Opinion: Snow In The Forecast — The Highway Department Is Ready!

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Feb 052015

Snow-PlowAfter last weekend’s marathon snowfall, it’s amazing that the town highway guys didn’t pack their bags and move down south.

It wasn’t just the men who were exhausted by the endless work, but also their families who were waiting for them to return home.

It looks like they will have a repeat this weekend, which no one (except skiers, maybe) are looking forward to.

Still, exhausting or not, the Orange Highway Department is ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at them.

Readers have asked Orange Live why the town isn’t treating the roads during these storms, so we went to the authority on snow clean-up for an answer.

Crew Chief Donny Foyer said they will be out there when the first flakes fall and begin salting the roads. They will plow every road in town and then throw some more salt down when they’re done.

Orange, and many other surrounding communities aren’t using sand this year, so you won’t see the “obvious” brown layer on the roads.

If you follow our Facebook page, you will see comments about how much better Orange roads are than those in Milford or West Haven, so it’s clear that the salt works.

Foyer said people don’t notice the road treatment for this reason: Salt is white, snow is white and the salt residue can’t be seen until the roads are dry.

SNOW PLOW DRIVERS (Contractors) — I’ve Got A Deal For You

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Dec 142013

Screen shot 2013-12-14 at 3.53.05 PMOrangectlive.com is offering snow plow drivers a special price on advertising for the season.

All of you and I are independent business people and I know money is tight. Why not help one another?

Orange Live will help get YOUR name out there on our site where about 1,000 or more people will see it EVERY day for 12 weeks until the 2nd week in March.

What I will need is a .jpg of your business logo OR I will make up a graphic for you.

Your ad will be linked to your business home page or Facebook page, and your information will be included in an article that will run each week on Orangectlive AND our Facebook page.

Give me a call at 203-506-1747 or e-mail orangectlive01@gmail.com.


Orange Department of Public Works Snow Plowing Policy

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Nov 042013

Snow-PlowThere are over 110 miles of streets in the Town of Orange. Snow removal can cost up to $2,500.00 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 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.

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

This shield goes up on Meetinghouse Lane every year, and when the snow is gone, the mailbox is still there.

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 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 snow.

Where Are The Snow Plows? Emergency Management Director Speaks …

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Feb 102013

Orange CERT member clears the fire hydrant near her home.

Sunday morning February 10

There are still Town Roads which have not been plowed.  Please stay off the roads as much as possible.  Many roads are one lane and difficult for vehicles to pass in opposite directions.  Please be patient as the amount of snow is very difficult to move.

We are fortunate that Orange has no electric power outages at this time and only a couple over the past two days.

When clearing driveways, DO NOT leave snow piles in the roadway, this can limit access for emergency vehicles.

Please clear hydrants in your neighborhood, if possible.

Check on your elderly neighbors.

The shelter remains closed at this time.

To report power outages, call UI at 800-722-5584

Call 911 for emergencies only.

Tune to local news outlets for weather updates, we will send further notifications as conditions improve.

Thank You,

Fred Palmer

Emergency Managment Director

Snow Removal Businesses Pay Attention!

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Feb 082013


Orange Residents are looking for people to take care of their snow removal tomorrow.

Please post your business and phone number on our notice on the Orange Live Facebook page so they can call YOU.

SNOWPLOWING call Orange landscaping 203-376-8564
If snow plowing is needed, parking lot or driveway feel free to call or message me on facebook. Will have 3 trucks out during this weekends storm. 203 627 0584 Civale and Son Home Improvements