Orange has grown dramatically. The town came up with an amended ordinance for which he is grateful.
First Selectman Jim Zeoli said the printer cartridge recycling program is highly successful.
Recycling chairman/selectman Mitch Goldblatt spoke about the grant money
Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.42.52 PMTown of Orange gets $20 per ton from the recycled items in the blue bins.
Goldblatt said the number of residents who recycle is unknown, but in the month of December 100 tons was recycled in Orange — between the blue bins and at the transfer station.
VOTE : To consider and act on amending the Code of the Town of Orange, Chapter 331, Solid Waste, Article ll. Recycling.
Unanimously approved.
George Munk an active member of the Orange Country Fair passed away.
Feb. 15 all town offices will be closed, but the transfer station will be open.
March 13 daylight savings time begins.
Sat. July 2 – Independence day fireworks will take place.
Complaint about mail boxes damaged by snow plows. It’s still not too late to put up a “batter board” to protect your mailboxes, but unless they are run over, the town will NOT replace them.
Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 7.37.00 PMDogs on Town Property must be leashed, and you must clean up after them.
Commercial vehicles parked in your residence is not allowed. You may be cited.
Shop Rite is remodeling the interior of the former Stop & Shop on
New Signal Lights including cross walk lights are being installed at the intersection of Orange Center and Old Tavern roads.
1. To consider and act on the approval of the minutes of the January 13, 2016
Regular Meeting of the Board of Selectmen (enclosure)
Two corrections were suggested (Davis and Goldblatt)
Unanimously Approved.
1. To consider and act on the request to hang a banner to promote the Strawberry Festival (enclosure)Marie Gesler, Strawberry Festival Co-Chairperson
Strawberry Festival will take place at the Orange Fairgrounds on June 11.
Zeoli recommends that everyone purchase a Strawberry-Rhubarb pie
The Banner will be erected soon after the Memorial Day Parade.
Unanimously Approved
2. To consider and act on the request to hold the Cinco K de Mayo Road Race, waive the rental fee for HPCC gym/cafeteria and hang a banner on Orange Center Road (enclosure) – Richard Zorena, Chamber of Commerce
Unanimously Approved
3. To consider and act on request for funding to reevaluate and amend the Orange TODD Regulations (enclosure) Paul Dinice, Zoning Administrator and Enforcement Officer
Regulations were drawn up more than a decade ago when a train station was proposed for Orange. The TP&ZC needs $16,000 to pay Planametrics for its work on the plans.
Selectman Okenquist said the printing costs were not included in the request, so should they add money to the request to meet those costs? Zeoli said NO, they asked for $16,000, if they need more they can come back and ask for it.
Goldblatt asked about a timeline. Town Attorney Vin Marino said he would like to have it wrapped up by April.
Unanimous Approval to send the recommendation to fund it to the Board of Finance. 
4. Review of proposed Charter Revision Committee – First Selectman Zeoli
Zeoli suggested Laura Reid, Roy Cuzzocreo and Pio Imperati Jr. for the committee.
Judy Williams said all have history in town and experience.
Unanimously Approved, John Carangelo abstained. 
5. To consider and act on the request to approve Health Insurance Waivers for 19 employees.
Employees would receive a stipend instead of Insurance if person is covered by a spouses insurance.
Unanimously Approved
6. To consider and act on the request to approve the tax refunds totaling $14,606.89
Unanimously Approved
    1. Pension BoardSelectman Goldblatt
    Thurs,  Feb 25 meeting at town hall open to public.
    2. Capital PlanningSelectman Okenquist
    $981,000 proposed expenditures.
    A new phone system is being put into elementary schools so all schools are tied together.
    Pubic Works needs a new dump truck to replace 25 year old model.
    Community Services received $25,000 grant for a new van. town would put in $11,000
    PD needs a new digital console and digital radio system. PD would impose a new incription system to prevent public from hearing their transmissions.
    3. Bond Construction OversightSelectman Goldblatt
    4. PersonnelSelectman Okenquist, Zeoli, Davis
  • Close Regular Meeting convene into Executive Session
    1. Labor Contract Between the Town of Orange and Supervisors Unit
    2. MOA for Correction of Wage Schedule between the Town of Orange and
    the Dispatchers Unit (enclosure)
    Close Executive Session and convene into the Regular Meeting
    3. Upgrade to secretary to Building Department.
    1. To consider and act on the Labor Contract Between the Town of Orange
    and Supervisors’Unit
    Unanimously approved
    2. To consider and act on the MOA for Correction of Wage Schedule between
    the Town of Orange and the Dispatchers’ Unit
    Unanimously approved
    3. Upgrade to secretary to Building Department.
    Upgraded to 37.5 hours and a salary increase.
    Unanimously approved